Institute - College History
The Past :
Chandernagore College had a long and glorious history before it arrived at its present avatar as a college run by the Government of West Bengal. It was originally established as St. Mary’s Institution by the French Catholic Missionary, Rev. Magloire Barthet in 1862; it received an affiliation to the University of Calcutta as a First Arts Level College in the year 1891. The institution was renamed College Dupleix in 1901, after the renowned Governor General of the French establishments in India Lord Joseph François Dupleix.

As the struggle for Indian Independence gathered storm and movements against the proposed Partition of Bengal consolidated the college became a political hotbed and centre of revolutionary activity with the support and inspiration of its illustrious sub-director, Professor Charuchandra Ray. Consequently it had to be closed down in December 1908. After a long hiatus of twenty-three years, the college was ultimately re-opened on 4 July 1931. I. A. and I. Sc Courses were also soon introduced; however, it received official recognition by the French government and was brought under the control of the French Education Directorate only in June 1938.

On 13th September 1945 the college section of College Dupleix was renamed College de Bussy, after Marquis de Bussy-Castelnau, who had served with distinction under Joseph François Dupleix in the East Indies Company. This was done in order to separate it from the school section of the same name.After India obtained independence, the freedom movement in the French colony of Chandernagore received great impetus and Chandernagore was finally declared a ‘free city’ on 27th November 1947. The new government of the free city of Chandernagore renamed the college as Chandernagore College on 17 May 1948, a name which remains till today.

Chandernagore came under the Indian Union on 2 May 1950 and it was finally integrated with the state of West Bengal on 2 October 1954. Consequently, Chandernagore College became a college administered directly by the Government of West Bengal.

The Present :
Chandernagore College became affiliated to the University of Burdwan in 1960. The Golden Jubilee of the college was celebrated in February 1982. In 2002, the college was accorded the status of a constituent college under the University of Burdwan.

There has been a steady and regular expansion of higher education in the college over the years, the landmarks being the establishment of a language laboratory in the French department in 2000, the introduction of the post graduate courses in Geography and Bengali in 2001 and 2006 respectively, the introduction of the Honours course in Computer Science in 2006 and the opening of a study centre of Netaji Subhash Open University in 1999, to name only a few.

The college was evaluated by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) in 2007 and was awarded the B++ rank. In 2008, Honours courses in Education, Environmental Science and Sociology were introduced. The one of its kind Post-graduate course in French, not taught anywhere else in West Bengal, was also introduced the same year.

Chandernagore College is recognized by the University Grants Commission under section 2 (f) (1956) and Section 12 (B) (1972). The distinguished faculty members of this institution hail from the prestigious West Bengal Senior Educational Services/ West Bengal Educational Services Cadre. At present the college offers courses (both Honours and Pass) in all major subjects in Science, Humanities and Commerce streams, including Post-graduate courses in Bengali, Geography and French. The students of this college are also encouraged to participate in co-curricular (such as literary quizzes) and extra- curricular (such as sports) activities for their all-round development.