Maulana Azad College
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|Type||Government of West Bengal administered undergraduate co-educational liberal arts and sciences college|
|Established||1926: Islamia College |
1947: Central Calcutta College
1960: Maulana Azad College
|Principal||Dr. Subhasis Dutta|
8, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, Kolkata, 700013,
|Affiliations||University of Calcutta|
Maulana Azad College is a government administered liberal science and arts college, located in central Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It is located near the junction of Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road and SN Banerjee Road, popularly called "Lotus crossing". It is affiliated to the University of Calcutta. This College offers numerous courses in Islamic languages like Urdu, Arabic and Persian. The college offers both post-graduate and under-graduate courses in a number of subjects in the three streams of arts, science and commerce. However, the arts stream is the largest in terms of number of students in both the honours and general courses. Both male and female students study in the college. It is accredited an A grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Maulana Azad College was founded on 9 December 1926 by Victor Bulwer-Lytton, 2nd Earl of Lytton, then Governor of Bengal. It was originally called Islamia College. The institution was the culmination of efforts of notable Muslim leaders like A. K. Fazlul Huq, M.Nishat Anwar Chowdhury the Great, Syed Nawad Ali Choudhury and Sir Abdul Rahim.
- Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - Founding Father of Bangladesh, its first President and later served as the Prime Minister of his country.
- Mashiur Rahman (politician from Jessore) - ex-minister, member of the parliament, and the highest ranking Awami League leader assassinated by the Pakistani army during the 1971 liberation movement of Bangaldesh.
- Mohammed Salim (politician) - Ex Lok Sabha MP from Raiganj (Lok Sabha constituency), Politburo Member and senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) leader.
- Biman Bose - Chairman West Bengal Left Front, Politburo Member & West Bengal State Secretary of the West Bengal Communist Party of India (Marxist).
- Muhammad Mansur Ali - A senior leader of the Awami League and also served as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in 1975.
- Serajuddin Hossain - prominent Bangladeshi journalist and was the news and executive editor of The Daily Ittefaq.
- Binodanand Jha - the Chief Minister of Bihar from February 1961 to October 1963.
- Sultan Ahmed - Indian politician and the Union Minister of State for Tourism in the Manmohan Singh government.
- Taradas Bandyopadhyay - Bengali author