Scottish Church College
|Scottish Church College|
|Motto||Nec Tamen Consumebatur (Latin)|
Motto in English
|"Burning, but yet not consumed"|
|Established||1830: General Assembly's Institution
1843: Free Church Institution
1863: Duff College
1908: Scottish Churches College
1929: Scottish Church College
|Type||Government-aided Christian liberal arts college|
|Church of North India|
|University of Calcutta|
|Rector||Dr. John Abraham (Ex-Principal)|
|Location||Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Athletics||Track and field|
|Sports||Badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, and volleyball|
Scottish Church College is the oldest continuously running Christian liberal arts and sciences college in India. Being a premier seat of higher education in West Bengal, the college has been consistently highly rated by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, an autonomous organization that evaluates academic institutions in India. The college also enjoys the status of College with Potential for Excellence, a quality rating by the University Grants Commission. It is affiliated with the University of Calcutta for degree courses for graduates and postgraduates. Scottish Church College is a selective co-educational institution, which is better known for its academic standards, and its intellectual milieu. Students and alumni call themselves "Caledonians" in the name of the college festival, "Caledonia".
The college will become the fifth institution under Calcutta University and the second Christian minority college to have been awarded an autonomous status.
- 1 The founder and institutional origins
- 2 Historical context
- 3 Departments and programmes
- 4 Campus and infrastructure
- 5 Halls of residence
- 6 College publications
- 7 Activity clubs and extension activities
- 8 Sports and festivals
- 9 Students' union
- 10 Alumni association
- 11 Current status and recent initiatives
- 12 Scottish Church College in popular culture
- 13 Notable alumni
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
The founder and institutional origins
|Principals of General Assembly's Institution (1830–1908)|
|Principal of Free Church Institution (1843–63)|
|Principals of Duff College (1863–1908)|
|Principals of Scottish Churches College (1908–1929)|
|Principals of Scottish Church College (1929–present)|
The institutional origins are traceable to the life of Alexander Duff (1806–1878), the first overseas missionary of the Church of Scotland, to India. Known initially as the General Assembly's Institution, it was founded on 13 July 1830.
Alexander Duff was born on 25 April 1806, in Moulin, Perthshire, located in the Scottish countryside. He attended the University of St Andrews where after graduation, he opted for a missionary life. Subsequently, he undertook his evangelical mission to India. In a voyage that involved two shipwrecks (first on the ship Lady Holland off Dassen Island, near Cape Town, and later on the ship Moira, near the Ganges delta) and the loss of his personal library consisting of 800 volumes (of which 40 survived), and college prizes, he arrived in Calcutta on 27 May 1830.
Feringhi Kamal Bose
Initially supported by the Governor-General of India Lord William Bentinck, Rev. Alexander Duff opened his institution in Feringhi Kamal Bose's house, located in upper Chitpore Road, near Jorasanko. In 1836 the institution was moved to Gorachand Bysack's house at Garanhatta. Mr. MacFarlon, the Chief-Magistrate of Calcutta, laid the foundation stone on 23 February 1837. Mr. John Gray, elected by Messrs. Burn & Co. and superintended by Captain John Thomson of the East India Company designed the building. It is possible that he may have been inspired by the facade of the Holy House of Mercy in Macau, which reflects the influence of Portuguese Renaissance and Mannerist and colonial architecture. Traces of English Palladianism are also evident in the design of the college. The construction of the building was completed in 1839.
In the early 1800s, under the regime of the East India Company, English education and Missionary activities were initially suspect. While the East India Company supported Orientalist instruction in the vernacular languages like Persian, Arabic and Sanskrit, and helped to establish institutions like Calcutta Madrasah College, and Sanskrit College, in general, colonial administrative policy discouraged the dissemination of knowledge in their language, that is in English. The general apathy of the Company towards the cause of education and improvement of natives is in many ways, the background for the agency of missionaries like Duff.
