About Bangalore Central University

Bengaluru Central University inherits the legacy of the 160 year old of the central college campus. It all started in the year 1858 when the British started a modest school called the ‘Bangalore High School’ with five students after some leading citizens of the city petitioned the British. It formed the nucleus of what would evolve into an important component of one of India’s leading universities before it would become an independent university in post-independent India.

In 1875, perhaps as a sign of its growing influence as an institution of higher education, (it had 43 students at this point!) the ‘High School’ changed its name to ‘Central College’ when it became a First-Grade College, one of the oldest in India. Some of the early names associated with Central College include Charles Walters, H. J. Bhabha, John Cook, R. H. Piggot, M. T. Narayana Iyengar, John Guthrie Tait, F. R. Sell, Dr. E. P. Metcalfe and Prof. C. R. Narayana Rao among other. All these people were responsible for the College to acquire great reputation as a leading institute of higher education in India.

In 1916, the desire of many of the citizens of Mysore was sated when the University of Mysore was established with Maharajah’s College in Mysuru (formerly Mysore) and Central College in Bengaluru forming the two main colleges under its aegis. Right from its early days, Central College was essentially a science campus. Around the time when the college became part of the University of Mysore, it acquired its imposing look with two big laboratories on either side of the main central block with its tall clock tower.

Central College soon became the most important institution for college education in Bengaluru as well as in Mysore State. Apart from the B. A. and B. A. (Hons.) degrees, the college also offered a well-regarded B.Sc. Degree. A variety of literary societies were also formed around this time.

English and Kannada departments were established early on at the Central College. Mathematics began to be taught in an organized manner from 1870 onwards. The Physics department was founded in 1882. Chemistry, which was being taught as a minor discipline got its own department in 1913. Zoology and Botany were organized into two separate departments in 1908 and 1919 respectively. Recognizing the need for mining engineers considering that Kolar Gold Fields was not far away, Geology was taught from 1898 at the College. Subsequently, Sanskrit, Urdu, Persian, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi also had their own departments. After independence French and German also began to be taught regularly at the College.

Our Mission

The mission of BCU is the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge and to nurture the appropriate milieu for this endeavour. As a state public university situated in the heart of Bengaluru, we aim to:

*Be a gateway to knowledge for all, while actively promoting access, affordability, equity and inclusiveness.

*Foster a vibrant culture by facilitating an open exchange of knowledge and ideas among academia, government, industry, community and society at large.

*Enrich the social, economic, cultural and political heritage, by leveraging on the human capital and resources of the city and the region.

*Enhance the reputation, growth and potential of Bengaluru as a leading global metropolis.

*Achieve excellence in teaching, research and service by engaging with issues of relevance in the local and global contexts.

*Create leaders of tomorrow across scientific, socio-economic, cultural and political domains.

*Develop among students a spirit of inquiry, respect for labour and social conscience,

*ecome a distinctive public university by adopting innovative, efficient practices in its governance, academic and administrative affairs, and excel in serving all its constituencies.

Management (MBA) Courses:

M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration

Duration: 2 Years; PostGraduate Degree; Full Time; Affiliation: Bangalore University;

Min Qualification: Any Degree with 50% marks in Aggregate(SC/ST's 45%);

Other Courses:

M.M.S- Master of Management Studies

Duration: 5 Years; PostGraduate Degree; Full Time;

Min Qualification: 10+2 or equivalent with 45% of aggregate marks in graduation.

Masters In Journalism and Mass Communication

Duration: 2 Years; PostGraduate Degree; Full Time;

Min Qualification: 10+2 or equivalent with 45% aggregate marks in graduation.


Duration: 4 Years; UnderGraduate Degree; Full Time;

Min Qualification: 10+2 or equivalent with 45% aggregate in Physics, Maths and any one of the following : Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Electronics.;

Political Science

Duration: 4 Years; UnderGraduate Degree; Full Time;

Min Qualification: 10+2 The student should have qualified senior secondary with a minimum of at least 50% marks.


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