West Bengal is a state with rich history, whether it is the early large Kingdoms or the British Raj, the state has been a huge part of Indian history. With the British Raj came the western modes of education in West Bengal. Kolkata became the trailblazer of an excellent education system. New schools and colleges were established. Home to Rabindranath Tagore, West Bengal has proved to be the pioneer of an excellent education system in India. Whether schools or colleges they only aim to provide the best education. Apart from top notch education system the state is also pretty diverse which results in a lifestyle only unique to West Bengal. Look at the geography of West Bengal, there are plains, bay area, hills, himalayan region and even delta. The state is rich in flora and fauna. All this diversity means a diverse demographic which results in a mix of different cultures ultimately leading to a diverse platter. The diversity and rich educational history attracts a lot of students to West Bengal to pursue higher studies but among the sea of universities and colleges, which one to choose? To make things easier here is a list of top 10 universities and colleges in West Bengal.
IIT Kharagpur is a maiden name for engineering and other science related studies in West Bengal. It was established in 1951 and is among the first IITs to be set up in the country. The Institute has been sustaining its core of quality research and education ever since its establishment. It is recognised as the Institute of National Importance and was even awarded Institute of Eminence in 2019 by the Government of India. Today IIT Kharagpur not only provides education in Engineering but has also spread out to Management, Law, Architecture, Humanities and various other branches of education. The institute offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees. IIT Kharagpur campus is spread across 2,100 acre and is 120 km away from Kolkata. The campus also boasts its architecture in various buildings and is the residence of about 22,000 residents.
Address: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Kharagpur, West Bengal, India – 721302
Indian Statistical Institute
It is another Institute of National Importance established in 1931. The institute holds a unique value for being one of the oldest institutions focused on statistics. Till date it is the most prestigious statistics institute in the country. This research institute came out from the Statistical laboratory set up by scientist and statistician Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in Presidency College in Kolkata. The first US institute of statistics set up followed ISI as the model institute because of it’s great name. The institute’s key focuses are Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematical Economics, Operations Research and Information Science. ISI offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs and is affiliated to AIU (Association of Indian Universities). The Institute is headquartered in Bonhooghly, Kolkata and also has various centres across India in cities like New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and smaller units in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Giridih, Pune and Vadodara and Tezpur.
Address: Indian Statistical Institute
203 Barrackpore Trunk Road, Kolkata
West Bengal, India – 700108
Phone: +91 33 2575-2001
University of Calcutta
The university of Calcutta, popularly known as Calcutta University was established in 1857. A pioneer in education, it was among the first multidisciplinary and Western Style Institutes in Asia. The university has bagged several accreditations and awards, it is accredited ‘A’ by NAAC and recognized as a ‘Five Star’ college in the country. Calcutta University has also been awarded “Centre with Potential for Excellence in Particular Area” and “University with potential for excellence” by the University Grants Commission (UGC). With a total of 60 departments the University has organized them into seven faculties; Arts, Commerce, Social Welfare and Business management, Education, Journalism and Library Science, Engineering and Technology, Fine Arts, Music and Home Science, Law and Science; and an Agriculture Institute With Six Departments. It offers degree programmes for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral students. Calcutta University campuses are known as Siksha Prangans, a total of 14 campuses spread across Kolkata.
Address: University of Calcutta, 87/1,
College Street, Kolkata-700 073
Jadavpur University was initially established in 1905 National Council of Education to promote Technical Education in Bengal. The official establishment of Jadavpur University was done after the Independence in 1955 by the Government of India and Government of West Bengal. The Institute has been ranked 17 among engineering institutes in India by the National Institutional Ranking and Framework in 2020. Among the Universities, the University was ranked 5th by the NIRF. The University has three faculties; Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and Technology. It offers programmes for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and is affiliated to UGC (University Grants Commision), NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council), AIU (Association of Indian Universities) and AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education).
Address 1: 188, Raja S.C. Mallick Rd,
Kolkata – 700032.
Address 2: Plot No. 8, Salt Lake Bypass, LB Block,
Sector III, Salt Lake City,
Kolkata – 700106
University of Burdwan
The University of Burdwan was established in 1960 as teaching and affiliating University by the West Bengal Government. It is a premier four-star (accredited by NAAC under UGC) University with six graduate departments and 30 Undergraduate colleges spread across three districts Birbhum district, Purba Bardhaman district and Hooghly district (except Srirampore subdivision). 189 colleges (including degree colleges, BEd colleges and private professional institutes) are affiliated under this university and there are 227 faculties. It offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral programs and is mainly famous for courses specializing in Law, Management, Engineering & medical Education. The main campus of University of Burdwan is spread across approximately 398 acres with an additional four academic campuses Golapbag Campus, UIT campus for Engineering, Rajbati Campus and Tara bag Campus for Medical Education.