Inspired by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Reverend Alexander Duff, then a young missionary, arrived in India's colonial capital to set up an English-medium institution. Though Bengalis had shown some interest in the spread of Western education from the beginning of the 19th century, both the local church and government officers were skeptical about the high-caste Bengali's response to the idea of an English-medium institution. While Orientalists like James Prinsep were supportive of the idea of vernacular education, Duff and prominent Indians like Raja Rammohun Roy supported the use of English as a medium of instruction. His emphasis on the use of English on Indian soil was prophetic:
|“||The English language, I repeat it, is the lever which, as the instrument of conveying the entire range of knowledge, is destined to move all Hindustan.||”|
Raja Ram Mohan Roy helped Duff by organizing the venue and bringing in the first batch of students. He also assured the guardians that reading the King James's Bible did not necessarily imply religious conversion, unless that was based on inner spiritual conviction. Imbibing the tenets of the Scottish educational system that shaped his ideals, Duff was, unlike the missionaries and scholars at the Serampore College, wholeheartedly committed to the cause of instruction in the English language, as that facilitated the advanced study of European religion, literature and science. By carefully selecting teachers, European and Indian, who brought out the best of Christian and secular understandings, and by emphasizing advanced pedagogical techniques that emphasized the Socratic method of classroom debate, inquiry, and rational thinking, Duff and his followers established an educational system, whose impact in spreading progressive values in contemporary Bengal would be profound. Although his ultimate aim was the spread of English education, Duff was aware that a foreign language could not be mastered without command of the native language. Hence in his General Assembly's Institution (as later in his Free Church Institution), teaching and learning in the dominant vernacular Bengali language was also emphasized. Duff and his successors also underscored the necessity of sports among his students. Interestingly, when he introduced political economy as a subject in the curricula, his faced his church's criticism.
In 1840, Duff returned to India. At the Disruption of 1843, Duff sided with the Free Church. He gave up the college buildings, with all their effects and established a new institution, called the Free Church Institution. He had the support of Sir James Outram and Sir Henry Lawrence, and the encouragement of seeing a new band of converts, including several young men born of high caste. In 1844, governor-general Viscount Hardinge opened government appointments to all who had studied in institutions similar to Duff's institution. In the same year, Duff co-founded the Calcutta Review, of which he served as editor from 1845 to 1849. In 1857, when the University of Calcutta was established, the Free Church Institution was one of its earliest affiliates, and Duff would also serve in the university's first senate. These two institutions founded by Duff, i.e., the General Assembly's Institution and the Free Church Institution would be merged later to form the Scottish Churches College. After the unification of the Church of Scotland in 1929, the institution would be known as Scottish Church College.
Along with Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the great social reformer often called the father of modern India, Dr. Duff supported Lord Macaulay in drafting his influential Minute for the introduction of English education in India. Eminent contemporary and successive missionary scholars from Scotland, notably Dr. Ogilvie, Dr. Hastie, Dr. Macdonald, Dr. Stephen, Dr. Watt, Dr. Urquhart contributed in spreading liberal Western education. The institutions founded by Duff have been coterminous with other contemporary institutions like the Serampore College, and the Hindu College in ushering the spirit of intellectual inquiry and a general acceptance of the ideals of the Enlightenment among Bengali Hindus, the then dominant indigenous ethno-linguistic group in the Company administered Indian territories. This exchange of ideas and ideals, and adoption of progressive values that would eventually influence many social reform movements in South Asia, has been widely regarded by historians specializing in nineteenth century India, as the epochs of the Young Bengal Movement and later, the Bengal Renaissance.
Duff's contemporaries included Reverend Mackay, Reverend Ewart and Reverend Thomas Smith. Till the early 20th century the norm was to bring teachers from Scotland, and this brought forth scholars like William Spence Urquhart, Henry Stephen, H.M. Percival etc. Indian scholars were also engaged as teachers by the college authorities, and the notable faculty includes names like Surendranath Banerjea, Kalicharan Bandyopadhyay, Jnan Chandra Ghosh, Gouri Shankar Dey, Adhar Chandra Mukhopadhyay, Sushil Chandra Dutta, Mohimohan Basu, Sudhir Kumar Dasgupta, Nirmal Chandra Bhattacharya, Bholanath Mukhopadhyay and Kalidas Nag, all of whom had all contributed to enhancing the academic standards of the college.
