List of Kolkata Presidencians
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According to the college directory of the University Grants Commission (India) there are eleven colleges that have the word "Presidency College" in their titles. Among them, four are primarily referred to as Presidency College only. The following list only contains the names of some eminent alumni of Presidency College, Kolkata. A former or current student, who had been admitted into the college, but did or did not complete the course is called a 'Presidencian'. Names of former students of Hindu College, which was its predecessor from 1817–1855, are also included in this list. Names of former distinguished faculty members of the college are also mentioned in this list.
- 1 Heads of Government
- 2 Social reform
- 3 Politics
- 4 Judiciary
- 5 Public Administration
- 6 Armed forces
- 7 Industry
- 8 Medicine
- 9 Engineering
- 10 Academics
- 11 Journalists
- 12 Poets and novelists and non-fiction writers
- 13 Artists and musicians
- 14 Filmmakers, theatre personalities and actors
- 15 Sportspersons
- 16 Faculty members
- 17 References
Heads of Government
- Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President of India (1950-1962)
- Mohammad Ali Bogra, Prime Minister of Pakistan (1953-1955)
- Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, President of Bangladesh (1972-1973)
- Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem, President of Bangladesh (1975-1977)
- Durga Mohan Das, Leader of the Brahmo Samaj
- Mahendranath Gupta, Author of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
- Raja Dakshinaranjan Mukherjee, Leader of the Young Bengal movement; Taluqdar of Shankarpore in the United
- Keshab Chandra Sen, Brahmo Reformer; founder of the Nababidhan Samaj
- Swami Vivekananda, Founder of Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math (for one year)
- Mohammad Ali of Bogra, Politician, diplomat and statesman; served as the third Prime Minister of Pakistan.
- Col. H.H. Nripendra Narayan Bhup Bahadur, Maharaja of Coochbehar
- Surendranath Banerjea, 11th President of the Indian National Congress
- Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Chief Minister of West Bengal (2001–11)
- Subhas Chandra Bose, 53rd President of the Indian National Congress and founder of the Forward Bloc (later expelled)
- Bhupendra Nath Bose, Under Secretary in the Council for the Secretary of State for India
- Sarat Chandra Bose, Works, Mines and Power Member, Government of India, (1946)
- Somnath Chatterjee, Speaker of Lok Sabha, India, (2004–2009)
- Pratap Chandra Chunder, Education and Social Welfare Minister, Government of India, (1977–1980)
- Asim Dasgupta, Finance Minister, Government of West Bengal, (1987-2011)
- Ullaskar Dutta, Former Member of Jugantar Party
- Atulkrishna Ghosh, Member of the Anushilan Samiti
- Jnan Chandra Ghosh, Kt., Former Member-in-Charge of Education, Health and Scientific Research, Planning Commission, India, (1955)
- Nolini Kanta Gupta, Participated in the Alipore Bomb case
- A.K. Fazlul Huq, Prime Minister of Bengal, (1939–1943)
- Azizul Haque, B.L, C.I.E, K.C.S.I, D.Litt, Former Education Minister, Government of Bengal
- Humayun Kabir, Education Minister, Government of India, (1958–67)
- Pandit Yamuna Karjee, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Bihar and Orissa (1937–42)
- Bishnu Ram Medhi, Chief Minister of Assam (1950–57)
- Amit Mitra, Finance Minister of West Bengal, (2011–present)
- Syama Prasad Mukherjee, Founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh; Industry and Supply Member, Government of India, (1946–50)
- Raja Dakshinaranjan Mukherjee, Leader of the 'Young Bengal Movement'; Taluqdar of Shankarpore in the United Provinces.
- Hirendranath Mukherjee, Member of Lok Sabha, India, (1952–77)
- Debi Prasad Pal, Minister of State for Finance, Government of India, (1991–96)
- Dr. Rajendra Prasad, First President of India
- Abdur Rahim, Member, Bengal Executive Council (Administration of Justice, Jail and other Allied Subjects), (1921–25), later President of the Central Legislative Assembly
- Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Chief Minister of West Bengal (1972–77)
- Saugata Roy, Minister of State for Urban Development, Government of India, (2009–2012)
- Ashoke Kumar Sen, Law and Justice Minister, Government of India, (1984–89)
- Mohit Sen, Founder, United Communist Party of India (UCPI), Member of the Communist Party of India
- Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, former Mayor of Calcutta.
