Ashutosh Mukherjee, perhaps the most emphatic figure of Indian education, was a man of great personality, high self-respect, courage and towering administrative ability. Born on 29th June, 1864 at Bowbazar, Kolkata, Ashutosh Mukherjee was brought up in an atmosphere of science and literature.
Throughout his educational career got opportunity to mingle with other stalwarts of Bengal, such as, Vidyasagar, Prafulla Chandra Roy, Bhupendra Nath Bose and so on.In 1885, he completed his M.A. degree with major in Mathematics and in 1886 M.Sc in physical science. In the same year he received the coveted Premchand Roychand scholarship.
He became a Doctor in Law in 1894 and appointed as Tagore Law Professor in 1898 and became a judge of the Kolkata High court in 1904 & retired in 1923, officiating for a few months as Chief Justice of Bengal in 1920. He was knighted in 1911.
Ashutosh Mukherjee believed that to unbound the society from racism and discrimination of the British rule it was necessary to spread the light of knowledge from grass root to higher level of education. Thus he resolved to create a modern university out of his Alma Mater, the Calcutta University and in 1906 he was appointed Vice Chancellor.
He believed in the acceptance of Western cultural values, but not at the cost of his own dignity and torchbearer of a new outlook, which was totally Indian yet entirely free from conservatism. This great son of Bengal passed away on May 25th, 1924 in Patna.
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