Serampore College: India’s First Institution To Receive A University Status

Al Arafat Sherfuddeen

June 23rd, 2016 / 5:22 PM

India might not have the best rankings with respect to investment in education, yet, today India has more than 300 universities and many thousands of colleges in India. Every history had a beginning, in the beginning of this journey was an institution which stood the test of time and history and still remains a shining beacon in imparting education to many Indians. Serampore college, the second oldest college in India started by Danish colonialists.
Serampore College is located in Serampore Town, in Hooghly District, West Bengal was granted the status of University in 1829, making it India’s first institution to have the status of a university. It was started in 1818 by William Carey, Joshua Marshman and William Ward. Since Serampore was a Danish colony, King Frederick VI, the King of Denmark, issued Serampore College its Royal Charter of incorporation in February 1827 in Copenhagen. When the British occupied India, all Danish assets were sold to the British including this famous college.

Motto and purpose

The motto of the college is “wise shall possess glory”, which sets the tone of how Serampore college has prioritized wisdom over everything. The college in its inception also wanted to make sure there was no discrimination in admission to college and said in words that people from all caste and color will be admitted into the college.
Some of the notable alumni’s of the college include Lynn De Silva, who was the editor of one of the first theosophical journals which detailed on the encounter between Christians and Buddhists. Other alumni includes Hoshike Sema, a four-time chief minister of Nagaland.

Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Supreme Court Order For Medical College

Maharashtra’s Medical College Ordered To Pay Rs 3.8 Crore To Students For Denying Admission By SC

US Scholarship

UP: Tea Seller’s Daughter Bags Rs 3.8 Crore Scholarship To Top US College

UP Villagers Crowd-Fund A New College After It Was Left Abandoned By Bachchan Family

Bhopal: Medical Students Demand Transfer After Bank Seals College Hospital Over Non-Payment Of Loan

IISc Bangalore Best University In Country As Per NIRF Ranking 2018

IISc Bengaluru

IISc Retains Top Spot In Overall Ranking Released By HRD Ministry; Know The List

Latest on The Logical Indian

Get Inspired

Chennai Group Rescues Hundreds Of Stranded Animals In Kerala, Risking Own Lives

News

Finance Department Reveals Railways Operating At Loss; Spent Rs 111 To Earn Rs 100

News

Bengaluru: Over 1000 People Rendered Homeless After BBMP Demolishes Settlement

My Social Responsibility

Employing Thousands Of Landless Farmers, This Man Has Revolutionized Inland Fishery

Health

40% Eateries Listed On Food Delivery Apps Don’t Have Licences, FSSAI Asks To Delist Them

News

Bihar: Woman Kicked, Slapped & Paraded Naked By Angry Mob Over Suspicion Of Being A Murderer

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.