By nineteen, Jagadishchandra was a
Bachelor of Arts. He wanted to go to England for higher studies. He wished to try his luck
at the Indian Civil Service Examination or to study medicine. If he entered the Civil
Service, he would be a government officer. This would mean subordination; his father did
not want Jagadish to work under others. And he did not have enough money to send the boy
abroad. Besides, he wanted that his son should become a teacher and serve his people and
his country. Even Jagadish chandra's mother was not quite willing to send him, because she
thought it was against their religion. She was pained at the thought that her son would be
far away from her. Jagadishchandra Bose did not wish to do anything against the will of
Finally, his good mother allowed him to go. She had saved some money.
She also wanted to sell her jewels to meet the expenses of her son's voyage. Bhagawan
chandra Bose prevented her and he managed to find the money on his own.
At last Jagadish was on his way to England. The year was 1880. Twenty-
two-year-old Jagadishchandra Bose stepped into the ship; he was stepping into a new phase
of life which laid the foundations of a brilliant future.
In London he first studied medicine. But he repeatedly fell ill. So he
had to discontinue the course. He then studied Natural Science in Christ Church College,
Cambridge. It was necessary to learn Latin in order to study Natural Science; Jagadish had
already learnt it. He passed the Tripos Examination with distinction. In addition to the
Cambridge Tripos Examination, he passed the Bachelor of Science Examination of London