Education in Kolkata
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- The West Bengal governmental system of education, known as West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, Kolkata.
- Private Church-run schools administered by either the CNI or Catholic or other non Christian schools administered privately. They are affiliated mostly to the ICSE and ISC examination of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, Delhi.
- Central government administered schools, such as Kendriya Vidyalaya, and privately administered schools affiliated mostly to the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi.
- The London Edexcel / the IGCSE education system.
- The Islamic Madrasah system of education.
- The open school based education affiliated to the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Delhi.
- In addition to that, private candidates can appear for examinations of either the CBSE, West Bengal Board and other state boards which conduct their courses in the city.
Non-privileged children mainly attend government primary schools, if they attend school at all. The quality of education available in these schools is not, by world standards, good. There have been recent initiatives, such as Shikhshalaya Prakalpa, to bring more children into the school system and improve the quality of teaching.
Kolkata has seventeen public universities or autonomous institutions that award their own degrees or diplomas. The following list contains the names of the degree or diploma awarding institutions that have their main campuses in or around Kolkata:
|Name of institution||Type of institution||Year of establishment|
|Aliah University||Non-affiliating multi-disciplinary Islamic university||1781, as Calcutta Madrasah College; 2007, as Aliah University|
|Bengal Engineering & Science University||2nd oldest engineering university in India, affiliated to AICTE and UGC||1856, as Calcutta Civil Engineering College; 2004, as BESU|
|University of Calcutta||State government administered affiliating and multi-disciplinary university||1857|
|Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Kolkata||Central government administered non-affiliating engineering education university||1856, as Calcutta Civil Engineering College; 2010, as Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Kolkata|
|Indian Institute of Management Calcutta||Central government administered autonomous business school||1961|
|Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata||Central government administered autonomous institution for research and education in science||2006|
|Indian Statistical Institute||Central government administered autonomous institution for research and education in statistics||1931|
|Jadavpur University||State government administered non-affiliating and multi-disciplinary university||1955|
|Netaji Subhas Open University||State government administered distance-education oriented, affiliating and multi-disciplinary university||1997|
|Presidency University, Kolkata||State government administered non-affiliating and multi-disciplinary university||1817, as Hindu College; 2010, as Presidency University|
|Rabindra Bharati University||State government administered non-affiliating liberal arts university||1962|
|Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University||Ramakrishna Mission administered private university||2005|
|Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute||Central government administered autonomous film institute||1995|
|West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences||State government administered non-affiliating law university||1999|
|West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences||State government administered non-affiliating veterinary education university||1893, as Bengal Veterinary College; 1995 as West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences|
|West Bengal University of Health Sciences||State government administered affiliating medical education university||2003|
|West Bengal State University||State government administered affiliating and multi-disciplinary university||2008|
|West Bengal University of Technology||State government administered affiliating and engineering education university||2000|
Two of India's oldest engineering institutions are located in Kolkata namely Bengal Engineering & Science University and Jadavpur University. Self-aided engineering colleges started to function in the late 1990s. All self aided engineering colleges of the city are affiliated to the West Bengal University of Technology. Some engineering colleges are funded by the World Bank under the "Technical Education Quality Improvement Program". The University of Calcutta and Aliah University also offer a few engineering courses. The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and the Birla Institute of Technology also offer technology and related courses in their city based campuses.
List of Schools (select list)
All medical colleges are affiliated with the West Bengal University of Health Sciences. Previously they were affiliated with the University of Calcutta.
Institutions of National Importance