University of Burdwan
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Burdwan University Administrative Complex Gate
|Motto||To generate Curiosity, Creativity, Competence, Compassion among the students|
|Chancellor||Kesharinath Tripathi,The Governor of West Bengal|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Smritikumar Sarkar|
|Location||Rajbati, Burdwan-713104, West Bengal, India
|Campus||Urban (approx. 400 acres)|
|Affiliations||UGC, NAAC, AIU|
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 three districts that come under the jurisdiction of the university. The jurisdiction covers the districts of Burdwan, Birbhum, and Hooghly (except: Serampore). The main campus of the university is of 398 acres (approx).
The university offers more than 30 Undergraduate and 66 Postgraduate courses. There are 227 Esteemed Faculties and 189 affiliated colleges (including degree colleges, B.Ed. colleges and private professional institutes).
The university has been awarded status 4 by the NAAC on 22/03/2001 and B++ Grade awarded on 31/03/2007.
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.
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.
Admission and academic faculties
Admission to Burdwan University is highly competitive, as it consistently ranks among 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 (or for other engineering colleges admitting students through the WBJEE). Postgraduate students in engineering are admitted through GATE.
Admission to the Arts and Science Faculties is by individual examinations for each of the departments at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Weight is given to marks obtained at the higher secondary level for undergraduate admissions and at the undergraduate level for postgraduate level.
Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering (Microwaves), Biotechnology, Botany, Computer Science, Chemistry, Computer Technology, Environmental Science, Computer Science & Application, Nutrition, Geography, Geospatial Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Statistic, Zoology, Anthropology, Psychology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Electronics, Physiology, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Electronics and Instrumentation
Arts, Commerce, and Social Science (UG/PG)
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, Bachelor of Computer Application(BCA)
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 DDE 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
The University have one "Central Library" and departmental Library.
Residential student halls
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University Institute of Technology (UIT)
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.