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Kolkata undergraduate colleges

The University of Calcutta is the oldest of the modern universities in India.

education Updated: May 25, 2011 09:25 IST
Hindustan Times

University of Calcutta
Address: University of Calcutta Senate House,
87 /1 College Street, Kolkata
Tel: 033 2241 0071

Programmes offered: Economics, English, mass communication, history, political science, sociology, Hindi, Bengali
The University of Calcutta is the oldest of the modern universities in India. It has so far produced four Nobel prize winners: Ronald Ross, Rabindra Nath Tagore, C V Raman and Amartya Sen. It was founded in 1857 during the administration of Lord Canning, the Governor General of India. Dr Fredrick John, the education secretary to the then British Government in India, first tendered a proposal to the British Government in London for the establishment of a university in Calcutta, similar to London University, to create an educated class that would help them rule India

Rabindra Bharati Univ
Address: 56 A Barrackpore, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700050
Tel: 033-5568079 / 5573028

Programmes offered: Bengali, economics, english, history, philosophy, sanskrit, political science
The university initially occupied the former home of Rabindranath Tagore. Two of the three faculties of the university, those of fine arts and visual arts, are still located there. The new campus is on the grounds of the Emerald Bower, a mansion built by Harakumar Tagore, the poet’s uncle. The mansion and its parklands, later acquired by the government of West Bengal, became a complex of academic institutions among which this university has the central and largest share

Jadavpur Universitys
Address: 188 Raja S. C. Mullick Road,
Jadavpur Kolkata
Tel:033-4734044 /4734495 /4734643

Programmes offered: Economics, English, comparative literature, history, international relations, philosophy, Sanskrit, sociology and film studies, among others

USP: The UGC has recognised it as a University with Potential for Excellence. Spread over a 67-acre lush green campus, the university boasts of the best placement record. It is also known for its recreation clubs that include mountaineering, chess, photography, drama and sports for students. The campus is cosmopolitan in nature and attracts students from many European and African countries. Many students from north-east too study here

Placement record: Major employers that visited the campus for arts students were Google, Cognizant and Wipro. The highest package offered was R5 lakh per annum and the average package was around R4 lakh Jadavpur University’s history is intertwined with India’s freedom movement. A National Council of Education (NCE) was created to impart education under national control. In 1910, Bengal’s Society for the Promotion of Technical Education which oversaw Bengal Technical Institute - later becoming College of Engineering and Technology (CET), Bengal - was merged with NCE. NCE then looked after the CET, Bengal, which was virtually a university by 1940. In 1950, it became a university after passing of a state legislation

Presidency University
Address: National College Basavanagudi, Pampa Maha Kavi Road,
Basavanagudi, Bengaluru- 080-560004, Tel: 26674441

Programmes offered: Economics, Bengali, political science, history, English, sociology among others

USP: Some of its departments have the most respected and well-known teachers in the country. It reports 100% placement in most programmes. The college library has some of the rarest of rare books. The college arranges various workshops for students during holidays. The college has a very interesting mix of students who are not only bright but are also very politically and socially conscious

Placement records: Major companies that came for campus recruitment include Essar Vodafone, Google, Cognizant Technologies and Star Jalsa. The highest package offered was R5 lakh a year and the average, around R3.5 lakh.

Presidency originated as Hindoo College in 1817. The college was renamed Presidency College in 1855. Initially open for men from Hindu elite families, after 1855, it started accepting students from all communities. It became a university in 2011

Lady Brabourne College
Address: P-1/2, Suhrawardy Avenue, Kolkata – 700017
Tel: 033 22897720

Programmes offered: Bachelor’s in English, Spanish, Bengali, Urdu, Sanskrit, Persian, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, geography and economics, among others

USP: The college has an extremely good placement record and is known for excellence in academics
Named after the wife of Lord Brabourne, the Governor of Bengal till February 1939, this college was set up by the Government of Bengal in the same year. The foundation stone of the building in which it is housed was laid by Sir J Woodhead, the then Governor of Bengal

St Xavier's College
30, Park Street, (30 Mother Teresa Sarani), Kolkata - 700016
Tel: 033 2255-1101

Programmes offered: Economics, English, mass communication, history, communicative English, political science, sociology, Hindi, elective Bengali and film studies, among others

Annual intake: Between 35 and 40 per subject

USP: Personal attention from the faculty members is the USP of this 147-year-old institution. The laboratory and library facilities are highly rated by students. The college has the latest computer and multi-media-aided classrooms

It is the coolest campus in Kolkata, coming straight out of Bollywood potboilers. Students are very fashion conscious and know how to mix freaking-out with serious studies

Famous alumni: Jyoti Basu, the longest serving chief minister of an Indian state; Ronen Sen, former ambassador to the United States of America and currently director of Tata Motors; tennis player Leander Paes; Md Hamid Ansari, vice president of India and Amar Singh, founding leader of Samajwadi Party

St Xavier’s was started as a pure arts college with 83 students in 1860 by the Society of Jesus. It got affiliated to Calcutta University in 1862. It’s a Christian minority educational institution

First Published: May 24, 2011 14:12 IST