University of Burdwan

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University of Burdwan
বর্ধমান বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়
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Burdwan University Administrative Complex Gate
Motto To generate Curiosity, Creativity, Competence, Compassion among the students
Established 1960
Type Public
Chancellor Kesharinath Tripathi,The Governor of West Bengal
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Smritikumar Sarkar
Location Bardhaman, West Bengal, India
23°15′N 87°51′E / 23.25°N 87.85°E / 23.25; 87.85Coordinates: 23°15′N 87°51′E / 23.25°N 87.85°E / 23.25; 87.85
Campus Urban (approx. 400 acres)
Affiliations UGC, NAAC, AIU
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The University of Burdwan (also Burdwan University or B.U.; Bengali: বর্ধমান বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়) is a public university located in Bardhaman, West Bengal, India. It was established by the West Bengal government as a teaching and affiliating university on 15 June 1960 with six graduate departments and thirty undergraduate colleges spread over five districts that come under the jurisdiction of the university. The jurisdiction covers the districts of Burdwan, Birbhum, Bankura, and Hooghly (except Srirampur). The main campus of the university is of 398 acres (approx).

The university offers 30 graduate programmes. There are 139 affiliated colleges (including degree colleges, B.Ed. colleges and private professional institutes).

The university has been awarded five-star status by the NAAC.[citation needed]


The last maharaja of Burdwan, Udaychand Mahtab left the entire property of Burdwan to the government of West Bengal after the zamindari system ended in the 1950s. The then chief minister of West Bengal, Bidhan Chandra Roy took the initiative of establishing a university at the premises of the palace of the maharaja. Thus the university was established in 1960. Sukumar Sen (ICS) was the first vice-chancellor. The university began its function only with the humanities division, with science and engineering courses included afterwards.[1]


Burdwan University is an autonomous state university. The governor of the state of West Bengal is its chancellor. Daily administration is handled under the leadership of the vice chancellor, who is appointed by the governor on the recommendations of the government of West Bengal. The vice chancellor is assisted in his duties by the pro vice chancellor who is de facto a senior faculty member of faculty of engineering and technology.

Within the university’s administrative structure, the highest body is the university court. It consists of members elected by the staff members of the university from amongst themselves as well as members of the alumni.

Next in hierarchy comes the executive council of the university, which takes all the decisions relating to day-to-day functioning. It consists of staff and student members from all the three faculties. The student members of the faculties finding representation on the executive council are the chairmen of the three student councils of unions.

The three faculties, in turn, have their own councils which are changed every four years and differ in their compositions. The engineering faculty, for example, has members who are nominated either by the vice chancellor or are invited from the schools functioning under the faculty. The Arts and Science faculties have member from the respective faculties. A common factor in each of the three faculties is that each department is represented on the council by the Head of the Department and at least one other faculty member of the department.

Outside these councils are the offices of the registrar, finance officer, controller of examinations, university engineer, faculty secretaries, placement coordinator and deans of the three faculties and students welfare which are responsible for the administrative tasks delegated to them. Finally, at the departmental level are the heads of departments.

Academic Faculties[edit]

Burdwan University academic complex, South Gate

Admission to Burdwan University is highly competitive, as it consistently ranks amongst the best colleges in India. For admissions to the Engineering Faculty at the undergraduate level, students are admitted through the WBJEE, an entrance examination open to students from all over India. Unlike in a large number of states, there is no domicile quota in BU as well as for the remaining engineering colleges admitting students through the WBJEE. Postgraduate students in engineering are admitted through GATE. Admission to the Arts and Science Faculties is by means of individual examinations for each of the departments at the undergraduate as well as the postgraduate levels. Weight age is given to marks obtained at the higher secondary level for undergraduate admissions at the undergraduate level for postgraduate level.

Science (UG/PG)[edit]

Atomic Physics, Microwaves, Biotechnology, Botany, Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Chemistry, Ecotechnology, Environmental Science, Energy Technology, Food Science, Forensic Science, Geography, Geoscience, Genetics, Health Science, Information Management, Mathematics, Medicine, Microbiology, Metrology, Mechanics, Neuroscience, Oceanography, Physics, Pharmacy, Statistics, Space Science, Systems Science, Zoology.

Arts, Commerce, and Social Science (UG/PG)[edit]

Archaeology, Anthropology, Bengali, Commerce, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Education, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Hindi, Home Science, History, International Relations, Industrial Relations, Library and Information Science, Law, Literature, Linguistic, Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Human Resource Development, Mass Communications, Music, Political Science, Project Management, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Sanskrit, Teaching, Tourism Management, Urban and Regional Planning, Visual Arts.

Distance education[edit]

This university has a Directorate of Distance Education (DDE,BU) for conducting post graduate studies in distance mode. This is for people (mainly workers) who cannot undergo post graduate studies in regular (full-time) mode. The Directorate of Distance Education was established in 1994. Courses of distance education in the university is approved by University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Distance Education Council.

Library and centers[edit]

The University have a "Central Library" and departmental Library.

Residential student halls[edit]

University Institute of Technology (UIT)[edit]

University Institute of Technology (UIT) is a professional engineering college under the University of Burdwan, and currently represents the faculty of engineering that was at National Institute of Technology, Durgapur since its inception. This college was inaugurated in 2001 by the then chief minister of West Bengal Sri Buddhadeb Bhattacharya. UIT is approved by the government of West Bengal and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). UIT is a National Board of Accreditation (NBA) Accredited Institute. Admission in this college is done through the merit list and counseling by West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board.

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