Department of Higher Education

University Education


General Information

Higher Education has always been West Bengal’s comparative advantage. Whether in the liberal arts, performing arts, or the sciences, men and women of outstanding merit from the State have excelled themselves nationally and internationally. Building on a unique culture that values the pursuit of the intellect and regards highly the written word, the Higher Education Department is endeavouring to reclaim the mantle of being India’s intellectual capital.

    Spawning an ecosystem that has traditionally laid a high social value on educational achievements, the State is in an ideal position to emerge as a hub of higher education. As the gateway to India’s north eastern region and adjoining Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, Orissa, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, West Bengal can emerge as a magnet for students and researchers from several States of East and Northeast India as well as the neighbouring countries.

    Historically, as the capital of British India, Kolkata was the first to develop a modern system of education. It was here that in 1784, Sir William Jones, a well-known philologist of his time, established the Asiatic Society for the promotion of Oriental Studies. Missionaries and savants such as Ram Mohan Roy, David Hare, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Shashi Bhushan Chatterjee and William Carey spearheaded the establishment of modern education in the city.

    Calcutta University was one of the first universities to be set up in India (1857) as was the first medical college. Hindoo College (later called Presidency College) was set up in 1817; in 2010 it was conferred the status of a University. The National Council of Education, Bengal later became the Jadavpur University in 1955. The Visva-Bharati University at Santiniketan, founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921, is today a Central University.
    Missionary efforts in the spread of higher education in Bengal are well known. In 1860, St Xavier’s College, named after St Francis Xavier, a 16th century missionary to India, was set up. Affiliated to the University of Calcutta, it became the first autonomous college in the State in 2006. St Xavier’s College is poised to become a full-fledged University soon. With about 4,000 students today, St Xavier’s College is expanding to another campus in New Town.
    Advances were also made in the field of science and technology. The Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur was founded in 1856. At the time, it was only the second such institution in all of British India. It was taken over by the Government of India and renamed the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur in 2014 and today serves as a premier national institution for research and education in engineering, science and technology. IIT Kharagpur is the oldest IIT in India and has been ranked among the top 100 institutions in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings while the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta has consistently ranked as one of the three premier business schools of the country.
    Sanskrit College, established in 1824 is one of the oldest educational institutions in India specialising in the study of Sanskrit, Indian languages and Indological Studies. Recently, it has been upgraded into a university aimed at revitalising the study of Sanskrit in the state.
    7 State-aided Universities were set up to expand the spatial spread of Higher Education in the State. Under “The West Bengal Govt. Policy & Guidelines for setting up Private Universities, 2013”, 8 Private Universities have been set up.

State Aided Universities

Snippets of Achievements at the State’s Universities between 2011-2012 and 2015-2016

• 6 new posts of officers have been created at Presidency University.

• Approval has been accorded for establishment of the second campus of Presidency University at a proposed cost of Rs.183 crore to be completed in phases.

• Another Rs. 95 crore is being sanctioned for setting up the ‘Himalayan Centre’ of Presidency University at Kurseong, Darjeeling.

• A Department of Performing Arts has been opened at Presidency University and 7 new teaching posts have been created for it.

• 33 teaching posts have been created for various Departments of Sidho Kanho Birsha University, Purulia.

• Sidho Kanho Birsha University has started a one-year Diploma course in Chhau from the 2015–16 session.

• The Comparative Indian Languages and Literature Department at the University of Calcutta has been converted to a full-fledged teaching Department from a self-financing unit and 4 new posts were created for it.

• A new Department of Buddhist Studies has been set up at the University of Calcutta and 4 new posts have been created for it.

• The Bengal Music College has been converted to the Department of Performing Arts & Music under the University of Calcutta and 10 new posts were created for it.

• The Institute of Jute Technology (IJT) has been converted to a Department of the University of Calcutta, the staff of the erstwhile IJT has been absorbed in the University and 13 teaching posts, 3 administrative posts and 28 non-teaching posts have been created.

• Two more Chair Professorships have been instituted in the names of Swami Vivekananda and Sir Asutosh Mookerjee at the University of Calcutta, taking the total number of Chair Professorships close to 60.

• Approval has been accorded for construction of a two-storeyed building for Tea Science at the University of North Bengal.

• 66 new teaching posts have been created in the newly established Raiganj University and 46 posts of erstwhile Raiganj College have been converted to University posts.

• 12 teaching posts and 10 non-teaching posts have been created at Bankura University.

• 20 new posts for five newly instituted Departments, namely, Physics, Applied Psychology, Philosophy, Chemistry and Law have been created in the Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol.

• One teaching post and one administrative post have been created for the High Energy & Cosmic Research Centre at the University of North Bengal.

• 42 new teaching posts have been created for Diamond Harbour Women’s University.

• 21 new teaching posts have been created for the newly instituted Departments of Sanskrit, Zoology and Hindi at the Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University.

