Who Started the Academic Association?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 14th, 2023

The Academic Association was started by Henry Louis Vivian Derozi along with a bunch of students in Bengal (popularly known as Young Bengal) in 1828. The first nationalist poet of modern India, he was a fiery teacher at Hindu College in Calcutta. To advance the fight against the prevalent evils in Indian society, he founded the academic association for debating a variety of topics.

Academic Association was founded by

Academic Association is an association initiated by Derozi and Derozians in Bengal. The Derozians were a bunch of Bengali free-thinking students who emerged from the Hindu College of Calcutta. The Academic association was established to arrange discussions on various subjects, including:

  • The nobility of patriotism
  • The meanness of Vice
  • The high duty of cultivating virtue
  • Faith
  • Fate
  • Free will
  • Free ordinate

Founder of Academic Association

On April 18, 1809, Henry Louis Vivian Derozio was born in Entally-Padmapukur, Kolkata. His parents were Sophia Johnson Derozio, an Englishwoman, and Francis Derozio, an Indo-Portuguese Christian office worker. Derozio quit school at age 14 to pursue a career.

He first started working for his father in Kolkata, where he later transferred to his uncle’s indigo factory in Bhagalpur. He began writing poetry, which he then submitted to the India Gazette, after being moved by the picturesque beauty of the banks of the River Ganges.

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