One of the oldest colleges in the country — and now a university — will virtually celebrate its 204th Founder’s Day on January 20, owing to the pandemic.
Present students, faculty, university officers and the staff, along with former students of Presidency from across the globe, will log in at 7pm on January 20 to reminisce and celebrate the legacy of one of the most iconic institutions and an eminent centre of learning in the country.
The Atul Chandra Gupta Distinguished Alumnus award for 2021 will be conferred on Professor Partha Chatterjee, who will deliver the Founder’s Day lecture. Last year, Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee received the award. Chatterjee will be introduced by another alumnus and former VC of CU Sugata Marjit. “Professor Chatterjee is from the 1964-1967 batch. He is a renowned political scientist and anthropologist,” said Bivas Chaudhuri, vice-president of the alumni association.
“In the morning, we shall have a small ceremony in the Arts library on the College Street campus where the foundation stone of the institute lies,” he said.
The annual Autumn Journal edited by alumnus Prasad Ranjan Roy will also be released during the online ceremony.
The Hindoo College was established in 1817 and was transformed into Presidency College of Bengal in 1855. In 1857, it was placed under the Calcutta University. In 2010, it received the status of a university.