Address: The University of Burdwan
Rajbati, Bardhaman – 713 104,
West Bengal, India
Phone: +91 342 263 4975
Fax: +91 342 253 0452
Inspiria Knowledge Campus
Inspiria Knowledge Campus is a forthcoming management college in West Bengal. This college was established in 2010 by J.P. Sahu Foundation (a non-profit organization charitable trust registered under West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961). The main objective behind the establishment of this institution is to make Indian youth employable. The college offers a wide range of courses under its four schools namely, School of Management, School of Computer Science, School of Media and Design and School of Hospitality. Inspiria Knowledge Campus mainly offers Undergraduate courses. Not long ago the college has also introduced two postgraduate degree programmes MBA (Master in Business Administration) and MBA Entrepreneurship. Under the School of Management various BBA, Hospital Management and other management courses are offered. Under the School of Media and Design courses like BSc. in Film and Television, BSc. in Multimedia Animation and Graphics, BSc. in Media Science and BSc. Interior Designing are offered. It is affiliated to MAKAUT (MAulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, one of the top Universities in West Bengal). The college campus is an apex in Siliguri which sprawls across 5 acre. The unmatchable Infrastructure is endorsed by the greenery of the flora which consists of some special plants, trees, shrubs and flowers.
Address: Himachal Vihar, Phase – II
Matigara, Siliguri – 734010
West Bengal, India
Visva Bharati University
Visva Bharati university is an Institution of National Importance founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921. This central research university is located in Shantiniketan, West Bengal. The university name was given by Rabindranath Tagore himself which translates to communion of the world with India. Visva bharati University gained its status as the central university after the independence by an act of Parliament in the year 1951. NIRF ranked the university 69th all over India. There are several institutes under this University, Kala Bhavana (Institute of Fine Arts), Sangit Bhavana (Institute of Dance, Drama & Music), Cheena Bhavana (Institute of Chinese Language and Culture), Palli Samgathana Vibhaga (Institute of Rural Reconstruction) are a few among them. The university offers Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral and Pre-Degree (10+2 level) courses. It is affiliated to UGC, AIU, NAAC and ACU. Visva Bharati Campus is located in the twin towns of Santiniketan and Sriniketan, in the district of Birbhum, West Bengal about 160 Km from Kolkata.
Address: Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan,
West bengal – 731235, India
Phone: +91(3463)262751 to 262756 (6 lines)
St. Xavier’s College
Established in 1860 St. Xavier’s College is a private higher education college in Kolkata. The college is named after a 16th Century Jesuit saint St. Francis Xavier. Known as the first Christian Missionary St. Francis Xavier had travelled to India as an evangelist. St. Xavier’s College has been ranked 7th equal by NIRF, the college also became the first autonomous college in West Bengal in 2006. The institute offers courses in the fields of Science, Arts and Commerce. In Science they have degree programmes in Microbiology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Biotechnology. In the Arts department the courses offered are e English, Bengali, Political Science, Sociology, Animation and Multimedia, Mass Communication and Videography, Economics, A Management course in BBA. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes are offered in the above mentioned subjects and in Commerce. St Xavier’s College Kolkata has two campuses: a city campus (Mother Teresa Sarani) and a rural campus (Raghabpur Campus). The city campus has four floored two buildings which are fully equipped with all the essential facilities, Raghabpur Campus is 20 Km from the city which covers an area of 1500 sq ft. The college is affiliated with University of Calcutta.
Address: St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous),
30 Mother Teresa Sarani, Kolkata
700016 West Bengal, India
Phone: (+91 33) 2255-1101
Scottish Church College
Scottish Church College was established in the 1800s as an initiative by a Christian missionary of the Church of Scotland Alexander Duff (the first overseas missionary to India). When it was set up in 1830 it was called the General Assembly’s Institution and this name saw a lot of changes over time. The institute’s name was changed three times; in (1843) Free Church Institution, (1863) Duff College, (1908) Scottish Churches College until it was finally registered as Scottish Church College in 1929 after the unification of the Church of Scotland. It is an A rated (by NAAC) college and also, the oldest and continuously running Christian Liberal arts and sciences college in India. The college offers various undergraduate programmes and postgraduate programmes in Master of Science in Botany, Master of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Education (postgraduate course for women students, offered by the Department of Teacher Education). Affiliated to University of Calcutta, Scottish Church College campus is spread over 6 acre. The main campus building is an embodiment of colonial architecture in Kolkata and one of the oldest masonry pieces in the city.
Address: Scottish Church College
1 & 3 Urquhart Square,
Kolkata – 700 006.
West Bengal, India
Phone: +91 33 2350 3862
Siliguri Institute of Technology
Siliguri Institute of Technology is one of its kind institutes in North Bengal. It was established in 1999 under Techno India Group. SIT is an IT based college which offers diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field of Information & Technology and Management. From Engineering degrees to Computer Application courses, hotel management degrees, MBA, Polytechnic and various BBA courses, the institute offers it all. Siliguri Institute of Technology is affiliated with MAKAUT (Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology). The college campus is located 5 km away from the city of Siliguri and sits amidst the tea gardens along with the dense Sukna forest as it’s backdrop.
Address: S.I.T Campus, Salbari,
Hill Cart Road, Sukna, Siliguri,
Darjeeling – 734009, West Bengal,
Phone: 0353-2778002 / 2778004
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