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Jadavpur University

Each college campus has a charm and perks of its own. This article discusses the history, campus and admission process of Jadavpur University. Read on!


National Council of Education, Bengal

University of Calcutta is one of the three universities in modern India, the other two being Bombay (now Mumbai) and Madras University. It was set up by the British in Calcutta in 1861 as a means of spreading western philosophical thought among the elite in India. It also aimed to create, in the words of Lord Macaulay, “a class of persons Indian in blood and colour, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect.” This initiative was furthered by the passing of the Universities Act of 1904. This resulted in the reorganization of the Calcutta University’s Senate and Syndicate by the nomination of more white members into them, which in turn would enable the government to control its policies.

The government also decided to disaffiliate many private Indian colleges, which had come up lately and were regarded by the government as hotbeds of nationalist agitation. The measures stirred the educated middle class to move for alternative systems of education. Even the diplomas awarded by Jadavpur University were not recognised by the UGC / Govt. of India in the past until it was upgraded to a university in 1955. Its diploma awarded by National Council of Education was not recognized til 1954.

On 16 November 1905, the Landholders Society organized a meeting at Park Street, attended by around 1500 delegates, including Rabindranath Tagore, Aurobindo Ghosh, Raja Subodh Chandra Mullick and Brajendra Kishore Roychowdhury. The idea of the National Council of Education was mooted here. While in a meeting held on 9 November 1905 at the Field and Academic Club, Subodh Chandra Mullick pledged Rupees one lakh for the foundation of a National University in Bengal. The objective in setting up the institution that was to challenge the British rule over education by offering education to the masses ‘on national lines and under national control’.


The emblem as seen on Gate No. 3

The emblem of the university is a three-flamed lamp encircled by lotus petals. The lamp represents knowledge. The three flames represent intellectual training, cultivation of emotions and imagination, and spiritual development. The petals of the lotus on the periphery represent fine arts and culture. The emblem was designed by Nandalal Bose, a key member of the Bengal School of Art, who was one of the great masters at Kala Bhavan in Rabindranath Tagore’s Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. As the university celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 24 December 2005, the emblem was created to commemorate the occasion, and the motto ‘To Know Is To Grow’ was coined. This date was also the centenary of the National Council of Education.


Jadavpur University is semi-residential, which at present operates out of two urban campuses: one in Jadavpur (58 acres (230,000 m2)) and another in Salt Lake (26 acres (110,000 m2)).

National Instruments Limited Campus

The new National Instruments Limited Campus
 Jadavpur University has recently acquired the erstwhile National Instruments Limited (CSIR), becoming the first Indian university to acquire such a research unit. It is on a nine-acre plot opposite the main campus. After renovation, the new campus is expected to add much-needed space for new laboratories especially for the Departments of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, and Computer Science & Engineering.
The NIL campus is to be connected to the main campus by an underground tunnel to bypass the traffic on the busy Raja S.C. Mullick Road. In 2013, Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) announced plans to set up one of the country’s biggest state-of-the-art research hubs and Advanced Technology Centre at the NIL campus. In the same year, CSIR announced the setting up of a research centre for big data analytics and an Inverted Innovation Centre alongside the research hub already announced by DRDO.

Affiliated institutes

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


    • Library: Jadavpur university library system comprises the Central Library, Salt Lake Campus Library, 36 departmental libraries, and also the libraries attached with schools and centres for studies.
      The University Central Library is housed in a three-storied building on the campus. Its shelf space and working space total 36,000 sq.ft. and is being extended via a newly constructed annex building. This will add another 5,500 sq.ft. Seven reading rooms, carrels, and an alcove for bound volumes of journals provide sitting accommodation for 700 readers. There is a separate library on the second campus at Salt Lake. The space of the Salt Lake campus Library is 6,800 sq.ft.The Central Library is home to over 6,46,296 volumes of books on record (including the Salt lake Campus Library and those loaned to departmental libraries), 80,700 bound volumes of journals, 13,000 theses and dissertations, and 37,000 items of non-book materials such as reports pamphlets, maps and micro-forms.

      The library subscribes to about 633 print and 2,794 online journals. The university also has access to an additional 9,082 online journals through the INFLIBNET and the INDEST consortia. In total, the university library provides access to around 12,530 Journals.The library subscribes to 30 databases which include Scopus, Econlit etc. and also about 10,057 E-books.

    •  Hostel: In Jadavpur University there are 13 (4 for Girls and 9 for Boys) hostels with provision for accommodating over 1600 students. The hostel mess is under the purview of the Students Mess Committee that further operates under the guidance of the superintendent of the respective hostels. The main hostel complex is situated outside the campus.

      At the main hostel complex and the ladies hostel complex and beside old P.G. Hostel there are private canteens supervised by the students committee. There is also an exclusive hostel for research scholars.

      Available facilities :

        • Boys Hostel

          • Number of beds – 1254
      • Girls Hostel

        • Number of beds – 622
    • Sports ComplexTo create a professional and a corporate atmosphere and to give exposure to the university community into the hall of fame, Jadavpur University Sports Board has been associated with the other sports organizations / associations like Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Indian Football Association (IFA), West Bengal Athletics Association (WBAA), West Bengal Basketball Association (WBBA), Bengal Tennis Association (BTA) etc. for collaborative sports programmes like sports league, tournament, seminar, clinic etc. to develop healthy relationship with other institutions.

      Available facilities :

        • Badminton Court
        • Cricket Ground
        • Football Ground
        • Tennis Court
        • Volleyball Court
        • Throwball Court
        • Kabaddi
        • Chess Room
      • Athletic Track
  • Labs

    Available facilities :

    • Mechanical Lab


Internationally, Jadavpur University ranked 601-650 by the QS World University Rankings of 2018, 125 in Asia and 74 among BRICS nations. It was ranked 601-800 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018, 101-110 in Asia and 99 among BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings in 2017. It was also ranked 772 in the world by U.S. News & World Report.

