Motto in English
|Type||7 affiliated college|
|Established||20 November 1841|
|Affiliation||University of Dhaka|
|Campus||Urban, 7.52 hectares (18.57 acres)|
Dhaka College (Bengali: ঢাকা কলেজ also known as DC) is the oldest secular educational institution of Bangladesh located in New Market, Dhaka 1205 . It offers higher secondary education (HSC). It has Honours and Masters programs as well which are affiliated to the University of Dhaka.
Dhaka College is one of Bangladesh's most important as well as earliest higher-secondary educational institutions. It was established by James Taylor Wise (civil surgeon at Dhaka) in 1835 as an English Seminary School (present Dhaka Collegiate School). Wise organized a local Committee of Public Instruction with the help of district magistrate Grant. The school building was built partly out of public donations on the grounds of an English factory. On 18 July 1841, the school got its approval from the college. On 20 November 1841, the foundation stone of the college was placed and buildings were completed in 1846, with the aid of the Bishop of Calcutta. In the first graduating class there were both Muslim and Hindu students, as well as a number of foreign students, mainly from Armenia and Portugal.
The college was relocated in 1873 to a large building to the east of Victoria Park in order to accommodate the physics and chemistry laboratories. In 1908, it shifted to Curzon Hall while the science departments were housed in the present chemistry building of the University of Dhaka and two new halls were built there as well. In 1921, the college shifted again to the old High Court Building as the University of Dhaka was established there. During the Second World War, it moved to Siddique Bazar in Purana Dhaka. Finally, the college found its own permanent campus on Mirpur Road, Dhanmondi near Dhaka New Market in 1955.
- Calcutta University
(18 July 1857 – 1 July 1921)
- University of Dhaka
(1 July 1921 – 20 October 1992)
- National University, Bangladesh
(21 October 1992 – 15 February 2017)
- University of Dhaka
(16 February 2017 – present) 
- Partial list of the principals
- T Wise
- William Brennand (1856)
- W Booth
- A W Garrett
- F C Turner
- A J Archibald
- PK Roy
- Mondi Shahib
- Jalal Uddin Ahmed (1968)
- Bashirul Haque (2008)
- Naiyer Sultana
- Ayesha Begum (2013)
- Tuhin Afroza Alam (2015)
- Moazzem Hossen Mollah (2016, 2017, 2018)
- Nehal Ahmed (2019 - 2020)
The library of Dhaka College was established in 1841 at the time of establishment of the college. It has a collection around 50, 000 books.
Dhaka College offers HSC, four years Honours, and one year Masters course in various majors.
Honours and Masters level
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Arts
- Islamic History and Culture
- Arabic and Islamic Studies
- Political Science
Faculty of Social Science
Faculty of Business Studies
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (February 2021)
- M. Zahid Hasan, scientist and endowed chair Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Princeton University
- Zillur Rahman, the 19th President of Bangladesh
- Major General Khaled Mosharraf, Bir Uttom, 4th Chief of Army Staff, Bangladesh Army
- Colonel Shafaat Jamil, Bir Bikrom
- Tajuddin Ahmad, first Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
- A Q M Badruddoza Chowdhury, 13th President of Bangladesh
- Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Adviser (Minister) to Caretaker Government of Bangladesh & Former Vice-Chancellor of BRAC University
- Ismail Faruque Chowdhury, former Engineer-in-Chief of the Bangladesh Army
- Musharrof Husain Khan, 5th vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
- Sheikh Kamal, freedom fighter, founder of Abahani Limited (Dhaka)
- Sheikh Jamal, freedom fighter, second son of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
- Monirul Islam (police officer), additional commissioner of Bangladesh Police and the current Chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC).
- Imran Khan (businessman), Entrepreneur & Former CSO - Chief Strategy Officer of Snap Inc.