The college authorities played a pioneering role in promoting gender equality by emphasizing the significance of women's education. During much of the nineteenth century, the college remained the only institution of its kind in the city of Calcutta (and indeed in the country) to facilitate and actively promote the cause of co-education. Female students comprise half the present roll strength of the college. With the added interest of the missionaries in educational work and social welfare, the college stands as a monument to Indo-Scottish co-operation. The aims of the college are those of its founder namely, the formation of character through education based on Christian teaching.
Departments and programmes
|Bachelor of Arts (Honours)||Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours)||Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)||Bachelor of Science (Honours)|
|Department of Bengali||Department of Business Administration||Department of Commerce||Department of Botany|
|Department of English||Department of Chemistry|
|Department of History||Department of Computer Science|
|Department of Philosophy||Department of Economics|
|Department of Political Science||Department of Mathematics|
|Department of Sanskrit||Department of Microbiology|
|Department of Physics|
|Department of Zoology|
- Bachelor of Education (postgraduate course for women students, offered by the Department of Teacher Education)
- Master of Science in Chemistry (autonomous course, offered by the postgraduate section of the Department of Chemistry)
- Master of Science in Botany (autonomous course, offered by the postgraduate section of the Department of Botany)
Campus and infrastructure
The college sits on an area of six acres. It operates in seven buildings and two campuses. The main campus consists of the main building, which is among others, one of the oldest masonry pieces in the city of Kolkata and an example of colonial architecture. This has been declared a 'Heritage Building' by the statutory body constituted by the Government of West Bengal and the Calcutta Municipal Corporation. It includes the college Assembly Hall and the air-conditioned seminar room used by the departments for holding extension lectures and seminars. The main building houses the economics, history, political science, philosophy, zoology, botany, mathematics, English, Sanskrit and Bengali departments. A separate Science annex building houses the departments of physics and chemistry. Situated in the main campus, the central library of the college is well-equipped and fully computerized. The biological science departments are in possession of a museum and a ‘poly-house’. The college is encompassed by a garden and a lawn. Many medicinal plants are grown in this garden under the care of the botany department. There are rare and non-native plants in this garden as well. The Scottish Church College campus is a ‘green’ campus with solar lighting.
The second campus houses the Millennium Building and the Department of Teacher Education. The college auditorium, called the M.L. Bhaumik Auditorium, is fully air-conditioned and is located in the Millennium Building. It is named after Dr. Mani Lal Bhaumik, laser scientist and a renowned alumnus of the college. The cultural activities, special programmes, and students’extension activities are held here. The Millennium Building houses the departments of microbiology, computer science and business administration. The commerce classes, held in the morning batch of the college, are present in the Millennium Building. A separate building houses the department of teacher education.
Track and field
The college playground is situated about a kilometer away from the college. It has a full length football field and two other medium-sized football grounds. A running track surrounds the field. A two storied permanent pavilion (‘Watt Pavilion’) stands there, with separate changing rooms for boys and girls, toilets and a store-room. The teacher-in-charge of physical education is provided residential accommodation in a part of the pavilion. Separate common rooms for male and female students, equipped with indoor game facilities like table tennis are available in the campus.
Halls of residence
The college has five hostels for its students, all of which are situated near the college. They have fully functional recreational common rooms with audio-visual equipment.
- Lady Jane Dundas Hostel (for female students)
- Students' Residence (for female students)
- Duff Hostel
- Wann Hostel
- Ogilvie Hostel
The college publications are annual and consists of contributions from students and staffs.
- The Scottish Church College Magazine is published annually with contributions from past and present staff and students.
- The Scottish Herald is the college newsletter and is published annually.
- The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, a refereed international academic journal with an interdisciplinary approach which publishes research articles written by both experienced and young scholars all over the world, is annually published by the college. The journal discusses issues from various points of view, such as liberalism, empiricism, positivism, Marxism, structuralism, psychoanalysis, postmodernism, deconstruction, feminism, subaltern studies school and postcolonialism. The advisory board consists of noted personalities such as Amartya Sen, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Partha Chatterjee, Dipesh Chakrabarty and Amiya Kumar Bagchi among others.