- H.H. Maharaja Bir Pratap Singh Deo, Former Maharaja of Sonepur, Orissa
- Anugrah Narayan Sinha, First Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar (1946–1957)
- Lord Satyendra Prasanno Sinha, First Indian Governor of Bihar and Orissa (1920–1921)
- Atish Chandra Sinha, Minister of State for Public Undertaking, Cottage and Small Scale Industries, Government of West Bengal, (1972–1977); also Zamindar of Kandi, Bengal
- Bratya Basu, Higher Education Minister, Government of West Bengal, (2011–present)
- Chandeshwar Prasad Narayan Singh, Former Governor of Uttar Pradesh
- Syed Ameer Ali, First Indian Law Lord of the Privy Council.
- Gooroodas Banerjee, Former Judge of the High Court of Calcutta.
- Pramada Charan Banerjee
- Sir Sarat Kumar Ghosh, I.C.S, Chief Justice of Jaipur and Kashmir.
- Monomohun Ghose, First practising Indian Barrister of the Calcutta High Court.
- Altamas Kabir, 39th Chief Justice (retd.) of the Supreme Court of India.
- Fazlul Karim, First Chairman of Cox's Bazar.
- Sir Ashutosh Mookerjee, Former Chief Justice (actg.) of the Calcutta High Court and five times the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta.
- Radhabinod Pal, Judge (retd.) of the High Court of Calcutta.
- Sudhamoy Pramanick, Advocate, Indian independence activist, lifetime secretary of the 'Tili Samaj'.
- Brajkishore Prasad, Eminent lawyer; also Zamindar of Shrinagar in Bihar.
- Ajit Nath Ray, Chief Justice (retd.) of the Supreme Court of India.
- Subimal Chandra Roy, Judge (retd.), Supreme Court of India.
- Gnanendramohan Tagore, First Asian Barrister.
- Anandaram Baruah, First Assamese ICS officer.
- Atul Chandra Chatterjee, ICS, Former Indian High Commissioner to the UK
- Pares Chandra Datta, Former Director (retd.), Public Health, Government of Bengal.
- Ranajit Datta, Chairman and Managing Director (retd.), Braithwaite, Burn and Jessop Ltd.
- Basanta Kumar De, Commercial Traffic Manager (retd.), of Bengal Nagpur Railways 
- Sib Chandra Deb, Former Deputy Collector, Government of Bengal
- Gurusaday Dutt, ICS, Secretary (retd.), Local Self Government and Public Health Secretary, Government of Bengal
- Romesh Dutt, ICS, Former Dewan of Baroda
- Behari Lal Gupta, ICS, Former Dewan of Baroda
- Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah, I.E.S., Former ADPI for Mohammedan Education, Bengal
- Sukumar Sen, ICS, Chief Election Commissioner of India, (1952–60)
- Rathindranath Sengupta,, I.A.S., Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal
- Nitish Sengupta, I.A.S., Revenue Secretary (retd.), Government of India and Member of Parliament from Contai, West Bengal, (B.A. [Hons.] in History, 1951–53)
- Jawhar Sircar, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India (2008-2012), Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharti
- Ashok Mohan Chakraborty, Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal
- Prasad Ranjan Ray, Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal
- Himachal Som, I.F.S., Former Indian Ambassador to Italy
- Satyendranath Tagore, I.C.S., District and Sessions Judge (retd.) in Gujarat
- Basant Kumar Birla, Chairman, B.K. Birla Group.
- Khuda Buksh, Pioneer of insurance in Bangladesh.
- Nagendra Nath Das, Founder, Power Tools and Appliances Co., Ltd.
- Rama Prasad Goenka, Chairman Emeritus, RPG Group.
- Ramgopal Ghosh, Founder, R.G.Ghosh and Co.
- Sir Rajendra Nath Mookerjee, Founder, Indian Iron and Steel Company at Burnpur.
- Bhaskar Mitter, Chairman, Andrew Yule.
- Subodh Chandra Mullick, Founder, Life of Asia Insurance Company.
- Prafulla Chandra Roy, Founder, Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals.
- Mahendralal Sarkar, Founder, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Sciences, Calcutta.
- Fazlur Rahman Khan, Structural Engineer, designed Chicago's 100-story John Hancock Center and 110-story Sears Tower.
