Surendranath Law College

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Surendranath Law College
TypeUndergraduate Law college
PrincipalDr.Mohammadi Tarannum (Vice-Principal)
Location, ,
AffiliationsUniversity of Calcutta

Surendranath Law College (Bengali :সুরেন্দ্রনাথ আইন কলেজ) formerly known as Ripon College) is an undergraduate law college affiliated with the University of Calcutta. It was established in Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal in 1885 by a trust formed by the nationalist leader, scholar and educationist Surendranath Banerjee, a year after he founded Surendranath College.[1] This is now regarded one of the oldest Law college of British India.[2][3]


The first name of the college was Presidency School in 1882,[4] when it was handed over to Sri Banerjee on 1 January 1884. That same year the Post-Graduate Department of Law was extended, and it was affiliated to the Calcutta University as an independent professional college in 1885. Banerjee renamed the school the Presidency Institution and brought it to the status of a college affiliated to the F.A. standard. The name was later changed to Ripon College, named after the British Viceroy George Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon.[5] [6] The name was changed again in 1949 to honour its founder Sri Surendranath Banerjee.[7][8] The women's section of the college was founded in 1931 by Mira Datta Gupta, its first principal. Swami Vivekananda delivered his first address in Calcutta from the rostrum of this college on his return from Chicago after his famous deliverance at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893. In 1911, Rabindranath Tagore read out at this college one of his essays dealing with the twin subjects of separatism to be found among many of countrymen and national integration.[9][10] This college was recognised by the University Grants Commission in 1972.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Dr. Somnath Mitra, Piyas (2002). From the principal's Desk. kolkata: Chatra Sansad. p. 13.
  3. ^ "Surendranath Law College Kolkata". Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Book review 'A Nation in Making': Banerjea's nation-A man and his history". Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Our Leaders". Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  6. ^ Meenakshi Mukherjee. "An Indian for All Seasons: The Many Lives of R.C. Dutt". Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Sir Surendranath Banerjea". Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  8. ^ Kunal Chakrabarti, Shubhra Chakrabarti. "Historical Dictionary of the Bengalis". Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b SURENDRANATH LAW COLLEGE. "About us". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  10. ^ a b Brief History. "Surendranath College". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Mohammadullah, Mohammad". Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Reminiscence of Revolutionary Leader Phani Bhusan Majumder". Retrieved 24 December 2018.