Activity clubs and extension activities
The NSS unit
The college is successfully running the National Service Scheme programme under the University of Calcutta for the last three years. During 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 NSS has undertaken various regular activities, and has organized two special camps. The Scottish Church College NSS unit has adopted the Dewanji Bagan slum area of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation, adjacent to the college play ground, and has focused its activities in that area. Currently the NSS unit has 100 student volunteers, one programme officer, and 10 other teachers involved with the NSS activities. Every year 50 students participate in the NSS special camp. Apart from the NSS, nine faculty members of various departments are associated with different NGOs in their individual capacities. Besides, four faculty members and three library staff are involved with social work at an informal level in their neighbourhood. Often declared as one of the best in the whole University, the NSS Unit of the Scottish Church College participated in several programmes organised by the University of Calcutta during these years. The NSS Unit organised several environment/health/hygiene-related programmes in the college in collaboration with the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia and the college's department of teacher education.
Activity clubs and societies
The Scottish Church College has several active clubs and societies wherein students join and participate in intra-college or inter-college competitions, that help students to nurture talent. The students' union and the college authorities are involved in giving shape to these activity clubs.
- The Debating Society
- The Literary Society
- The Nature Study and Photography Club
- The Budding Painters' Club
- The Western and Indian Music Club
- The Dance and Drama Club
The Scottish Church College Annual Activity Day is organized by the college authorities annually, an event in which students from all departments gather to showcase their talents and develop as better performers.
Sports and festivals
The college conducts the sports day in the month of December every year, in the college playground. The best athletes and sportsmen from the college gather here. They compete each other in healthy sportsmanship spirits in various track and field events. The intra-college football and cricket tournaments are held during these two days. The students even participate in other inter-college athletic meets and sports meets throughout the year. The students of the college are regulars at the sports events organized by government colleges. The college authorities support initiatives to push students who are good athletes and sportsmen to a broader front, such as a district level or a national level sports and athletic meet.
CALEDONIA is a four-days long cultural fest organized by the Scottish Church College. Held annually, Caledonia is one of the largest and longest running festivals in Kolkata. It serves as a great attraction for students from different colleges. Caledonia invites other colleges from all over the city to participate in events like dancing, band performance, quizzes (the Chao Quiz being a major attraction) and a photography competition called Shutter Bugs. Caledonia does not confine itself to the four walls of the college campus, but goes out into the open by holding few of its on-stage events in Urquhart Square, outside the college. The fest is organized by the college authorities.
The students’ union is the representative organization of the students. The main body of the students’ union is formed by election of class representatives. The office-bearers are chosen by these members. The president and the general secretary of the students’ union are the main representatives of the students, and they are also members of the College Senatus. The students’ union plays a constructive role in the general activities of the college and coordinates them in the campuses. It organizes cultural programmes like freshers’ welcome, Caledonia and the Annual Social. The students' union organizes annual blood donation camps, social service related activities and recreational activities for the students.
The alumni association of the college is called the Scottish Church College Former Students' Association. Its primary objective is to keep the former students in touch with each other, and maintain links with the college. The association organizes reunion meetings and social gatherings to strengthen the spirit of friendship, service and cooperation among fellow Caledonians. Departments organize their reunion meetings either bi-annually or annually in the college campus.
Current status and recent initiatives
- Until 1953, administrative control over the college was exercised by the Foreign Mission Committee of the Church of Scotland. This was exercised by a local council consisting of representatives of the Church of Scotland and the United Church of Northern India. Later the Foreign Mission Committee of Church of Scotland relinquished its authority to the United Church of Northern India, and in 1970, the United Church of Northern India joined the Church of North India as a constituent body. This made the Church of North India the de facto and de jure successor (to the Church of Scotland) in running the administration of the college. As the college was founded on Christian (Protestant and Presbyterian) foundations, it derives its legal authority and status as a religious minority institution as defined by the scope of Article 30 of the Constitution of India.
- On 27 September 1980, the Indian Postal Service released a commemorative stamp on the college keeping in view its historical, cultural, and scientific heritage.
- In 2003, the college buildings and premises underwent renovation, with the financial support of the alumni and well-wishers.
- In 2004, the general section of the college was awarded grade 'A' after accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. The same grade was awarded upon re-accreditation in 2014.
