Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology

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Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal
মৌলানা আবুল কালাম আজাদ প্রযুক্তি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, পশ্চিমবঙ্গ
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Former name
West Bengal University of Technology
Motto In Pursuit of Knowledge and Excellence
Type Public
Established 2000
Chancellor Governor of West Bengal
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Saikat Maitra
Location Kolkata, West Bengal, India
22°35′49.97″N 88°25′5.92″E / 22.5972139°N 88.4183111°E / 22.5972139; 88.4183111Coordinates: 22°35′49.97″N 88°25′5.92″E / 22.5972139°N 88.4183111°E / 22.5972139; 88.4183111
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal (MAKAUT, WB), formerly West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT), is a public state university located in Kolkata, India. Founded in 2000 and funded initially by the Government of West Bengal, MAKAUT, WB provides facilities for the pursuit of degree and advanced-level courses in engineering, management and other professional areas through affiliated institutions[1] and in-house departments. It has 197 colleges affiliated to its jurisdiction, with specializations in 29 domains and its catchment area encompassing the entire state of West Bengal.[2][3]


The government of West Bengal set up an Expert Committee on December 31, 1998, under the chairmanship of Ashesh Prasad Mitra to explore the necessity, field and scope for the establishment of an 'Engineering and Technology' university in the state of West Bengal. Following their review, they decided that existing and forthcoming engineering and technology colleges needed the guidance of a technological university for the inclusive growth and improvement of technological education.

The proposition to set up West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT) was started by a committee in 1998; it formally came into existence on August 5, 2000. It started functioning with the assumption of office of the first vice chancellor on January 15, 2001 as a sequel to the promulgation of the West Bengal University of Technology Act 2000, under the West Bengal Act XV of 2000 passed by the West Bengal legislature and published in the Calcutta Gazette (Extraordinary) dated July 20, 2000. The Act contemplates a General Council, an Executive Council, an Academic Council, a Finance Committee and an Advisory Council as its regulatory and advisory bodies.

The university in-house department first started with formerly IIIT-C (Indian Institute of Information Technology-Calcutta) and used to offer B.E. degree course in Information Technology.[4]

The renaming of the university from West Bengal University of Technology to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal in April 2015[5] led to agitation in the student community and across the colleges affiliated to the university.[6]


MAKAUT, WB is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC). It offers an integrated Ph.D. program in Physical Science and Chemical Science in collaboration with S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences. WBUT's School of Management and Sciences has initiated professional training courses in other countries for foreign students in collaboration with South Asian Management Technology (SAMT).[7]

The university has 209 colleges and institutes affiliated to it spread throughout West Bengal along with its schools of studies on the main campus for different branches. The main campus is situated at BF-142, Salt Lake and it has campuses for different branches. The University is soon going to have its permanent residence in Haringhata, West Bengal[8]

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