- Manas Kumar Chandra, Managing Director, The Shalimar Works(1980), Ltd., (2005-2010)
(Dr)Asok Kumar Ghosh, Formerly Technical Director & Head Water System Dept. M.N. Dastur & Co. Presently Consultant Tata Consulting Engineers,Kolkata
- Upendranath Brahmachari, First to synthesise urea stibamine
- Sarada Prasanna Das, I.E.S., Former Head of Department at Presidency College, Calcutta
- Amiya Charan Banerjee, Former Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University
- Ananda Mohan Bose, Mathematician; first Indian Wrangler at the University of Cambridge
- Radhanath Sikdar, First person to calculate the height of Mount Everest
- Azizul Haque, Contributed to the mathematical formula for Henry Classification System of fingerprinting still widely used in the world
- Jagadish Chandra Bose, Inventor of wireless communications, crescograph and discovered life in plants
- Satyendranath Bose, Discovered Bose-Einstein statistics along with Albert Einstein; Bosons
- Satish Ranjan Khastagir, Eminent physicist
- Sisir Kumar Mitra, A crater on the moon is named after him
- Amal Kumar Raychaudhuri, Physicist, known for Raychaudhuri's equation in General Theory of Relativity, former Professor and Head of Physics, Presidency College
- Meghnad Saha, Discovered the Saha ionization equation
- Ashoke Sen, Eminent physicist; Contributed to string theory
- Bikash Sinha, Padma Bhushan, Director (retd.), Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta and former Founder-Director, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Calcutta.
- Tapobrata Sarkar, works in String Theory and Quantum Gravity at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
- Amit Dutta, works in theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
- P. K. Roy, First Indian Principal of Presidency College, Calcutta
- Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, Founder-Director, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta
- Shivtosh Mukherjee, Founding-Dean (retd.), School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
- Surajit Chandra Sinha, Former Vice Chancellor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan; also Maharajkumar of Susanga, Bengal
- Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
- Amiya Bagchi, Chancellor, Tripura University, Agartala
- Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
- Pranab Bardhan, Professor at University of California at Berkeley
- Amitava Bose, Former Director, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
- Bibek Debroy, Former Director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi
- Maitreesh Ghatak, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
- Bimal Jalan, Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, (2000-4)
- Sugata Marjit, Former Director, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, (2007–2012)
- Radhakamal Mukerjee, Former Vice-Chancellor of University of Lucknow
- Mihir Rakshit, Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
- Debraj Ray, Julius Silver Professor of Economics, New York University
- Amartya Sen, Master, Trinity College, Cambridge, (1998–2004); winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1998
- Anindya Sen, Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
- Kalyan Sanyal, Professor of Economics, Dept. of Economics, University of Calcutta
- A.F. Salahuddin Ahmed, Professor (retd.) of History, Dhaka University; awarded the Ekushe Padak by the Government of Bangladesh.
- Rakhaldas Bandyopadhyay, Discoverer of Mohenjodaro, the principal site of the Harappa Culture.
- Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, Harvard University, USA.
- Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Professor of South Asian History, University of Chicago (B.A. [Hons.], Physics).
- Hirendranath Chakrabarty, Curator (retd.), Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta.
- Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor, University of Calcutta.
- Ashin Das Gupta, Padma Shri, Vice Chancellor (retd.), Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan.
- Atish Das Gupta, Director, West Bengal State Archives, Calcutta.
- Barun De, Founder-Director (retd.), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Calcutta and Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
- Tapati Guha Thakurta, Director, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta.
- Dwijendra Narayan Jha, Professor (retd.) of History, University of Delhi.
- Romesh Chandra Majumdar, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Dacca.
- Rajat Kanta Ray, Vice Chancellor (retd.), Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan.
- Hemchandra Raychaudhuri, Charmichael Professor (retd.) of Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Calcutta.
- Tapan Raychaudhuri, Padma Bhushan, Ad Hominem Professor (retd.) of Indian History and Civilisation, University of Oxford.
- Jadunath Sarkar, Vice Chancellor (retd.), University of Calcutta.
- Sumit Sarkar, Professor (retd.) of History, University of Delhi.
- Susobhan Chandra Sarkar, Professor and Head of Department of History, Presidency College, Calcutta.
- Jayanta Sengupta, Curator, Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta.
- Amalesh Tripathi, Ashutosh Professor (retd.) of History, Calcutta University, Calcutta.