- Since 2004, the college has been a member of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia and is a participant in that organization's Asian University Leadership Program.
- In 2006, the University Grants Commission (India) accepted the recommendations of the University of Calcutta to regard the college as College with Potential for Excellence.
- In 2011, the Scottish Government instituted a Centre of Tagore Studies in Edinburgh's Napier University, to facilitate integrated research on Rabindranath Tagore's works and philosophy. In Calcutta, this scholarly initiative (with student exchange programs) was extended to the college, involving the departments of English, Bengali and philosophy.
- The University Grants Commission is sponsoring the construction of the Quarto Sept Centennial Jubilee Building project of the college. The building plan has been approved by the Heritage Committee of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for necessary approval. The construction of the new building will be started very soon.
- In January 2014, the NAAC re-accredited the General Section of the college with Grade 'A' (meaning "Very Good") in January. The Teacher Education Section was reaccredited with Grade 'B' (meaning "Good").
- The College has been awarded the status of College with Potential for Excellence for a third time and is valid for the period April 2015 to March 2020.
- By 2017, the College is to become an autonomous institute, as collectively legislated by the Church of North India, the University of Calcutta and the University Grants Commission (India). It will be the fifth institute to be awarded the autonomous status under the University of Calcutta.
Scottish Church College in popular culture
- Satyajit Ray's fictional scientist-cum-investigator Professor Shonku started his career as a professor of physics at the Scottish Church College.
- Samaresh Majumdar's bestsellng novel Kalbela, which explores Calcutta's culture, politics and society in the aftermath of the 1970s Naxalite movement, won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984.
- Kaalbela: Calcutta My Love, a 2009 Bengali film directed by Goutam Ghosh on the events of the 1970s Naxalite movement, had scenes which were shot at the college.
- Egaro: The Immortal Eleven, was a 2011 sports film in Bengali directed by Arun Roy, that was based on the Mohun Bagan Athletic Club's victory over the East Yorkshire Regiment in the finals of the 1911 IFA Shield. Three members of the winning team were students of the college. The film also showed the college as a background.
Scottish Church College has produced and provided numerous noted personalities throughout these hundred and eighty five years. The Caledonians range from social activists to noted scientists and renowned academicians and administrators.
Social reformers and religious leaders
- Swami Vivekananda, proponent of Advaita Vedanta in the West and founder of the Ramakrishna Mission
- Rev. Lal Behari Dey, theologian of the Free Church of Scotland
- Brahmabandhav Upadhyay, theologian and preacher of New Dispensation Brahmoism, Protestantism, and Roman Catholicism
- Benoyendranath Sen, theologian of New Dispensation Brahmoism
- Sitanath Tattwabhushan, theologian and former president of the Sadharan Brahmo Samaj
- Krishna Kumar Mitra, former president of the Sadharan Brahmo Samaj
- Paramahansa Yogananda, proponent of Kriya Yoga in the West and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship
- A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, proponent of Gaudiya Vaishnavism and founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
- Rev. Aurobindo Nath Mukherjee, first Indian to serve as the bishop of Calcutta and as the Metropolitan bishop of India within the Church of India, Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon
- Swami Gambhirananda, former president of the Ramakrishna Mission
- Mohanananda Brahmachari, religious teacher and former head of the Ram Niwas Brahmacharya Ashram.
