Education in Kolkata

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The systems of secondary and post-secondary education in Kolkata are listed as follows:

Schooling[edit]

Kolkata has several parallel systems of school education, and K-12 schools are usually affiliated with either of the following:

Name of affiliating organization Type of organization Year of establishment
Cambridge International Examinations International board 1998
Central Board of Secondary Education Central government administered board 1962
Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations Non-governmental board 1958
Edexcel International board 1996
International Baccalaureate International board 1968
National Institute of Open Schooling Central government administered open school board 1989
Rabindra Mukta Vidyalaya State government administered open school board 2001
West Bengal Board of Madrasah Education State government administered Islamic Madrasah board 1927
West Bengal Board of Secondary Education State government administered board 1951
West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education State government administered board 1975
Indian Board of School Education An Autonomous Board

In addition to these, private candidates can appear for examinations of either the CBSE, West Bengal boards and other state boards which conduct their courses in the city.

Non-privileged children mainly attend government primary schools, if they attend school at all. The quality of education available in these schools is not, by world standards, good. There have been recent initiatives, such as Shikhshalaya Prakalpa, to bring more children into the school system and improve the quality of teaching.

Universities[edit]

Kolkata has nineteen public universities or autonomous institutions that award their own degrees or diplomas. The following list contains the names of the degree or diploma awarding institutions that have their main campuses in or around Kolkata:

Name of institution Type of institution Year of establishment
Aliah University State government administered non-affiliating multidisciplinary Islamic university 1781, as Calcutta Madrasah College; 2007, as Aliah University
West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences State government administered university under Animal Resources Development Department established 1995, previously known as Bengal Veterinary College; 1881, '
University of Calcutta State government administered affiliating and multidisciplinary university 1857
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur Central government administered engineering university 1856, as Calcutta Civil Engineering College; 2014, as IIEST
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Central government administered autonomous institution for research and education in foreign trade 2006
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta Central government administered autonomous business school 1961
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata Central government administered autonomous institution for research and education in science 2006
Indian Statistical Institute Central government administered autonomous institution for research and education in statistics 1931
Jadavpur University State government administered non-affiliating and multidisciplinary university 1955
Netaji Subhas Open University State government administered distance-education oriented, affiliating and multidisciplinary university 1997
Presidency University, Kolkata State government administered non-affiliating and multidisciplinary university 1817, as Hindu College; 2010, as Presidency University
Rabindra Bharati University State government administered non-affiliating liberal arts university 1962
Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University Private university 2005
Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute Central government administered autonomous film institute 1995
Techno India University Private university 2012
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences State government administered non-affiliating law university 1999
West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences State government administered non-affiliating veterinary education university 1893, as Bengal Veterinary College; 1995 as West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences
West Bengal University of Health Sciences State government administered affiliating medical education university 2003
West Bengal State University State government administered affiliating and multidisciplinary university 2008
West Bengal University of Technology State government administered affiliating and engineering education university 2000

Engineering Colleges[edit]

Two of India's oldest engineering institutions are located in Kolkata namely Bengal Engineering & Science University and Jadavpur University. Self-aided engineering colleges started to function in the late 1990s. All self-aided engineering colleges of the city are affiliated to the West Bengal University of Technology. Some engineering colleges are funded by the World Bank under the "Technical Education Quality Improvement Program". The University of Calcutta, Aliah University and Techno India University also offer engineering courses. The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and the Birla Institute of Technology also offer technology and related courses in their city based campuses.

Medical Colleges[edit]

All medical colleges are affiliated with the West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata.

Institutions of National Importance[edit]

See also[edit]