• A Department of Hindi has been instituted at the University of Kalyani with four new teaching posts. A postgraduate Department of Education has been instituted with six teaching posts and two non-teaching posts.

• University of Kalyani has taken up the construction of the International Guest House cum 800 seater auditorium.

• Departments of Law, Physiology and Library and Information Science have been opened in the University of Gour Banga and 18 new teaching posts have been created for them.

• The Nazrul Centre for Social and Cultural Studies has been established at Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol and 4 posts have been created for it.

• Departments of Performing Arts & Music, Santhali and Arabic have been instituted at Burdwan University and four teaching posts have been created for each of them.

• The Biswabanga Scholarship Scheme has been instituted for two postgraduate students and one PhD student at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Rs. 2 crore per annum has been allocated for this from the academic session 2016–17 onwards.

• A Visiting Chair has been set up in the name of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the University of Calcutta to enable prominent academics and scholars from Bangladesh to teach/deliver lectures in the state.

Universities under the Jurisdiction of the Department of Higher Education

Name of The University Date of Establishment Address
University of Calcutta 24 January, 1857 Senate House, 87/1, College Street, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073,
Phone : 2241-0071, 2241-4984,
Fax :2241-3222,
2241-2859
Website : www.caluniv.ac.in
Email : admin@caluniv.ac.in,

registrar@cuccernet.in

Jadavpur University 24 December, 1955 188, Raja S. C. Mallick Road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700 032,
Phone : 2414-6666, 6194,6643,
Fax : (91) -033- 2414-6414
(033) 2414-6357
Website : www.jadavpur.edu
Email : sanjaygopalg@rediffmail.com,

registrar@jdvu.ac.in

University of Burdwan 15 June 1960 Rajbati, Burdwan, Dist. – Burdwan, Pin – 713104
Phone : +91 342 263 4975,
Fax : +91- 0342- 253-0452,
Website : www.burd.univ.ac.in
Email : vcbu@satyam.net.in / registrar@buruniv.ac.in , info@buruniv.ac.in
University of Gour Banga March 10, 2008 P.O-Mokdumpur Dist-Malda, Pin – 732103
Phone : 03512-223664 / 223666
Website : www.ugb.ac.in
Email : registrar@ugb.ac.in
University of Kalyani 1 November, 1960 Near Kalyani Ghoshpara Railway Station, District Nadia, Kalyani, Pin – 741235
Phone : (033) 2582 8750,
Fax : (033) 2582-8378,
Website : www.klyuniv.ac.in
Email :

vckalyani@yahoo.com

Rabindra Bharati University 8 May, 1962 Emerald Bower Campus 56A, B.T. Road, Kolkata – 700 050.
Jorasanko Campus 6/4, Dwarkanath Tagore Lane, Kolkata – 700 007
Phone :2556-2543,2557-3028
Fax : 2556-8079,
Website : www.rbu.ac.in
Email : registrar@rbu.ac.in
University of North Bengal 1 July, 1962 Raja Rammohanpur, P.O. – North Bengal University, Dist. Darjeeling, Pin- 734430.
Phone : (0353)033 2282-0124,
Fax : (0353) 2581212,
Website : www.nbu.ac.in
Email : regnbu@sancharnet.in
Presidency University 1817 (Upgraded to university in 2010) 86/1, College St, College Square, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073,
Phone : (033) 2257-2444,
Website : www.presiuniv.ac.in
Email : registrar@presiuniv.ac.in
Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University July 6, 2010 Ranchi Road, P.O. Purulia Sainik School, District : Purulia, Pin- 723 104.
Phone : 03252 202 419,
Website : www.skbu.ac.in
Email :