Independence activists and politicians
- Subhas Chandra Bose, former president of the Indian National Congress, founder president of the All India Forward Bloc, co-founder of the Indian National Army and head of state, Provisional Government of Free India
- Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, first democratically elected prime minister of Nepal
- Amarendranath Chatterjee, revolutionary associated with Anushilan Samiti, and Jugantar
- Syed Abul Mansur Habibullah, co-founder of the Bengal Provincial Krishak Sabha, and the Students Federation of India
- Saroj Dutta, communist activist
- Ambica Charan Mazumdar, former president of the Indian National Congress
- Nirmal Chandra Chatterjee, former president of the All India Hindu Mahasabha
- Gopinath Bordoloi, prominent freedom fighter, first chief minister of Assam
- Prafulla Chandra Sen, former chief minister of West Bengal
- Brington Buhai Lyngdoh, former chief minister of Meghalaya
- S.C. Marak, former chief minister of Meghalaya
- S.C. Jamir, former chief minister of Nagaland, former governor of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, and governor of Odisha
- Rishang Keishing, former chief minister of Manipur
- George Gilbert Swell, former deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha and former ambassador to Norway and Burma
- Birendra Narayan Chakraborty, former governor of Haryana
- Banwari Lal Joshi, former governor of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Meghalaya and Uttarakhand
- Ajit Kumar Panja, former minister of state for external affairs
- Sir Gooroodas Banerjee, former judge at the Calcutta High Court
- Sudhi Ranjan Das, former Chief Justice of India
- Amal Kumar Sarkar, former Chief Justice of India
- Subimal Chandra Roy, former judge of the Supreme Court of India
- Sambhunath Banerjee, former judge of the Calcutta High Court
- Amarendra Nath Sen, former chief justice of the Calcutta High Court, and former judge of the Supreme Court of India
- Samarendra Chandra Deb, former chief justice of the Calcutta High Court
- Anil Kumar Sen, former chief justice of the Calcutta High Court
- Anandamoy Bhattacharjee, former chief justice of the Sikkim, Calcutta and the Bombay High Courts
- Ganendra Narayan Ray, former chief justice of the Gujarat High Court, and former judge of the Supreme Court of India
- Umesh Chandra Banerjee, former chief justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court and former judge of the Supreme Court of India
- Mukul Gopal Mukherjee, former chief justice of the Rajasthan High Court
- Shyamal Kumar Sen, former chief justice of the Allahabad High Court, and former governor of West Bengal
Scholars and academic administrators
- Chandramukhi Basu, one of the first female graduates of the British Empire, and the first female head of an undergraduate college in South Asia (as principal of Bethune College, Calcutta)
- Sir Gooroodas Banerjee, first Indian vice chancellor of the University of Calcutta
- Sir Brajendra Nath Seal, first chancellor of Visva-Bharati University, former vice chancellor of the University of Mysore
- Sir Jnan Chandra Ghosh, formerly director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, founder-director of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and former vice chancellor of the University of Calcutta
- Tarak Nath Das, formerly professor of political science at Columbia University
- Sarat Chandra Roy, pioneering anthropologist, often regarded as the father of Indian ethnography, and as the first Indian anthropologist
- Biraja Sankar Guha, pioneering anthropologist, one of the first PhD recipients in anthropology in the world (Harvard University, 1924) and founder-director of the Anthropological Survey of India
- Nirmal Kumar Bose, eminent anthropologist and freedom fighter
- Ramaprasad Chanda, anthropologist and archaeologist
- Hem Chandra Raychaudhuri, formerly Carmichael Professor of Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Calcutta
- Tapan Raychaudhuri, ad hominem professor of Indian history and civilization and emeritus fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford
- Rabindra Kumar Das Gupta, formerly Tagore professor of Bengali literature, University of Delhi, and former director of the National Library of India
- Asima Chatterjee, first Indian woman to earn a doctorate in science, first female recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, and first female president of the Indian Science Congress
- Animesh Chakravorty, recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in chemistry, formerly chair of the department of chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
- Sambhunath Banerjee, Nirmal Kumar Sidhanta, Ramendra Kumar Podder, and Santosh Bhattacharyya, former vice chancellors of the University of Calcutta
- Nityananda Saha, former vice chancellor of the University of Kalyani
Performing arts, theater and cinema
- Sisir Bhaduri, noted playwright
