List of Kolkata Presidencians

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The following is a list of notable people associated with the old Presidency College, Calcutta.

Most Notable[edit]

Social reform[edit]




Prime Ministers[edit]

Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers[edit]


  • MJ Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India (2016–2018)[4]
  • Bratya Basu, Playwright and actor; Higher Education Minister, Government of West Bengal
  • Surendranath Banerjea, Minister in Bengal in the 1920s; 11th President of the Indian National Congress
  • Bhupendra Nath Bose, Bar-at-Law, Under Secretary in the Council for the Secretary of State for India;Vice Chancellor, University of Calcutta, and President, Indian National Congress.
  • Sarat Chandra Bose, Bengal Congress President; Works, Mines and Power Member, Government of India (1946) and first central cabinet Minister (1947)
  • Somnath Chatterjee, Speaker of Lok Sabha, India (2004–2009)
  • Sachindra Chaudhuri, Finance Minister of India, 1965-1967
  • Pratap Chandra Chunder, Education and Social Welfare Minister, Government of India (1977–1980)
  • Chittaranjan Das, known as "Deshbandhu", founder of Swaraj Party
  • Asim Dasgupta, Finance Minister, Government of West Bengal (1987–2011)
  • B.K. Handique, Union Minister of Mines & Development of North Eastern Region, GOI.
  • 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)
  • Fazlul Karim, Mayor of Cox's Bazar
  • Abdus Salam Khan, Minister of Public Works and Communication (1955–1956) in the East Pakistan provincial cabinet[5]
  • 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)
  • Debi Prasad Pal, Minister of State for Finance, Government of India (1991–96)
  • Abdur Rahim, Member of the Bengal Executive Council (Administration of Justice, Jail and other Allied Subjects) (1921–25); later President of the Central Legislative Assembly
  • Saugata Roy, Minister of State for Urban Development, Government of India (2009–12)
  • Ashoke Kumar Sen, Law and Justice Minister, Government of India (1984–89)
  • Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, former Mayor of Calcutta; President of Indian National Congress
  • Atish Chandra Sinha, Minister of State for Public Undertaking, Cottage and Small Scale Industries, Government of West Bengal (1972–77) & Zamindar of Kandi, Bengal

Members of Parliament and Legislative Assembly[edit]

Maharajas and Zamindars[edit]

Members of Political Parties[edit]



Armed Forces[edit]








Mathematical Sciences[edit]



Natural Sciences[edit]



Computer Scientists[edit]


  • Fazlur Rahman Khan, structural engineer; designed Chicago's 100-story John Hancock Center and 110-story Sears Tower. Widely known as the Einstein of Structural Architecture.




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

Social Sciences[edit]


  • Surajit Chandra Sinha, former Vice Chancellor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan; Maharajkumar of Susanga, Bengal[12]
  • Nirmal Kumar Bose; he was also a leading sociologist, urbanist, Gandhian, and educationist. Also active in the Indian freedom struggle with Mahatma Gandhi;served as Gandhi's private secretary in 1940's. Studied also Honors in Geology.



Political Scientists[edit]


Poets, 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]


  1. ^ ; President, Indian National Congress- 1938, 1939 (resigned), founded the Indian National Army (The Azad Hind Fauz); revered across the nation as 'Netaji' (Encyclopædia Britannica Online: * * Subhas Chandra Bose)
  2. ^ Assam Legislative Assembly
  3. ^ Eminent Personalities Archived 10 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "MEA | About MEA : Organization Structure : Ministers".
  5. ^ Karim, ASM Enayet (2012). "Khan, Abdus Salam". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  6. ^ Indian Princely States: Burdwan
  7. ^ Indian Princely States: Coochbehar
  8. ^ Lives Less Forgotten: Sir Sarat Kumar Ghosh
  9. ^ Lives Less Forgotten: Gurusaday Dutt
  10. ^ "Indian fellow - Joyoti Basu". Indian National Science Academy. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Prod to be the best". Archived from the original on 3 July 2015.
  12. ^ Indian Princely States: Susanga
  13. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online: Amartya Sen
  14. ^ Lives Less Forgotten: Barun De
  15. ^ Black, Joseph; Conolly, Leonard; Flint, Kate; Grundy, Isobel; Lepan, Don; Liuzza, Roy; McGann, Jerome J.; Prescott, Anne Lake; Qualls, Barry V.; Waters, Claire, eds. (4 December 2014). "Henry Louis Vivian Derozio". The Broadview anthology of British literature (Third ed.). Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. ISBN 978-1-55481-202-8. OCLC 894141161.
  16. ^ Bio