Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee

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Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee

Born: 29 June 1864

Died: 25 May 1924

  • He was a prolific Bengali educator, jurist, barrister, and mathematician.
  • He was the first student to be awarded a dual degree (MA in Mathematics and MSc in Physics) from Calcutta University.
  • Perhaps the most emphatic figure of Indian education, he was a man of great personality, high self-respect, courage, and towering administrative ability.
  • The second Indian Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta for four consecutive two-year terms (1906–1914) and a fifth two-year term (1921–23), Mukherjee was responsible for the foundation of the Bengal Technical Institute in 1906 and the University College of Science (Rajabazar Science College) of the Calcutta University in 1914.
  • Mukherjee also played a vital role in the founding of the University College of Law popularly known as Hazra Law College.
  • The Calcutta Mathematical Society was also founded by Mukherjee in 1908 and he served as the president of the Society from 1908 to 1923.
  • He was also the president of the inaugural session of the Indian Science Congress in 1914 held at the Rajabazar Science College, which he founded.
  • The Ashutosh College was also founded under his stewardship in 1916 when he was Vice-chancellor of the University of Calcutta.
  • He was often called “Banglar Bagh” (“Tiger of Bengal”) for his high self-esteem, courage, academic integrity, and a general intransigent attitude towards the British Government.

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