24/01/2014 by Sonya Heaney On this day: the University of Calcutta is established The University of Calcutta was established on the 24th of January, 1857. The proposal for a university in India was first tendered by a British man named Dr Fredrick John. The first proposal failed, but a second was accepted in 1854. Calcutta University, photographed in 1870. The first Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the Calcutta University were Governor General Lord Canning and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Sir James William Colvile, respectively. Charles Canning, 1st Earl Canning, photographed in the 1840s.