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Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

In the league of Amartya Sen, Mittal

Steeped in history and boasting of an impeccable reputation in academics, Kolkata is home to some of the best educational institutions in our country, reports Mou Chakraborty.

india Updated: May 17, 2008 01:26 IST
Mou Chakraborty
Mou Chakraborty
Hindustan Times

Steeped in history and boasting an impeccable reputation in academics, Kolkata is home to some of the best educational institutions in our country. These include the University of Calcutta and Jadavpur University.

So, if you are a lover of history and want to study in a university that has been associated with three Nobel laureates, Calcutta University is the institution you should be in. The 151-year-old varsity, that has produced the first woman graduate of not only India but also the 19th century British Empire, has also seen some of its students like L.N. Mittal, Sourav Ganguly, Rituparno Ghosh and Vijay Mallya excelling in varied walks of life.

For over a century, the city’s Presidency College has built up a formidable reputation. It never admits students on the basis of board results but only through admission tests that are designed to find out if the student has a knack for the subject he/she has applied for, irrespective of the marks secured.

Two years ago, St Xavier’s College became an autonomous college. Even though its campus has a very high ‘cool’ quotient, the college also ensures that its students are serious with studies.

Jadavpur University (JU), which is counted among the country’s top five educational institutions, is probably the only one which allows students to take up interdisciplinary modules. No wonder that often, the students of English literature read gothic architecture and engineering students make it a point to study a foreign language as one of their optional papers. The student-teacher ratio, too, is 12:1 which is the best in the country. Recruiters usually make a beeline to offer jobs to JU students.