- Pankaj Mullick, Bollywood and Bengali cinema music director and composer
- Birendra Krishna Bhadra, broadcaster, playwright, and theater director
- Suchitra Mitra, Rabindra Sangeet exponent
- Manna Dey, Bollywood film music exponent
- Mrinal Sen, internationally acclaimed art film director and cultural commentator
- Buddhadeb Dasgupta, noted parallel cinema director and poet
- Tarun Majumdar, film director
- Utpalendu Chakrabarty, film director and thespian
- Mithun Chakraborty, Bollywood action hero and social activist
- Shyamanand Jalan, thespian and theatre director
- Shilajeet Majumdar, singer and actor
- Badal Sircar, dramatist
- Rudraprasad Sengupta, eminent theatre personality, director of Nandikar theatre group and cultural critic
- Partha Pratim Chowdhury, film director and playwright
- Manoj Mitra, dramatist
- Madhav Sharma, actor, comedian, theater director
- Pulak Bandyopadhyay, lyricist and composer
Writers, poets and journalists
- Dhan Gopal Mukerji, socio-cultural critic and first successful Indian man of letters in the United States of America; winner of Newbery Medal (1928)
- Nirad C. Chaudhuri, polymath, historian and commentator on culture, and Commander of the Order of the British Empire
- Satyendranath Dutta, poet
- Sudhindranath Dutta, author and poet
- Ashok Kumar Sarkar, former editor of Desh literary magazine and editor-in-chief of the Anandabazar Patrika (1958-1983)
- Parvati Prasad Baruwa, litterateur
- Premendra Mitra, novelist, short story and science fiction writer, and film director
- Subhas Mukhopadhyay, poet
- Samaresh Majumdar, novelist
- Sanjib Chattopadhyay, journalist, author and critic
- Bani Basu, essayist, novelist, and poet
- Kanhaiyalal Sethia, poet
- Farrukh Ahmed, poet, writer, activist of the Language Movement
- Derek O'Brien, quiz-master and author
- Bina Sarkar Ellias, founder-editor and publisher of International Gallerie, a global arts and ideas magazine
- Mustafa Manwar, artist and media personality
- Madhu Rye, playwright, novelist and short story writer
Administrators and industrialists
- Binay Ranjan Sen, former director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization
- Jagmohan Dalmiya, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the first Indian chairman of the International Cricket Council
- Mani Lal Bhaumik, scientist turned entrepreneur, inventor of the excimer laser and author
- Diptendu Pramanick, first secretary of the Eastern India Motion Pictures Association, and secretary of the Film Federation of India (1953–54)
- Evelyn Norah Shullai, pioneer of the Girl Guides Movement in India
- Gourgopal Ghosh, football player for the Mohun Bagan club and mathematician
- Dharma Bhakta Mathema, bodybuilder, political activist and anti-royalist martyr in the Kingdom of Nepal
- Surya Shekhar Ganguly, chess grandmaster and national champion
- Sreerupa Bose, former member, India national women's cricket team
- Scottish Church Collegiate School, the twin institution of the college, also founded by Reverend Alexander Duff.
- Saint Columba's main doorway
- Basu, Pradip. The Question of Colonial Modernity and Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008. p.35.
- Matilal, Anup. The Scottish Church College: A Brief Discourse on the Origins of an Institution in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008. pp.19-20.
- Sen, Asit and John Abraham. Glimpses of college history, 2008 (1980). Retrieved on 3-10-2009
- Pitlochry Church of Scotland's obituary of Alexander Duff
- The missionary’s mission in Calcutta
- Matilal, p. 17.
- Basu, pp. 33-4.
- Sardella, Ferdinando. Rise of Nondualism in Bengal in Modern Hindu Personalism: The History, Thought and Life of Bhaktisiddhanta. Oxford University Press, 2013. pp. 39-40.
- Bandyopadhyay, Kausik. Games Ethic in Bengal: A Commentary on the sporting tradition of the Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008. pp. 74-5.
- A Tradition of Notable Firsts
- Master visionary
- Basu, p. 35.
- Manna, Mausumi, Women's Education through Co-Education: the Pioneering College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008, page 107-116
- Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
- Photo Gallery pp. 559-61.
- Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
- Postage stamp on Scottish Church College, Calcutta
- Abraham, John. A Foreword in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008. p.4.
- Abraham, p.6.
- United Board Partner Institutions
- Abraham, p.8.
- Star tag on six colleges
- Half in, half out in college tag race
- Tagore drew inspiration from Scottish bard for his poem - article in the Times of India
- Glasgow tie-up for CU - article in the Calcutta Telegraph
- The College Annual Day 2012-13
- Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007
- Article in The Telegraph on the film Kaalbela
- The death anniversary of Indian Football's first legend
- Football scores at the box office in cricket-mad India
- From the Brahmo Samaj website
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