College was founded in the year 1872. The college had
its origin in the Calcutta Training School that was
founded by Thakurdas Chakraborty in 1859. In 1864, the
school came to be known as the Metropolitan Institution.
In 1872, the University of Calcutta granted affiliation
to the Institution for the First Arts (FA) standard.
The birth of the first private and truly secular college
in the Presidency of Bengal was hailed as a landmark
in the academic and cultural ethos of India.
was the great Indian educationalist and social reformer
Pandit Iswarchandra Vidyasagar who was associated with
the College from its very inception in 1872. The
college is a living monument of the untiring labours
of Vidyasagar who is known to be the founder of the
college. After the passing away of the founder in 1891,
the name, Metropolitan Institute, was changed to Vidyasagar
College in 1917.
the college in its new phase flourished to become a premier
center of higher education in both Arts and Science. In course
of time, the college was granted permission for study of Post
Graduate curriculum and today it can boast of all facilities
for Honours Course in as many as eighteen subjects in
Art and Science in under graduate curriculum and certain post
With well-equipped library and laboratories and highly qualified and committed faculty in various disciplines, Vidyasagar College offers today the proper infrastructure and environment to the students for the fuller development of their potentials.
in North Kolkata, near College Street, the college has a residential
hostel accommodation for the students in an adjacent building
on the Bidhan Sarani for facilitating students from far areas,
to reside in the hostel and study in the college.
The college has initiated steps for consolidation, development and expansion. A piece of land has been acquired in Salt Lake City for building and developing an exclusive and spacious second campus. This will enable the college to introduce new courses of study in vocational and job-oriented disciplines and conduct doctoral and post doctoral research activities, if permitted.
The College is governed by a council and the Principal is the secretary of the governing body and faculty head.