- Golam Maula Rony is a Bangladeshi politician, businessman & writer
- Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury popularly known as Nixon Chowdhury, is a Bangladeshi politician
- Shafi Imam Rumi, freedom fighter and martyr, son of Jahanara Imam
- Abdur Razzak, educator, intellectual and one of the National Professors of Bangladesh
- Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury, prominent Bengali essayist, educator and linguist of the Bengali language and Martyred Intellectual
- A R Mallick, historian, founding vice-chancellor of Chittagong University, and former Minister of Finance
- Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairman of BRAC, recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award
- Muhammad Shahjahan, 6th vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
- Nooruddin Ahmed, 8th vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
- Humayun Ahmed, novelist, filmmaker, songwriter, and chemist
- Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, academic and writer, recipient of Bangla Academy Literary Award
- Jamilur Reza Choudhury, vice-chancellor of University of Asia Pacific, recipient of the Ekushey Padak
- Rashed Khan Menon, politician
- Abdur Razzaq, former minister of water resources
- Shafique Ahmed, former law minister
- Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, former home minister
- Faruk Khan, former civil aviation and tourism minister
- Kazi Zafarullah, industrialist and politician
- Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Bir Bikram and the Energy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh
- Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali, diplomat and politician, current Bangladesh foreign minister
- Zunaid Ahmed Palak, lawyer and politician, current Telecommunications & Information Technology Minister
- Tanzir Tuhin, architect, musician, member of the band Avash
- Shafiq Tuhin, lyricist and music director
- Manna, actor
- Khaled Khan, actor
- Shajal Noor, actor
- Afran Nisho, actor
- Ferdous Ahmed, actor
- Haider A. Khan: Freedom Fighter, professor, international economist, poet, translator, literary, music, art and film critic
- Mosharraf Karim, Actor
- Mohiuddin Ahmad, historian
- Dinesh Chandra Sen, writer and researcher of Bengali folklore
- Lutfor Rahman Riton, recipient of Bangla Academy Literary Award
- Nowsher Ali Khan Yusufzai, writer and philanthropist
- Shamsur Rahman, poet
- Mahadev Saha, poet
- Kaiser Haq, poet and writer
- Abu Zafar Obaidullah, poet
- Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah, poet
- Abul Hasan, poet and journalist
- Shahidul Zahir, poet
- Mir Masoom Ali, George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor Emeritus, statistician and educator
- Ghulam Murshid, author, scholar and journalist
- Qazi Motahar Hossain, author, statistician and one of the National Professors of Bangladesh
- Khan Bahadur Abdul Aziz, educationist, writer and social worker
- Syed Modasser Ali, ophthalmologist
- Zafrullah Chowdhury, public health activist, recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award and Independence Day Award
- Mohammed Fazle Rabbee, cardiologist, medical researcher and Martyred Intellectual
- Meghnad Saha, FRS, astrophysicist and developer of Saha equation
- Akbar Ali Khan, economist
- Abdul Karim, soil scientist
- Mustafa Jabbar, the entrepreneur behind the Bijoy Bangla computing interface
- M Harunur Rashid, archaeologist, educationist and museum curator
- Mohammad Samir Hossain, a theorist in death anxiety
- Debapriya Bhattacharya, economist and public policy analyst
- Sir Krishna Govinda Gupta, ICS, member, Secretary of State's Council, UK (1907)
- Niaz Murshed, chess Grandmaster
- Nicholas Pogose, Armenian merchant and zamindar
- Anwarul Iqbal, BPM (Bar), PPM, adviser (2007–2009) to the interim Caretaker Government of Bangladesh, founder Director General of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)
- Waheedul Haq, journalist, writer, musicologist, and one of the founders of Chhayanaut
- Abul Mansur Ahmed, journalist, recipient of Bangla Academy Literary Award and Independence Day Award
- Ahmed Humayun, journalist, recipient of the Ekushey Padak
- Serajur Rahman, journalist, broadcaster, columnist
- Abul Kalam Shamsuddin, journalist and author
- Shafik Rehman, journalist
- A. F. M. Abdur Rahman, justice of Bangladesh Supreme court
- Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed, former Attorney General
- A. F. Mujibur Rahman, jurist and first Bengali Muslim Indian Civil Service (ICS) officer
- Maqsudul Alam, life-science scientist. first to decode the genome sequence of jute in Bangladesh and receiver of the Independence Day Award.
- Dinesh Gupta, Indian revolutionary who took part in the Writers' Building attack
- Saima Akter, Indian revolutionary who took part in the Writers' Building attack
- Ayub Ali, educationist
- Akhtaruzzaman Elias, novelist and short story writer
- Akhtar Imam, educationist
- Iqbal Azeem, poet
- Nurul Haque Miah, professor of chemistry
- Walter Allen Jenkins, 7th vice-chancellor of the University of Dhaka
- George Harry Langley, 2nd vice-chancellor of the University of Dhaka
- Muhammad Mansuruddin, author, literary critic, essayist, lexicographer
- Mohammad Noman, educationist
- Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Teacher, Politician.
- Shaukat Osman, novelist and short story writer
- Alauddin Al-Azad, poet, novelist, educationist
- Mohammad Rafiq, poet
- Prasanna Kumar Roy, first Indian principal of Presidency College, Kolkata
- Abdullah Abu Sayeed, educationist
- Kazi Abdul Wadud, essayist, critic, dramatist
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