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.

Heads of Government[edit]

Social reform[edit]



Public Administration[edit]

  • 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.[6]
  • Ranajit Datta, Chairman and Managing Director (retd.), Braithwaite, Burn and Jessop Ltd.[7]
  • Basanta Kumar De, Commercial Traffic Manager (retd.), of Bengal Nagpur Railways [8]
  • Sib Chandra Deb, Former Deputy Collector, Government of Bengal
  • Gurusaday Dutt, ICS, Secretary (retd.), Local Self Government and Public Health Secretary, Government of Bengal[9]
  • 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

Armed forces[edit]



  • 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







  • P. K. Roy, First Indian Principal of Presidency College, Calcutta



  • Shivtosh Mukherjee, Founding-Dean (retd.), School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Social Sciences[edit]



  • 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,[12] 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[13]
  • 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

Political science[edit]

  • 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






Poets and novelists and non-fiction writers[edit]

Artists and musicians[edit]

Filmmakers, theatre personalities and actors[edit]


  • Vece Paes, Member of the Bronze medal winning Indian Hockey team at the Munich Olympics, (1972)

Faculty members[edit]