registrarskbu@gmail.com

do.skbu@gmail.com

so.skbu@gmail.com

Vidyasagar University 29 September 1981 P.O. – Vidyasagar University, Dist – Midnapur, Pin- 721102.
Phone: +91 - 03222 276-554, 276555, 276557, 276558,
Fax : (953222) 275329,275297
Website : www.vidyasagar.ac.in
Email : vidya@dte.vsnl.net.in
West Bengal State University 10th March, 2008 Berunanpukuria(Barasat),P.O. Malikapur, North 24- Parganas Kolkata 700126
Fax : (033) 2524 1977
Telephone nos. 2524 1975, 2524 1976, 2524 1978, 2524 1979
Website : www.wbsubregistration.org
Email : registrar.wbsu@gmail.com
Netaji Subhas Open University 20 August 1997 DD-26, Sector-I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata - 700 064,
Ph. : +91 33 4066 3220
Fax : (033) -2287-1082
Website : www.wbnsou.ac.in
Email : nsou@cal2.vsnl.net.in
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology 7 August 2000 BF-142, Salt Lake, Kolkata –700 064,
Ph. : 2321-1327,
Fax : 2321-7578,
Website : www.wbut.ac.in/
Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University 2012 Vivekananda Street, Coochbehar –736101
Ph. : 03582-230833,
Website : www.cbpbu.ac.in
Email : cbpbuniversity@gmail.com
Kazi Nazrul University 2012 Nazrul Road, Kalla Bypass More,
P.O.Kalla C.H., P.S. Asansol (North),
Dist.Burdwan, Pin 713340
Ph. : 0341 2270456
Fax : 0341 2271024
Website : www.knuedu.in
Email : email2pari@gmail.com
Bankura University 2013 New Campus, (Beside NH 60) Bankura Block – II, P.O.- Purandarpur Dist.- Bankura,. Pin Code: 722146,
Ph. : 03242 -201129,
Website : www.bankurauniv.ac.in
Email : bankurauniversity@gmail.com
Raiganj University 1948 (Upgraded to university in 2015) College Para, P.O. Raiganj, P.S. Raiganj, Pincode- 733134 Uttar Dinajpur, West Bengal,
Ph. : 03523 242 351
Fax: 03523-242580
Website : www.raiganjuniversity.ac.in/
Email : principal_ruc1948@yahoo.co.in
Diamond Harbour Women's University 2013 DIAMOND HARBOUR ROAD,
SARISHA,
SOUTH 24 PARGANAS-743368,
Ph. : 03174 258801,
Website : www.dhwu.ac.in
Email : rg.dhwu@gmail.com
West Bengal University of Teachers' Training, Education Planning and Administration 2015 25/2 and 25/3, Ballygunge Circular Road,
Kolkata - 700019,
Ph. : 033-24750033,
Website : www.wbuttepa.ac.in
Email : wbuttepa@gmail.com
Sanskrit University, West Bengal 2016 (Laying foundation stone of Sanskrit College in 1824) 1, Bankim Chatterjee Street,Kolkata- 700 073,
Ph. : 2241- 3611/ 2241- 1906
Name of The University Date of Establishment Address
Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya 1st September, 1974 P.O. Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, Nadia, Pin-741252,
Ph : (03473)-222 269,
Fax : (034730) 222275,
Website : www.bckv.edu.in
Email : bckvvc@gmail.com
University of Animal and Fishery Sciences 2 January, 1995 37 & 68, Khudiram Bose Sarani, Belgachia, Kolkata – 700 037,
Ph : 2556-3396, 2556-5021,
Fax : 091 - 033 - 2557-1986,
Website : www.wbuafscl.ac.in
W.B.National University of Juridical Sciences 22 April, 2000 NUJS Bhaban 12, LB Block, Sector-III, Salt Lake, Eastern Bypass, Kolkata -700 091,
Ph : 2335-0534 / 7379,
Fax : 033 - 2335-7422,
Website : www.nujs.edu
Email : nujs@cal3.vsnl.net.in
Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya 1 February, 2001 P.O.-Pundibari, Dist- Cooch Behar,
Ph : 03582 - 270141/249,
Website : www.ubkv.ac.in
Email : mondal@rediftmail.com
West Bengal University of Health Science 2nd December, 2002 DD-36, Sector –1, Salt Lake, Kolkata-64,
Ph : 2321-5388,
Fax : 23215389,
Website : www.wbhus.ac.in
Email : vc@wbuhs.org
Aliah University 2007 21, Hazi Md. Mahasin Sq, Kolkata - 700 016
Ph. : 8902064042
Website : www.aliah.ac.in
Email:infodesk@aliah.ac.in
Name of The University Date of Establishment Address
Visva Bharati University December 23, 1921 P.O. Santiniketan, Westbengal, Pin-731235,
Ph : +91(3463)262751 to 262756 (6 lines),
Fax : +91(3463)262672,
Website : www.visvabharati.ac.in
Email : info@visva-bharati.ac.in
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST),Shibpur 1856 as a Govt. College, Deemed University Status in 1992, University status in 2004 P.O. – Botanic Garden, Shibpur, Howrah – 711 103, West Bengal,
Ph : 668-0521 to 0532, 668-4561 / 4562 / 4563 / 668-1503
Fax : 668-4564 / 2916
Website : www.becs.ac.in
Email : vc@becs.ac.in
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Murshidabad Campus 1920 Jangipur Barrage (Ahiran), Murshidabad, West Bengal 742223
Ph : +91-3483-230030,
Fax : +91-3483-230040,
Website : www.amu.ac.in/murshidabad
Email : director.amucm@gmail.com
Ramkrishna Mission Vivekananda Education and Research Institute(RKMVERI) (Deemed University under UGC Act) 2005 P.O. Belur Math, Dt. Howrah, Pin – 711202,
Phone: (033) 2654-9999
Fax: (033) 2654-4640
Website : www.rkmvu.ac.in/
Email : www.rkmveri@gmail.com