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City College (Amherst Street), Kolkata

A Unit of Sadharan Brahmo Samaj Education Society
Established : 1881 Type : Government
Vice-Principal : Prof. Sisir Ranjan Bhattacharya Principal : Dr. Sital Prasad Chattopadhyay
Former Name : City College (Amherst Street) Location : Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Affiliations : University of Calcutta Website :
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Contact Details
»Main Building
102/1, Raja Rammohan Sarani, Kolkata - 700 009. West Bengal. INDIA.
»Main Building
+91 (033) 2350 6505   +91 (033) 2350 1565
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Course Details
Here is a list of courses offered by the institution.
Under Graduate Courses
Bachelor of Arts - Honours and General
»Political Science
Bachelor of Commerce - Honours and General
  »As per C.U. Rules.
Bachelor of Science - Honours and General
About College
With its imposing legacy, City College refers back to the golden days of the Bengal Renaissance. In 1881, stalwarts of the Sadharan Brahmo Samaj envisaged a holistic system of education for the younger generation. Since its inception, City College has been retaining that 'man-making' vision.

This college provides a stimulating environment where young minds have a fair chance to bloom into mature intellects. The college offers a wide choice of undergraduate courses both at honours and general level in disciplines of Arts, Science and Commerce. City College draws its academic strength from its competent faculties, well-equipped laboratories and an exceptionally resourceful library. Seminars, workshops and various extension programmes further liven up the institutional ambience.

In its long run of 129 years, City College can boast of playing Alma Mater to numerous illustrious minds of Bengal's progressive past and present. And, the future of this trend surely holds myriad promises for the posterity.
College History
City College is one of the remarkable heritage institutions of Calcutta ( now , Kolkata ) which played a prominent social role in the wake of the Bengal Renaissance of the nineteenth century. This college has passed through the meandering course of time and various stages of change before reaching its present status.

City College owes its origin to the intensive effort for spread of English education in Bengal, towards the end of the nineteenth century, by several educationists and philanthropists. In a fledgling form this institution was founded as a High School on 6th January 1879, by late Ananda Mohan Bose in collaboration with two other educationists, Pandit Shibnath Sastri and Sir Surendra Nath Banerjee of Sadharan Brahmo Samaj. Sivanath Sastri was the first Secretary of the school committee and also its first Headmaster. After Only two years in the year 1881 the High School was developed into a College and F.A classes were opened. The college was founded by late Ananda Mohan Bose, M.A., Barrister-at-Law and the first Indian wrangler of Cambridge University. Pandit Sivanath Sastri, some veteran educationists, and a few other stalwarts of Sadharan Brahmo Samaj rendered their best help to the cause of the Institution and joined its tutorial staff. Umesh Chandra Dutta, also a Brahmo stalwart, became the first Principal of City College. The College was first established in an old house. After a short while, that house at 13, Mirzapur Street (Now Surya Sen Street) was purchased for the City College.

From the inception, the City College has been managed by Sri Ananda Mohan Bose, Sri Sivanath Sastri and other Brahmo leaders who handed over the management to Sadharan Brahmo Samaj which founded the Brahmo Samaj Education Society (B.S.E.S.)

In 1883 a Law Department was added to City College; and in 1884, it was elevated to a First Grade College when B.A. courses in several subjects also commenced. A branch of this institution, the City College at Mymensingh was established in 1901 and is still imparting education in Bangladesh. In the year 1905, the college had been placed under the control of a society, known as the Brahmo Samaj Educational Society (BSES). The new and present mansion of City College at 102/1 Raja Rammohan Sarani, Kolkata ‚Äď 9 was erected in 1917 along with the Rammohan Hostel. The new building was inaugurated in 1918. In 1939 a Commerce Department was opened and City College attained the position of the biggest college in Asia. This was followed by the inauguration of the Women‚Äôs Department in 1943. And from 1947 to 50, honours courses in several branches of science were also started here. In course of time City College opened many branches. Several institutions originated and were fostered at the City College Buildings, among which may be mentioned the Calcutta Deaf and Dumb School, the Anath Bandhu Samity, the Central Bengal Union, and Dr. M.M. Bose‚Äôs Homeopathic Institution. In the year 1961 the branches of the City College evolved into separate colleges under instructions of the University Grants Commission. While the original college retained the earliest title ‚ÄúCity College‚ÄĚ, the branches were named as i) Rammohan College, ii) Ananda Mohan College, iii) Umesh Chandra College, iv) City College of Commerce and Business Administration, v) Sivanath Sastri College, vi) Heramba Chandra College, and vii) Prafulla Chandra College.

From its inception, the Institution was conceived with the intention of educating Indian students of all races and creeds on an improved and comprehensive plan. Hence, apart from the university syllabi, students were given training in various other subjects including music, science, gymnastics and moral science for building their character. Special care was taken for the moral education of the pupils. Even a society called Asabahini (Band of Hope) was founded with a view to motivate the students towards this direction. Many luminaries taught at City College ; among them were Sivanath Sastri, Umes Chandra Dutta, Krishna Kumar Mitra, Surendranath Banerjee C. R. Das, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. Harendra Kumar Mukhopadhyay, poet Jibanananda Das and Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah to name a few. The legendary Heramba Chandra Maitra was one of its illustrious Principals. Among the eminent patrons of the College were the Late Director of Public Instruction Sir Alfred Croft, Lord Ripon, Viceroy and Governor-General of India; Lord Dufferin, Viceroy and Governor-General of India; Sir Alexander Mackenzi, Lieutenant Governor of Bengal, Sir John Woodburn, Lieutenant Governor of Bengal, and the Maharaja of Kooch Behar.

