Founded in 1955, Jadavpur University is a public research institution situated in the urban area of Kolkata – formerly Calcutta – in West Bengal.
Its roots date back to 1906 when the National Council of Education was formed in the wake of the local Swadeshi Movement, a popular uprising against Britain’s plans to partition the land. Today, the university is proud to stand as a symbol of this movement.
Made up of 36 departments, with 21 interdisciplinary schools and 40 centres of study, it serves roughly 10,000 students. It offers 39 undergraduate programmes, 57 postgraduate, and courses for masters in philosophy, PhDs and diplomas.
Despite being classed as a unitary university, which usually means there is only one campus, Jadavpur has two. The main campus is situated in Jadavpur, which houses the university’s main library collection, the third largest in the state of West Bengal.
The second, smaller (and newer) campus is found in Salt Lake City, also in West Bengal, and is around 26 acres in size.
In recognition of its commitment to research and education in the fields of engineering and technology, Jadavpur University was among 127 institutions to be given financial support by the World Bank through its Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme.
It was also the first university in India to be accredited by the Nippon Foundation, a Japanese grant-giving organisation, in recognition of the research undertaken across its social sciences and humanities departments.
Across both university campuses are hostels and a wide range of sport facilities for students and staff. These include two cricket grounds with nets, two football pitches, two basketball courts, one netball court, four volleyball courts, one tennis court, one badminton court, 15 table tennis tables, a 300m athletics track and a multipurpose hall for any other sports.
Through a partnership with Erasmus Mundus, students from some European universities can get a grant to study at Jadavpur.