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University of Calcutta : A Brief Outline

The University of Calcutta was founded on January 24, 1857 by the incorporation of an Act of the Legislative Council of the then British India.

 The University was certainly established to promote western knowledge and learning in colonial interest. But ultimately, it emerged as the nucleus of a range of academic activities which contributed to the development of Indian science and technology and our own understanding of the country's past and the nation's perceptions for the future. Besides, the University has always remained alive to emerging political, social and economic challenges of the nation and the world.

 A TRADITION OF NOTABLE FIRSTS 

  • The first University located to the east of Suez to teach European Classics, English Literature, European and Indian Philosophy and Occidental and Oriental History.
  • The first medical school of Asia, the Calcutta Medical College, was set up in 1835 and was affiliated to the University.
  • The first college for women in India, the Bethune College, was set up in 1879 as a College affiliated to the University.
  • The nation's first homeopathy college was established in 1880, and was affiliated to the University.
  • The University Science College was established in 1914, the first in India.
  • The first blind school in India came into being in 1925, which was affiliated to the University.
  • The first University Museum in India, the Asutosh Museum of the University, was established in 1937.
  • The Indian Institute of social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM) was set up in 1953 as the country's first Management Institute. The Institute remains affiliated to the University.

 FIRST TWO GRADUATES OF THE UNIVERSITY 

  • Bankimchandra Chatterjee
  • Juddoonath Bose

FIRST TWO LADY GRADUATES OF THE UNIVERSITY 

  • Chandramukhi Basu
  • Kadambini Ganguli

The University of Calcutta has been the Alma Mater of a number of distinguished Indians who have left their marks in different walks of life. They include academics, educationists, artists, litterateurs, freedom fighters and politicians. 

NOBEL LAUREATES ASSOCIATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CALCUTTA 

  • Rabindranath Tagore
  • Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman
  • Amartya Sen

The University of Calcutta is not, however, a prisoner of its glorious past. The University community has been engaged in a ceaseless quest for excellence, constantly breaking new grounds in teaching-learning process. 

UNIVERSITY'S VISION AND POLICY FRAMEWORK

 The University's vision is: 

●       To enrich the teaching-learning process in tune with the principles of equity and justice and broadening of the access to the higher education system.

       To ensure a holistic development of the University by ensuring a balanced growth of literature, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, and emerging areas in biological, applied and technological sciences.

       To constantly strengthen the infrastructure and manpower of the University so as to enable it to meet the emerging challenges to higher education.

       To develop a congenial community life within the University and motivate the University to fulfill their commitments to the nation and society.

 

University Postgraduate Departments

63

Constituent Colleges

2

UGC Recognized CPE(Colleges with Potential for Excellence)

8

Autonomous Colleges

4

Recognized Research Institutes / Centers

18

Self-financing Colleges

12

Affiliated Colleges

166

 

The University has campuses spread all over the Kolkata metropolis and its suburbs along with 2 extension campuses outside Kolkata. 

THE UNIVERSITY HAS THE FOLLOWING SPECIALISED CENTRES OF LEARNING  

Centre for Modern Biology under the UGC Programme of University with Potential for Excellence, Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology with the sponsorship of MHRD, Government of India, Planning Commission, Government of India, and the UGC.

          Networking Resource Centre for Physical Sciences with the sponsorship of the UGC.

           Dr. B.C. Guha Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

         S.N.Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences.

         University Science and Instrumentation Centre.

         S.K. Mitra Centre for Research in Space Environment.

         Centre for Millimeter Wave and Semiconductor Systems with DRDO.

         A.K. Chowdhury School of Information Technology.

         Ionosphere Field Station, Haringhata.

         Horticulture Development Centre.

         Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities.

         Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy.

         Centre for Studies in Book Publishing.

         Centre for Urban Economic Studies.

         Centre for South and South-East Asian Studies.

         Centre for Pakistan and West Asian Studies.

         Centre for Study of China and Her Neighbourhood.

