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Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyaya was the pillar of the Bengal Renaissance. Ishwar Chandra was a philosopher, academic, educator, writer, translator, printer, publisher, entrepreneur, reformer, and philanthropist. He simplified and modernized Bangla prose. He received the title ‘Vidhyasagar’ because of his excellent performance in studies.
Ishwar Chandra along with Madan Mohan Tarkalankar, set up the Sanskrit Press and Depository, a print shop and a bookstore. He translated biographies of Copernicus, Newton, and Herschel from English to Bengali. He inculcated the spirit of scientific inquiry into young Bengalis. Vidyasagar promoted the idea of imparting education irrespective of caste and gender.