Jadavpur University

Coordinates: 22°29′48″N 88°22′21″E / 22.496623°N 88.372389°E / 22.496623; 88.372389
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Jadavpur University
Jadavpur University Logo.svg
Seal of the Jadavpur University
Former names
  • National Council of Education
  • Bengal Technical Institute
MottoTo Know Is To Grow
  • 1905; 118 years ago (1905) as Bengal Technical Institute
  • 24 December 1955; 67 years ago (1955-12-24)[1] as Jadavpur University
Academic affiliations
Budget297 crore (US$37 million)
(FY2021–22 est.)[2]
ChancellorGovernor of West Bengal
(Since 1st June 2023)
Academic staff
902 (2023)[3]
Students13,570 (2023)[3]
Undergraduates8,148 (2023)[3]
Postgraduates3,134 (2023)[3]
2,288 (2023)[3]

22°29′48″N 88°22′21″E / 22.496623°N 88.372389°E / 22.496623; 88.372389
CampusLarge city
96.5 acres (39.1 ha)
Websitejadavpuruniversity.in Edit this at Wikidata

Jadavpur University is a public state university located in Jadavpur, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was established in 1905 as Bengal Technical Institute and was converted into Jadavpur University in 1955.[4][5] In 2023, it was ranked fourth among universities in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). It also achieved 10th rank in the engineering category and 13th rank overall in National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2023.


In 1910, the Society for the Promotion of Technical Education in Bengal which looked after Bengal Technical Institute (which later became College of Engineering and Technology, Bengal) was amalgamated to NCE.[6] NCE henceforth looked after the College of Engineering and Technology, Bengal.[7]

After Independence, on 24 December 1955, Jadavpur University was officially established by the Government of West Bengal with the concurrence of the Government of India.[5]

Engineering Science Building, 2015

Organisation and administration[edit]


The Vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University is the chief executive officer of the university. Suranjan Das is the current vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University.[8][9]

Affiliated institutes[edit]

In addition to being a unitary university, it has other institutes like the J D Birla Institute, and the Institute of Business Management affiliated to it, which operate out of independent campuses.[10] While these institutes have their own independent curriculum as well as examination systems, the final degree is offered by Jadavpur University.

To facilitate interdisciplinary learning and research in diverse fields, there are a number of schools and centre for studies. Some of the major research ventures undertaken by these schools include the pioneering work done by the School of Environmental Studies in highlighting the presence of arsenic in groundwater in countries like India and Bangladesh and the development of the first alcohol based car by the School of Automobile Engineering.[11][12] The centres for studies are usually directly associated with a particular department in Jadavpur University[13] In March 2011, Indian American scientist Manick Sorcar assisted in the opening of a laser animation lab under the School of Illumination Science, Engineering and Design.[14]



University and college rankings
General – international
QS (World) (2023)[15]701-750
QS (Asia) (2023)[16]182
Times (World) (2023)[17]1001-1200
Times (Asia) (2022)[18]251–300
Times (Emerging) (2022)[19]251–300
General – India
NIRF (Universities) (2022)[20]4
Outlook India (Universities) (2020)[21]3

Internationally, Jadavpur University was ranked 701-750 in the QS World University Rankings of 2023[15] and 182 in Asia.[16] It was ranked 1001–1200 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2023,[17] 251–300 in Asia in 2022[18] and in the same band among emerging economies.[19]

The National Institutional Ranking Framework ranked it 4th among universities in India, 10th among engineering institutes, and 13th overall in 2023.[20][22][23]


The two titles were Rajpurush (translation of Niccolò Machiavelli's Il Principe); translated by Doyeeta Majumder, with an introduction by Swapan Kumar Chakravorty, and Shilpachinta (translation of selections from Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks); translated by Sukanta Chaudhuri. Both books were translated from the original Italian.[24]

Notable alumni[edit]

Criticism and controversies[edit]

Students rally against the vice-chancellor during the 2014 Jadavpur University protests