The National Institutional Ranking Framework has ranked it 9 among engineering colleges in India in 2017, 12 overall and 5th among universities.

University and college rankings
General – international
QS (World) (2018) 601-650
QS (BRICS) (2018) 74
QS (Asia) (2018) 125
Times (World) (2018) 601-800
Times (BRICS) (2017) 99
Times (Asia) (2017) 101-110
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2017) 12
NIRF (Universities) (2017) 5
Engineering – India
NIRF (2017) 9


 Jadavpur University, Kolkata, offers Undergraduate (UG), Postgraduate (PG), M Phil and PhD programmes in various streams including Science, Engineering, Architecture, Education and Humanities & Social Science.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for UG and PG courses

  • Candidates applying to UG courses must be Class XII pass with at least 50% marks or equivalent from a recognized university or board.
  • Minimum eligibility to apply for PG courses is Graduation with at least 50% marks or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • There’s a provision of relaxation of marks for Reserved Category students as per the rules of State Government.

Admission Process

Admission to all the PG courses at Jadavpur University is done through entrance test conducted by individual departments. For PG courses offered by Faculty Council of Engineering and Technology, GATE score is mandatory. For those who have not taken GATE will have to appear in the entrance test conducted by the department.

At UG level, admission to courses offered by Faculty Council of Engineering and Technology is done on the basis of WEBJEE scores followed by counselling. Candidates opting to pursue any UG level course from Faculty Council of Arts have to appear in the entrance test conducted by the faculty.

For admission to courses offered by Faculty Council of Science merit in previous qualifying exam is the sole criterion.

Campus life at Jadavpur University

The JU Campus is “full of life”, this is exactly what the students say. Located in the heart of the city, and still managing well to isolate you from the typical city environment, JU can provide you the best of both worlds. While the lush of green may welcome you at Gate No 3, you may enter blushing at Gate No 4.

From engaging in deep talks to the regular football games in the beautiful Engineering fields, which changed into cricket when there was a slight nip in the air, cheering your team in Fresher’s Football and Football Arena, often positioned behind the enemy goalie, and walking back home when the last rays of the Sun hit the slanting blades of the Green Zone grass- this is what you get in JU!

Whether it’s 10 in the morning, or 9 at night, irrespective of the day, you will always be finding some people or the other to give you company. Since, JU has Engg, Arts and Science faculties all in the same campus, you can also come across various kinds of people. And in most circumstances, they do not make you feel like a stranger.

The University has events almost all around the year, starting with the departmental freshers, followed by U-Turn, Arena, Srijan (the tech-fest), and ultimately, the grandest of them all- Sanskriti- a 3 week long fest where you get to witness some of the most popular live shows ,Fossils, Chandrabindoo, Krosswindz, Lakkhichhara, Baiju Dharmajan, LRB, Arnob, Advaita, Raeth, the AR Rahman troupe, What Escapes Me, Skinny Alley, Pota, Indian Ocean, Ornob, Soulmate and Clinton Cerejo being some of them!

Enrollment in hostels of Jadavpur University

If you need accommodation in a hostel, you are to collect a prescribed application form from the Information Office and submit it to the Office of the Dean of Students duly filled in. At the time of admission in the hostel you are to pay but Rs.3000/- in all, inclusive of Mess Advance. No Caution Deposit is taken. Besides, you are to pay monthly seat rent & electricity charges at the rate of Rs.15/- & Rs.10/- respectively except Research Scholar (R.S.) and M.Phil students who are to pay monthly seat rent including electricity charge is Rs.300/- & Rs.150/- respectively.

The payment for two major meals at the hostel varies from one hostel to another and you are to pay every mess mill according to the bill made by the Student’s Mess Committee. Hostel-boarders are to abide by the hostel rules framed from time to time. It may be noted that for non-payment of mess dues, seat rent or electricity charges, the boardership of the hostel may be cancelled.

Hostel Accomodations

Total Accommodation: 1876

For Men Students: 1254

For Women Students: 622


The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination or WBJEE is a centralized state government-controlled test. The WBJEE, conducted by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board, gives admission to UG courses in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Medical, Dental and Pharmacy at various Universities and Colleges in the state of West Bengal. In 2017, approximately 1.27 lakh students appeared for the WBJEE Engineering entrance exam (for the 36,263 seats) and around 1.58 lakh took the Pharmacy entrance exam (for the 1085 seats).

Eligibility Criteria for WBJEE 2018

  • The candidate must be an Indian citizen and should have domicile of West Bengal.
  • The applicant must be 17 years old as on or 31st December of the year of admission. However, for the Marine Engineering course, the minimum age is 17 years, and the maximum age is 25 years.
  • The candidate must have appeared or passed 10+2 or equivalent exam from state or central board of education.
  • The candidate must have secured minimum 45% aggregate marks in the 12thexamination (40% for reserved category candidates).
  • For admission to the Jadavpur University, the candidates should have secured minimum 60% of marks (55% for reserved category candidates).
  • The candidate must have passed 10+2 with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as the core subjects.

Important Dates for WBJEE 2018

Events Dates (Tentative)
Availability of Information Brochure 3rd week of December 2017
Online Application Form Starts December 19, 2017
Last Date to Fill Online Application Form January 19, 2018
Documents Upload Last Date 3rd week of January 2018
Fee Payment Last Date 3rd week of January 2018
Last Date to Print Confirmation Page January 24, 2018
Correction Window Open 1st week of February 2018
Availability of Admit Card April 12, 2018
Date of Exam April 22, 2018
Result Publication 1st week of June 2018

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