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DU isn't the last post. Sons of soil have risen from the east as well. The best from Kolkata, compiled by Mou Chakraborty.

delhi Updated: May 31, 2007 19:23 IST
Mou Chakraborty

DU isn't the last post. Sons of soil have risen from the east as well. Here are some colleges from Kolkata:

Presidency College, Kolkata
Best (popular) Courses: Economics, Statistics, Physics; History, English, Sociology.

Seats Available: 30 in each subject

Outstation Quota: None. But candidates from all over the country are welcome.

Hostel: Separate hostel facilities for outstation boys and girls.

Entrance Exam: The college gives cut-off marks based on which the candidates can apply online. There is entrance exam for every subject and students have to come to Kolkata to take the exam. All details on the entrance exam are available on college website.

Weightage to CBSE & ISC: No weightage given to students of any board. Merit is the sole criteria for selection.

Website & Phone No.: www.presidencyadmis sion.net 033-22412738

Interesting Add On: The college library not only boasts of a huge collection but has some of the rarest of rare books. The college arranges various workshops for students during holidays. Some departments have the most respected and well-known teachers in the country. The college offers 100 per cent placement in most of its courses.

Campus Feel: The 16-acre campus of this 190-year-old college would instantly take you back in time. The college has a very interesting mix of students who are not only bright but are politically and socially conscious.

Famous Alumni: Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattachajee, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, Oscar winning film director Satyajit Ray, national award winning film director Aparna Sen, poet Sankha Ghosh are some of the many illustrious alumni that the college has produced in two centuries.
Head of Institution: "In our college, we have students from every social strata from all over the country. For the past two centuries, the college has helped many poor meritorious students to climb up the social ladder and reach the pinnacle of their sector. We specialise in bringing out the best from our students," said Prof. Mamata Ray, principal.

St. Xaviers' College, Kolkata
Best (popular) Courses:
Accountancy, Economics; English, Mass Communication; Physics, Micro-biolo gy and five years' integrated MSc in Bio-technology.

Seats Available: Between 35 and 40.

Outstation Quota: No outstation quota. Merit is the sole criteria.

Hostel: Hostel accommodation for outstation boys available. Girl's hostel under construction.

Entrance Exam: No entrance exam. Admission done through merit list. Students interested in Mass Communication will have to take an entrance exam.

Weightage to CBSE & ISC: The college prepares a separate merit list for ISC, CBSE and state board students. Equal number of students are admitted from each board.

Website & Phone No.: www.sxccal.edu 033-22877278

Interesting Add On: The college has the latest computer and multi-media aided classrooms. Personal attention from the faculty members is the USP of this 147- year-old institution spread over six acres. Laboratory and library facilities are highly rated by students.

Campus Feel: It is the known as the coolest campus in Kolkata. The students are highly fashion conscious.

Famous Alumni: Famous scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose, cricketer Sourav Ganguly, actor Utpal Dutta, Union Minister for Commerce and Industries Kamal Nath, parliamentarian Amar Singh, former chief minister of Bengal Jyoti Basu, industrialist Laxmi Mittal, Vijay Mallya, S.K. Birla, Aditya Birla and Sanjeev Goenka.

Head of Institution: "Our college has a very international character. There is no students' politics. We specialise in producing some of the best brains in the country and our placement records can be the envy of any college," said Father P.C. Mathew, principal.

Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Best (Popular) Courses:
Physics, Chemistry, Maths; Economics, English, Comparative Literature, History; Computer Science Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.

Seats Available: Different from course to course. On an average, between 30 and 40.

Outstation Quota: No outstation quota, but students from all over the world come here.

Hostel: Separate hostel facilities for outstation boys and girls.

Entrance Exam: Entrance Exam is conducted for English and Economics. Questions cover the syllabus of Class XII. To get into Engineering, students have to clear the West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam. For other subjects, the selection is made through merit list.

Weightage to CBSE & ISC: The University compiles two merit lists - the first one is for the state board class XII pass outs, the second one is for CBSE and ISC students.

Website & Phone No.: www.jadavpur.edu; 033-24146000

Interesting Add On: The university is set on a 67-acre lush green campus. It boasts of the best placement records. The University is also known for its recreation clubs for students which includes mountaineering, chess, photography, drama and sports. The university has four canteens.

Campus Feel: The campus is cosmopolitan in nature and attracts students from many European and African countries. Lot of students from North-East also come here.

Famous Alumni: Subir Raha, former chairman of ONGC, parliamentarian Md. Salim, state IT minister Debesh Das.

Head of Institution: "Our University is one of the top five universities in the country, according to UGC. We are known for our progressive outlook towards education. The university also offers the best facility in terms of infrastructure and faculty to its students," said Siddhartha Dutta, pro-Vice Chancellor.

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