Principal Khudiram Bose was influenced by three illustrious sons of Bengal: Rev. Kalicharan Banerjee helped him to develop his faculties of reason, Brahmanada Keshab Chandra Sen moulded his religious beliefs and infused in him a sense of love for truth, and Pandit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar showed him the path of self reliance. These human qualities were reflected in the thoughts and actions of our Founder. Principal Bose along with Rastraguru Surendranath served as the senior Professor of Mental and Moral Science and Logic in Metropolitan Institution (Vidyasagar College) under Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar. On the death of Vidyasagar, Khudiram Bose founded the Universal Institution (Central Institution) on 3 June, 1893. Inspired by the spirit of self reliance, our Founder rejected any extraneous financial help for the sustenance of the Institution. The College was founded in 1894. Our Founder was a man of independent spirit. Those were the days of “Boycot” and “Swadeshi” movements. It was not easy to conduct meetings without defying the British Government. Our Founder allowed his College building to be used for this purpose. He allowed his pupil, Acharya P.C. Roy, to conduct “Swadeshi Exhibition” in his College. Central College was the place for freedom fighters like “Bagha Jatin”, Baidyanath Biswas, Nirmalkanti Roy and others. Central College compound was the place for “Rakhi Bandhan” ceremony. Our Founder was one of the founder members of the Council of the National University, established with a national spirit after the movement against partition of Bengal in 1905.
A man of towering personality, Khudiram Bose was an untiring worker through out his life. He identified himself with this Institution and worked for it till thetime of his death. He passed away on 5 December, 1929. “…….. his life was one of strenuous exertion and ceaseless fight for the good cause which he had taken up.”
Prof. Tarak Nath Sen an illustrious teacher of English, who taught at Presidency College (now Presidency University) said, “The Late Principal Khudiram Bose, founder of the Institution, belonged to a generation, now past, of large hearted men who lived after large ideals. The lessons he had learnt in the conduct of life from the great Pandit Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, he applied to a noble social use in founding of this Institution in 1893”.