Maulana Azad College has developed itself over the years and retains its prestigious position as the foremost of institutions. Our Alumni occupy distinguished positions in almost all spheres of in several fields of activity both in the country as well as abroad. It has been a long journey through the eighty-five years and yet the journey has perhaps just begun.
The College has practiced a policy of self-renewal all along and when the time came to reinvent itself in the context of the changing scenario; it has upgraded itself with the introduction of three post-graduates.
The College seeks to create an intellectual environment that enhances individual growth and supports scholarly activities and creative endeavors that augment human knowledge and understanding.
With an objective to promote Islamic learning and general education among the Muslim population in British India and with the sustained efforts of contemporary education minister of Bengal, A. K. Fazlul Haque, on December 9, 1924, Lord Lytton, the contemporary Governor of Bengal laid the foundation stone of Islamia College under the affiliation of University of Calcutta. The journey started under the leadership of The Principal, Mr. A. H. Harley, formerly, faculty of Oriental Languages, Edinburg University, UK.
Post-independence, the college was renamed as Central Calcutta College and generously moved beyond religious barrier and was open for all male students. The leadership responsibility was rendered by Professor F. J. F. Pereira.
In 1960, the final baptism held as Maulana Azad College in the memory of the great national leader, erudite scholar and the first education minister of the independent India-Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. In 1990, the college was declared as co-educational institution. Gradually, the institution evolved as an academic place of harmonious co-existence amidst the plurality of gender, language, culture and religion.
Maulana Azad College has witnessed footsteps of eminent scholarly dedicated teachers like Bishnu Dey, Professor of English. The college has produced distinguished and notable nationalists, politicians, educationists, judges, ministers, novelists, IAS, IPS and WBCS officers. No surprise that Bangabandhu Sk. Mujibur Rahaman leads its alumni list.
The college has been affiliated to the University of Calcutta since its inception.
The college functions under the administrative control of The Higher Education Department, Government of West Bengal.
Maulana Azad College is accredited A-grade with Grade Point of 3.13 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in its Cycle-II assessment in the year 2016.
The college has a three storied building with an impressive hall, a seminar room and two four storied annexe buildings which are maintained by the P.W.D.
The approach road is surrounded by a sprawling garden which is regularly maintained by the P.W.D., Alumni of the College and the college staff and there is also sufficient parking space.
The building was conferred the status of a heritage building by Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
The College is located in the heart of the Kolkata. The address is 8 Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, Kolkata-700013.It is easily accessible by bus, metro and rail. The distance from Dharamtala Bus stand is 800 meters, the distance from Esplanade Metro station is 750 meters, the distance from Sealdah Railway station is 1.9 kilometre, the distance from Howrah Railway Station is 4.6 kilometre, and the distance from Netaji Subhas Airport is 20 kilometre. The college is an attractive choice for the students not only from the Kolkata and the districts of Howrah, Hooghly, North 24 Pgs and South 24 Pgs., but also from the other districts, states and countries.