         Nehru Studies Centre.

         Gandhian Studies Centre.

         Peace Studies Group.

         Women's Studies Research Centre.

         Calcutta University Manuscript Resource and Conversation Centre.

         Institute of Foreign Policy Studies(sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India)

         Rabindranath Tagore Centre for Cultural Studies.

         Bengal Music College.

         Government College of Art.

         Calcutta Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.

         Indian Centre for Space Physics.

         Centre of Excellence on Electro-physiological and Neuro-imaging Studies including Mathematical Modeling.

 

THE UNIVERSITY CONDUCTS FOLLOWING VALUE-ADDED COURSES

 

v      Functional English

v      Biotechnology & Tissue Culture

v      Computer Applications

v      Data Care Management

v      E-commerce

v      Alternative Banking

v      Industrial Fish & Fisheries

v      Industrial Chemistry

v      Plant Tissue Culture

v      Indigenous Handicraft Skills

v      Tourism & Travel Management

v      Journalism & Mass Communication

v      Video Editing & Production

v      Foreign Trade Practices & Management

v      Office Management & Secretarial Practice.

v      Tax Practice & Procedure

v      Community Development

v      Advertising

v      Functional Hindi

v      Insurance & Risk Management

v      Business Finance

v      Entrepreneurship Development

v      Archaeology & Museology

v      Interior Decoration

v      Gerontology

v      Guidance & Counselling

v      Women's Empowerment

v      Industrial Microbiology

v      Hospital Management

v      Waste Disposal Management

v      Education & care of Physically Challenged Children.

v      Conservation & Restoration of Art Works.

v      Forensic Anthropology.

v      Visual Communication & Culture.

v      Clinical Psychology.

v      Rehabilitation Psychology

v      Training Programme for HIV / AIDS Counsellors.

v      Community Policing.

Annual Student Intake

About 5,714 at PG level

About 556 at Ph.D. level

About 1,00,000 at UG level

Student Progression

The percentage of male and female students is 52.67% and 47.33%   respectively, indicating quite a healthy gender balance given the overall Indian socio-cultural environment.

Total sanctioned Faculty strength : 900

Academic Programmes / Courses offered within the University

Programmes

Number

Undergraduate (Honours Courses)

40

Postgraduate

103

Certificate Courses

18

Postgraduate Diploma Courses

19

Interdisciplinary Courses

73

M. Phil.

18

Ph. D.

66

Postdoctoral

66

 

  • The University has introduced the semester system in Technology and Agriculture Faculties, and in most of the Departments in the Faculty of Science. From 2009 - 2010 Semester System of teaching is being introduced in Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature.
  • All UG and PG courses are updated every 3 / 4 years .
  • 46 major, 10 Minor, 139 University-sponsored and 50 Student Research Projects are in Progress.
  • The University promoted active faculty participation in research activities in a number of ways, viz., by providing short-term fellowships, granting leave for travel within and outside the country for research, provision for travel grants for research encouraging faculty members (particularly young and bright ones) through support from unassigned grants, special programmes like TEQIP and UPE.
  • The University has postdoctoral fellows funded by different government departments, and national and international research funding bodies.
  • On an average more than 250 Ph.D. degrees are awarded each year.
  • Our colleagues continue to be honoured with national and international awards for their academic exercises ; at the end of the last Plan period 135 teachers have received International Awards / Honours / Fellowship of Academic Bodies.
  • By the end of the last Plan period more than 15 international patents have been registered in the names of faculty members of science and technology specially in chemical Engineering, Polymer Science, Radio-Physics and Electronics, Applied Physics, Physiology, Zoology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry etc.
  • The University faculty members have published extensively in national and international journals, and remain prominent in international, national and regional conferences. Around 500 research papers on the average are published annually by the teachers of the University. 60% of published papers by our faculty members are being cited annually.
  • In order to inspire young achievers the University is trying to create a special fund to encourage young faculty members to undertake researches in frontier areas of science, technology, social sciences and humanities.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME (TEQIP) 

TEQIP is a World Bank funded project for the improvement of the quality of the technical education in the whole country. University of Calcutta is one of the three premier institutes selected for taking the responsibility to upgrade the teaching quality in the engineering disciplines in West Bengal under this programme.