- Nandini Gooptu, Head of Department, Oxford Department of International Development
- Partha Chatterjee, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University, New York, USA
- Sudipta Kaviraj, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Columbia University, New York
- Muhammad Shahidullah, Writer and linguist
- Madan Mohan Tarkalankar, Renowned textbook writer
- Ujjal Kumar Majumder, Former head and Professor,Deptt. of Bengali, University of Calcutta, Renowned Critic
- Ahmed Ali, British Council Visiting Professor of English, The National Central University, Nanking
- Jasodhara Bagchi, Former Chairperson, West Bengal Women's Commission, Calcutta
- Malabika Sarkar, former Vice-Chancellor, Presidency University
- Swapan Kumar Chakravorty, Director-General, National Library, Kolkata
- Sukanta Chaudhuri, Emeritus-Professor of English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta
- Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor of English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta
- Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Former Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Calcutta
- Peary Charan Sarkar, Former Headmaster, Hare School, Calcutta
- Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, USA
- Kshetresa Chandra Chattopadhyaya, Former Professor of Sanskrit at Allahabad University
- Bhudev Mukhopadhyay, CIE, Former Director of Public Instructions
- Haraprasad Shastri, Former Principal of Sanskrit College, Calcutta
- M. J. Akbar, Former Editor, The Asian Age
- Krishna Mohan Banerjee, Publisher of Inquirer
- Pramatha Chaudhuri, Former Editor of Sabuj Patra
- Rasik Krishna Mallick, Former Editor, Jnananwesan.
- Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Opinions Editor, The Telegraph
- Udayan Mukherjee, Managing Editor, CNBC India.
- Pritish Nandy, Former Editor, Illustrated Weekly of India
- Akshay Chandra Sarkar, Former Editor, Sadharani
Poets and novelists and non-fiction writers
- Rabindranath Tagore first Nobel laureate & the National Poet of India
- Manik Bandopadhyay, Novelist
- Rajnarayan Basu, Writer and prominent Brahmo
- Rajsekhar Basu, Novelist
- Samit Basu, Novelist
- Sasthi Brata, Writer
- Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Poet and Novelist
- Shakti Chattopadhyay, poet
- Jibanananda Das, Poet
- Henry Louis Vivan Derozio, Poet
- Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Poet
- Shankha Ghosh, Poet
- Shahidullah Kaiser, Winner of Bangla Academy Award
- Peary Chand Mitra, Novelist; author of the first true Bengali novel, 'Alaaler ghorer dulal'
- Acharya Kuber Nath Rai, Eminent writer of Hindi Literature
- Sukumar Ray, Poet and Humourist
- Upendrakishore Raychaudhuri, Writer.
- Bhabendra Nath Saikia, Novelist.
- Jyotirindranath Tagore, Poet and Novelist
- Dwijendralal Ray, Poet, Playwright and Musician
Artists and musicians
- Devajyoti Ray, Artist
- Dilipkumar Roy, Singer
- Atulprasad Sen, Singer
- Dwijendranath Tagore, Musician
- Pritam Chakraborty, Bollywood music director cum sound engineer
Filmmakers, theatre personalities and actors
- Pramathesh Barua, Actor and Director
- Bibhas Chakraborty, Theatre artist
- Ashok Kumar, Winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1988)
- Dinabandhu Mitra, Author of Nildarpan
- Satyajit Ray, Film Director; winner of the Oscar Award for Lifetime Achievement (1992)
- Aparna Sen, Actress
- Subrata Sen, Film-maker, author
- Srijit Mukherji, Film-maker.
- Vece Paes, Member of the Bronze medal winning Indian Hockey team at the Munich Olympics, (1972)
- Syed Ameer Ali, Former Judge of the High Court of Calcutta (Lecturer in Islamic Law)
- Jagadish Chandra Bose, Eminent physicist (Professor of Physics)
- Rabindra Kumar Das Gupta, Former Director, National Library, Calcutta (Offtg. Professor of English)
- Bishnu Dey, Eminent poet; winner of Sahitya Academy Award and Rashtriya Jnanpith Award
- David Lester Richardson, Former Principal of Hindu College, Calcutta
- Prafulla Chandra Roy, Founder of Bengal Chemical and Pharmaceutical Works (Assistant Professor of Chemistry)
- Indian Princely States: Coochbehar
- Encyclopædia Britannica Online: Subhas Chandra Bose
- Assam Legislative Assembly; see also Eminent Personalities
- Indian Princely States: Sonepur
- Lives Less Forgotten: Sir Sarat Kumar Ghosh
- Lives Less Forgotten: Pares Chandra Datta
- Lives Less Forgotten: Ranajit Datta
- Lives Less Forgotten: Basanta Kumar De
- Lives Less Forgotten: Gurusaday Dutt
- Satish Ranjan Khastagir
- Indian Princely States: Susanga
- Encyclopædia Britannica Online: Amartya Sen
- Lives Less Forgotten: Barun De