University of Calcutta, also known as Calcutta University or CU, is a public state university situated in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was founded in 1857 by a Calcutta University Act. The land was given by then Maharaja of Darbhanga, Maharaja Maheshwar Singh Bahadur. Initially, the university had adopted the education and administrative outline of the University of London, but later made changes in its constitution. The graduate degree to the first female student was awarded in 1882.
It has gained a position of a five-star university by the University Grants Commission.
Faculty & Departments
The university has nine faculties, more than 65 academic departments and over 20 centres.
Faculty - Agriculture; Arts; Engineering & Technology; Commerce, Social Welfare & Business Management; Law; Science; Education, Journalism & Library Science; Fine Arts, Music and Home Science
Departments - Home Science, Arabic & Persian, Political Science, Business Management, Applied Physics, Urdu, Law, Anthropology, Atmospheric Science, Psychology, Marine Science, Microbiology, Genetics, Education and others
Programs & Degrees
Russian, Library & Information Science, Electrical Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering, Oil Technology, Food and Nutrition, Law, Jute and Fibre Technology and others
Agricultural Chemistry & Soil Science, Plant Physiology, Arabic & Persian, Bengali, Economics, Museology, Financial Management, Journalism and Mass Communication, Pharmaceuticals Technology, Biotechnology, Marine Science and others
Agronomy, Genetics & Plant Breeding, Archaeology, Economics, Sanskrit, Economics, Education, Human Development, Law, Biochemistry, Botany, Genetics, Geography, Physics and others
Almost all disciplines contribute in finding new ideas for various challenges and in the development of the society. Many courses require research on an annual basis, while some conduct research projects on a semester basis. The research centres of the University of Calcutta allow students to work effectively on their core topic and bring impactful outcome.
The admission process, application form, eligibility criteria and application requirements are different for many courses. For several courses, applicants need to go through the entrance test designed by the particular academic department. Make sure to check the detailed information of the admission for the chosen course at the university. The application forms for the type of courses are available here.
The university has several campuses spread all over the city.
It has a library, museum, canteen, health service, auditorium, residence halls, guest houses, placement cell, sports and games facilities etc.
The university provides all possible financial support to the students who excel in their studies and who are in need of funds to pursue higher studies. The numbers of scholarships are offered to undergraduate and postgraduate students in various disciplines. Many scholarships are awarded by the external funding sources such as Government of India. The applicants must meet the eligibility criteria to take the benefits of financial support.
Why to join?
The teaching, research, learning, living and recreation facilities at the University of Calcutta help a student to become an all-rounder who can achieve a successful personal and professional life with his/her dedication and confidence.