Aliah University is an autonomous university under the Department of Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education, Government of West Bengal. Aliah University has with it the rich heritage of the 229-year old educational and cultural institution, Mohammedan College of Calcutta, popularly known as Madrasah-i-Aliah or Calcutta Madrasah, the first educational institution set up in India in 1780.The University with harmonizing tradition and modernity will emerge as a unique institution of higher studies and research.
Library: Aliah University has a library rich in collection of literature in Islamic Theology, Islamic Jurisprudence & Law, and Arabic. The library is now diversifying in the areas of Science, Engineering, Management Science, Humanities and Social Sciences.
To accommodate the students of Madrasah-i-Aliah, Elliot Hostel was erected in the year 1896. This three-storied building was constructed out of the donations raised from the generous people and dedicated to Nawab Abdul Latif Bahadur in recognition of his services in promoting education among the Muslims of Eastern India.