In 2014 a series of protests broke out in response to the alleged molestation of a female student and beating of a male student by 10 other students on 28 August 2014. Her family and ultimately the student body were unsatisfied by the response of the Vice Chancellor to the allegations. Protests began on 10 September.[25] On 16 September students gheraoed several officials in their offices, demanding that the Vice Chancellor make a statement on the status of a fair probe. Police were summoned, and later that night the police allegedly attacked and beat the student demonstrators. 30 to 40 students were injured; some had to be hospitalized. Reaction was nationwide, with supportive protests at multiple other cities including New Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore. On 20 September, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who is also the chancellor of the university, met with student representatives and promised to conduct an impartial inquiry.[26] However, students said they will continue to boycott classes until the Vice Chancellor resigns.[25]

On 26 September, a State Government inquiry panel submitted its report, confirming that the female student had indeed been sexually abused on 28 August 2014.[27] On 26 September, police summoned two Jadavpur University students to come to the Lalbazar Police HQ for questioning at 4 pm on Friday. They were arrested at 6 pm. "The arrests were made after evidence was found, prima facie, against the duo. Further investigation is on," said joint CP-crime Pallab Kanti Ghosh.[27] Mr Ghosh also stated, "(Two names) were arrested because we had enough evidence to prove that they were present at the spot and had carried out the crime as alleged in the victim's complaint."[28] The duo were booked under Sections of 354 (assault or use of criminal force on a woman with the intent to outrage her modesty), 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) of the IPC.[28]

JU got embroiled in controversy on July 4, 2018, when the executive council announced its decision to scrap entrance tests for six humanities subjects which was met with protests from the Jadavpur University Teacher's Association and the student unions along with other academics and university students due speculations that state education ministry had influenced this decision.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Editorial". The Bombay Technologist. 6 (1): 1–2. 1 March 1956. ISSN 0067-9925. Archived from the original on 12 June 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  2. ^ http://wbfin.nic.in/writereaddata/Budget_Publication/2021_bp23.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ a b c d e "NIRF 2023" (PDF). Jadavpur University.
  4. ^ "Jadavpur University Establishment" (PDF). ugc.ac.in. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Jadhavpur University". Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  6. ^ "History of NCE, Bengal and Jadavpur University". juaam.com. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  7. ^ "About University | Jadavpur University". jadavpur.remotexs.in. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Suranjan Das Takes Over as New Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University". NDTV.com. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Welcome to the official website of Jadavpur University". www.jaduniv.edu.in. Archived from the original on 26 September 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Affiliated Institutions". Archived from the original on 19 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Jadavpur University". Archived from the original on 17 October 2014.
  12. ^ School Of Cultural Texts and Records Archived 13 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine jaduniv.edu.in. Retrieved 5 August 2012
  13. ^ "Centre For Studies". Archived from the original on 7 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Wizard of light brings magic of laser to JU," Archived 26 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine The Telegraph, 2011
  15. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings 2023". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 8 June 2022.
  16. ^ a b "QS Asia University Rankings 2023". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 8 November 2022.
  17. ^ a b "World University Rankings 2023". Times Higher Education. 2022.
  18. ^ a b "Asia University Rankings 2022". Times Higher Education. 2022.
  19. ^ a b "Emerging Economies University Rankings 2022". Times Higher Education. 2022.
  20. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2022 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 15 July 2022.
  21. ^ "Top 75 Universities In India In 2020". Outlook India. 8 October 2020. Archived from the original on 15 September 2020. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  22. ^ Cite error: The named reference Rankings_NIRF_E_2023 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  23. ^ Cite error: The named reference Rankings_NIRF_O_2023 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  24. ^ "JU to launch publication house". The Times of India. 26 October 2010. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  25. ^ a b "Jadavpur University boycott to continue despite inquiry". BBC News. Archived from the original on 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  26. ^ "30,000 march in rain to seek Jadavpur VC's scalp". The Times of India. 21 September 2014. Archived from the original on 23 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  27. ^ a b "2 Jadavpur University students held after govt panel finds molest evidence". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  28. ^ a b "Molest cuffs on two JU students". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  29. ^ "Jadavpur University V-C Fails to Cut Ice With Students on Day 4 of Hunger Strike, Girl Taken to Hospital". News18. 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 19 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.

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