About Us


Surendranath Banerjea needs no introduction as a Great Patriot, political leader, orator, teacher, educationist, journalist; his place in history is secured. He is the founder of the institution and his noble idea of bringing higher education within the reach of the widest possible parts of society is still being followed faithfully.

In 1882, the Presidency School which formed the nuclear of the present Institution was made over to Surendranath. 1st January 1884, he raised it to the status of a college affiliated to the F.A. standard and named it “THE PRESIDENCY INSTITUTION”. Within the year the institution was converted into a full fledged, first grade college under the name “RIPON COLLEGE”. Its activity was further extended through the opening of the Post-Graduate Department of Law in 1884 and subsequently affiliated to the Calcutta University in the year 1885 as an independent professional college. Since then as long as he lived, Surendranath not only remained at the helm of affairs but was also active as a teacher.

Surendranath attached the name of Lord Ripon to his Institution as a tribute to the enlightened policies of the Viceroy. But after the attainment of independence, a goal very dear to the heart of Surendranath, a change was made and the name of Surendranath was associated with the institution founded and lovingly nurtured by him.

This esteemed Law Collge is now regarded as one of the oldest Law Colleges of the country. The students of the College include Dr. Rajendra Prosad, the first president of India, Harendra Kumar Mukherjee, the first Governor of West Bengal, Justice Bijan Kumar Mukherjee, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India and many other luminaries and eminent persons.
Rastraguru Surendranath Banerjea founded this college in the heart of the City close to Sealdah Station; considering movement and transport facilities of students coming from different parts of the city and suburbs and particularly the downtrodden community. The address was 60, Mirzapur Street. Now it is at 24/2, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Calcutta – 700 009.

Material Change of Management


Surendranath Banerjea was the absolute owner of Ripon College(now Surendranath College) and Ripon Law College including the Collegiate School upto 1908. With an object of placing the Ripon Group of Institutions on a permanent footing and covering them into public institutions, Surendranath Banerjea, the proprietor thought it desirable to divest himself of all private rights of property he had over the said institutions and vesting them into a Public Charitable Trust in the year 1909. The signatories of the Trust deed were all notable personalities and educationists. The first signatory was Surendranath Banerjea and the rest were ----

1.Satyendra Nath Mukherjee

2.Upendra Nath Mukherjee

3.Jogesh Chandra Choudhury

4.Rashbehari Ghosh

5.Ashutosh Chaudhuri

6.Baikuntanath Sen

7.Baron Sinha of Raipur

8.Bhupendranath Basu

9.Ramendra Sundar Trivedi


After 1948 at instance of the Hon’ble High Court at Calcutta, the Ripon Group of Institutions was renamed after Rashtraguru Surendranath Banerjea.


Both in the Pre-independence and post-independence era Surendranath Law College always responded to the demand of the time and society very promptly. During the partition of Bengal Movement in 1905 and 1942 Freedom Struggle many teachers and students actively participated and did not hesitate to sacrifice their lives. Many students were arrested by the British Police from Ripon Hostel attached to the college. In fact, the sense of nationalism and patriotism was genuinely inculcated amongst the students by their teachers.


In the filed of academic performance and in all university examinations students from this college cut a very good figure and bagged lot of gold medals.


After 1980 legal education in Calcutta University was revamped to meet the challenge of time and 5 year LL.B. course was introduced instead of 3 year LL.B. Course.


In surendranath Law College 5 year LL.B. Course was introduced since 1987 with renewed vigour and infrastructural change. Presently there are 1000 students in 5 yr. LL.B. Course. The rate of success in university examination is always above 92% since its inception.


Students also take keen interest in games and sports, in State and all India level, and they also take part in all India Moot Court competition held in different parts of the country. Students and teachers, jointly organized awareness generation camps in various parts of the country to help people to fight social maladies and evils.


They with the help of Directorate, Social Services, Government of West Bengal successfully organized anti-dowry campaign and anti-pollution in the city and AIDs prevention campaign in the college premises.


10th December Universal declaration of Human Rights Day is celebrated each year.


Students and teachers of this institution are aware of their lofty heritage and time to time organize many cultural programmes are also organized to attune the students to the spirit and ideals of the founder and other national celebrated personalities.


Law is a dynamic Social science. It requires continuous examination and re-examination, legal thoughts and legislative processes and instruments. The authority of the college is conscious of their responsibility and organises seminars and symposiums with learned judges and juries, educationist and social thinkers for updating the knowledge of the students.


Performance in Lok-Adalat


Since the inception of the Lok-Adalats in the Annexe Building of the Calcutta High Court under the able guidance and leadership of Justice Dilip Kumar Basu, the students of this esteemed institution always took active part. They get specialised training for becoming good counselors to affectively adopt the alternative dispute resolution(ADR). Through counseling camps in the different parts of the state it has received applause and appreciation from the Bar, press and law consuming people particularly the down-trodden.


Training for Participation in Family Court


This institution, after enactment of Family Court, has taken decision to import legal training to a students and on this score the training process is in progress.


Legal Aid Clinic


As a corollary to centenary programme, the college started Legal Aid Clinic in the college premises to render legal assistance for ensuring social justice to the victimized poor and downtrodden people. 21st century poses new challenges in every sphere including the field of legal education. Keeping in view its heritage this college is considering re-organized all academic activities in such a way so that students may be prepared to face every challenge of the 21st Century.


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