Dhaka College

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Dhaka College
ঢাকা কলেজ
Dhaka College logo
Motto Know Thyself
Type Public
Established 1841 (1841)
Chancellor President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid
Vice-Chancellor Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman
Principal Md. Muazzam Hossain Mollah [1]
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
Coordinates: 23°44′07.5″N 90°22′59.5″E / 23.735417°N 90.383194°E / 23.735417; 90.383194
Campus Urban, 18.57 acres (0.075 km²)
Affiliations University of Dhaka
Website dhakacollege.edu.bd

Dhaka College (Bengali: ঢাকা কলেজ) is a public college located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It offers higher-secondary education (HSC). It has bachelor's degree and master's degree programs as well which divisions are affiliated to the University of Dhaka since Feb 16, 2017. Among 685 colleges under National University, Dhaka college has been ranked 3rd according to National University Ranking of honours & masters in 2015.[2][3][4]


Dhaka College in 1904
First modern designed student hall of Dhaka College(1908), now known as Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah Hall of University of Dhaka

Dhaka College is one of Bangladesh's most important as well as these earliest higher-secondary educational institutions. It was established by James Taylor (civil surgeon at Dhaka) in July 1835 as an English Seminary School (at present Dhaka Collegiate School). Taylor organized a local Committee of Public Instruction with the help of district magistrate Mr. Grant. The school building was built partly out of public donations on the grounds of an English factory. On July 18, 1841, the school got their approval of the college. On November 20, 1841, the foundation stone of the college was placed and buildings were completed in 1846, with the aid of the Bishop of Calcutta. In the first graduating class there were both Muslim and Hindu students, as well as a number of foreign students, mainly from Armenia and Portugal.

The college was relocated in 1873 to a large building to the east of Victoria Park in order to accommodate the physics and chemistry laboratories. In 1908, it shifted to Curzon Hall while the science departments were housed in the present chemistry building of the University of Dhaka and two new halls were built there as well. In 1921, the college shifted again to the old High Court Building as University of Dhaka was established there. During the Second World War it moved to Siddique Bazar in purana Dhaka. Finally the college found its own permanent campus on Mirpur Road, Dhanmondi near Dhaka New Market since 1955.


(18 July 1841 - 1 July 1921) - Calcutta University
(1 July 1921 - 20 October 1992) - University of Dhaka
(21 October 1992 - 15 February 2017) - Bangladesh National University
(16 February 2017 - till now) - University of Dhaka[5][6]



The library of Dhaka College was established in 1841 at the time of establishment of the college. It has a collection of 30,000 books.[7]

Residential student halls[edit]

There are eight residential halls:

  • South Hall
  • North Hall
  • International Hall
  • West Hall
  • Elias Hall
  • Shaheed Farhad Hossain Hall
  • Southern Hall
  • Sheikh Kamal Hall


Dhaka college has 04 buses to transport students from different areas of Dhaka city.

They are:
1. Shankhanil (শঙ্খনীল)-starts from Mirpur 10
2. Puspak (পুস্পক)-starts from Jatrabari Signboard
3. Shankhachil (শঙ্খচিল)-starts from Shahjatpur, Notun bazar, Gulshan
4. Poddonil (পদ্মনিল)-starts from Malibagh Bazar


Dhaka College offers H.S.C., four years Honours and one year Masters course in various majors.

  • Department of English
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Management
  • Department of Bengali
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Geography & Environment
  • Department of History
  • Department of Islamic History and Culture
  • Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies
  • Department of Library & Information Science
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Marketing
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Zoology


Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


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