City College from its modest start has grown into a mighty institution during the period of about 130 years. At present it has a strength of nearly 3000 students. The college now offers a wide range of subject options to the students so that a majority of them may find a subject suited to his/her aptitude and career objectives. There are 14 subjects in which Honours courses are offered - Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics, Botany, Zoology, Physiology and Commerce. Besides, general courses are offered in three different streams ‚Äď B.A., B.Com. and B.Sc. (Physical Science and Biological Science).

The present scenario of City College is vibrant with several expansive activities. Several extensions like career counseling and placement cell, health unit and social service unit have been added to enhance the infrastructural support to the students and several other projects are on the anvil. This heritage institution is still poised to attain new echelons.
Facilities Available
»Common Room
  • The college has a spacious common room with facilities for playing indoor games which remains open during the college hours. A number of periodicals, including some of the popular English/Bengali journals and a collection of selected works of well known authors are available in the common room for the use of the students. English and Bengali daily newspapers are also kept for the students. There are arrangements for plying indoor games like table tennis, carom, chess etc. There is a separate common room for girl students. Indoor games facilities are available also in this common room.
»Medical Services
  • A tie up with Students‚Äô Health Home provides medical benefits to students at a normal charge. The College provides emergency medical support to the students and the staff.
  • There are several canteens inside the college campus. Some of these canteens are exclusively students‚Äô canteens. A faculty canteen is located in the teachers‚Äô common room. Several departmental canteens also cater to the need of the respective departmental staff members.
  • The College has a well-equipped modern multigym where students can augment their strength and fitness levels any time during the College hours. To help them choose the proper training regime, two well-qualified instructors have been appointed by the College.
»Interet Facilities
  • The college has a wide network of Broad Band Internet connection. The Internet connection is available in the Department of Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Physiology and commerce. Internet facilities are available to the students in the library premises. The office, establishment, accounts and the principal office also have the net facilities.
»Grievance Redressal Cell
  • The college has a Grievance and Redressal Cell comprising of teaching staff for redressal of grievances from students. Anonymous letters of complaint shall not entertained. Students are given the opportunity to place their grievances before the college authorities. The college authorities also undertake a thorough examination of the grievances and take appropriate necessary actions. The grievance redressal cell is only a recommending body which would suggest corrective measure if such needs arise. All decisions are to be taken by the college administration.
»Career and Counseling Cell
  • The Institutions of higher education can no longer remain content by merely arranging a series of lectures to be delivered in classes. They have to face the inevitable query ‚ÄėWhat do I do after I pass out?‚Äô The Career & Counseling Cell was recently born out of a desire to address this query.

    The basic objectives of the Cell are threefold :
    • to sensitise the students about opportunities, both in their pursuit of higher studies and in their search for jobs
    • to groom them for the job market, and
    • arranging for campus interview of final year students.
    Teachers have always advised students about opportunities, but done so in an informal way. We hope to consolidate the process into a regular and formal College activity. For enhancing the employability of the students, our UGC- financed Career & Counseling Cell is conducting skill development workshops and training sessions from the coming academic session. A small beginning has already been made in respect of placement, as a few final year Commerce students/ fresh Science graduates have received job offers from very reputed companies. We hope that from the coming session, the initial trickle will be transformed into a steady stream.

    The U.G.C. encourages the introduction of Remedial Courses for students belonging to the SC/ST category. City College, with a large number of students from the aforementioned “backward categories", is well-suited to conduct such a course. With the financial assistance from the UGC, we are poised to introduce remedial classes in our College from the academic session 2010-11.

    The classes for the said course will be taken before/after the regular College hours or during vacations. At least 100 students must enrol for the scheme. The target group is the 1st year students. To begin with, the facility would be provided in a few departments, which shall choose the papers/subjects in which remedial classes shall be taken. Linguistic proficiency will also be focused upon. There will be at least 50 hours of teaching for a 100-mark paper.

    The classes, conducted on the lines of a tutorial, are likely to greatly benefit the students who are lagging behind. It is hoped that with the introduction of the scheme, the results of such students in the University examinations will improve substantially.
»Book and Stationary Store
  • There is a book and stationery stall in the College premises, where most text books are available. It is a great help for the students who can find the recommended books at their doorstep.
»Concession of Fees
  • There is a system of fee-waiver for poor but meritorious students. Students desirous of availing of this opportunity must apply to the college authority after the publication of the relevant notice.
    Financial assistance is extended to the deserving students in respect of examination fees.
»Railway Concession
  • Students are entitled to travel by rail at a concessional fare subject to certain conditions. Necessary information in this regard may be obtained from the college office.

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