 Between 2004 and 2009 under the TEQIP Programme the University Faculty :

Published 410 Research Publications

Registered 10 Patents

 The University has been inducted into the second phase of the TEQIP Programme from April 2012.

 UNIVERSITY WITH POTENTIAL FOR EXCELLENCE SCHEME

 The Expert Committee of the University Grants Commission recommended the following three broad areas to be supported under the UPE Scheme :

1)       Focused area : Modern Biology.

2)       Holistic Development : Science and Technology.

3)       Holistic Development : Social Sciences and Governance.

 Modern Biology

The following sub-areas are to be supported under the focused area (Modern Biology) 

  1. Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.
  2. Jute Biology and Genomics (as Flagship Project under focused area)
  3. Cancer Biology.
  4. System Biology.

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

With the financial assistance of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the University established the Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in June 2006 as a part of its bi-centenary celebration to utilize the University's available expertise in Nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Centre particularly aims to develop its expertise in nanofabrication .

NATIONAL COLLABORATIONS 

  • At the national level the University is collaborating with Universities of Mumbai and Madras as a result of the MOU concluded during the celebration of 150 years of the three universities.
  • Our University has also started offering a dual M.Tech. / Ph.D. degree in Astronomical Instrumentation with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, and a dual M.Sc. / Ph.D. programme in Biomedical Science with the Bose Institute, Chemical Science with Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, and Physical Science with S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences.

FOREIGN COLLABORATIONS 

The University is currently successfully implementing MOUs concluded with such international institutes of higher learning as: 

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Name of the Country

Name of Institute

1

Australia

Monash University

2

Australia

University of Woolngong

3

Belgium

University of Brussels

4

Denmark

Aalborg University

5

France

University of Haute Alsace Mulhouse

6

France

Maison Des Sciences de L'Homme, Paris

7

Germany

Clalusthal University

8

Germany

German Cancer Research Centre

9

Germany

Humboldt Foundation

10

Germany

Humboldt University, Berlin

11

Germany

Max Planck Institute and University of Koln

12

Holland

Cacao Fabrik Dezan

13

Israel

University of Haldia

14

Italy

University of Bologna

15

Italy

Universities of Rome, Naples, Venice and Turin

16

Japan

Kanazawa University

17

Japan

University of Tokyo

18

Korea

Chongbuk University

19

Malaysia

Palm Oil Research Institute

20

People's Republic of China

Chenese University of Hongkong

21

People's Republic of China

Yunnan University, Kunming

22

Philippines

International Rice Research Institute, Manila

23

Singapore

I.S.A.S. National University of Singapore

24

Sweden

Uppasala University

25

Switzerland

CERN, Geneva

26

Switzerland

ETH, Zurich

27

UK

London Metropolitan University

28

UK

School of Oriental and African Studies, London

29

UK

Oxford Brookers University

30

UK

Rot hamsted Institute

31

UK

Sherffield University

32

UK

University of Aberdeen

33

UK

University of Exeter

34

UK

University of Edinburgh

35

USA

AFRL, Massachusetts

36

USA

Institute of Indian Studies (a consortium of 53 Universities in USA)

37

USA

Boston University

38

USA

Creighton University

39

USA

Ford Foundation

40

USA

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

41

USA

State University of New York at Oswego

42

USA

University of Connecticut Health Centre

43

USA

University of Texas, Department of Anatomy

44

USA

New School, New York

45

Fiji

Fiji National University

46

Bangladesh

University of Dhaka

47

Thailand

Chulalongkorn University

48

Brazil

University of Rio de Janeiro


Financial Sponsors
Technical Sponsors


DST GOI

TEQIP Phase-II
    

           

       

        


 

 

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