List of Top Universities in West Bengal (2021): Rankings, Fees, Placements & More

What are the most popular Universities in West Bengal? Let’s try to answer this question. So publishing the 2021 West Bengal University Ranking of 42 recognized West Bengal higher-education institutions that are meeting the following criteria:

  • Offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • Delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format

Our aim is to provide a non-academic League Table of the top West Bengal Universities based on valid, and unbiased, and non-influenceable web metrics provided by independent web intelligence sources rather than data submitted by the Universities themselves.

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Top Universities in West Bengal

University Name Average Fee Structure NIRF Rank
IIT KHARAGPUR Rs. 289940 per year NIRF RANKING-3
Indian statistical institute Rs. 20000 per year NIRF RANKING-186
University Of Calcutta Rs. 7707 per year. NIRF RANKING-11
Jadavpur University Rs. 2400 per year. NIRF RANKING-12
University of Burdwan Rs. 23750 per year. NIRF RANKING-5
Maulana Abul kalam Azad University of Technology  Rs. 47500 per year. NIRF RANKING-157
Visva Bharti University Rs. 3690 per year. NIRF RANKING-50
Presidency University Rs. 2,10000 per year. NIRF RANKING-151
NIT Durgapur Rs  1,38975 per year. NIRF RANKING-96

Best Universities in Kolkata

IIT KHARAGPUR – Established in 1951

Founded in 1951, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the medium city of Kharagpur (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants). It is officially recognized by the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Human Resources Development of India.

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) is a large (uniRank enrolment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational Indian higher education institution. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, as well as doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

This 69 years old Indian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic records and grades. The admission rate range is 90-100% in making this Indian higher education organization the least selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrolment. IIT Kharagpur also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, as well as financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses, and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative service.

The Indian government established IIT Kharagpur to train scientists and engineers after India attained independence in 1947. Remarkably, IIT Kharagpur began classes in the abandoned Hijli Detention Camp used by the British to imprison Indian independence movement activists. And In 1952, the foundation stone for the new building was laid in a dedication ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. On September 15, 1956, the Parliament of India passed the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) Act declaring it an Institute of National Importance. So, “India will rise from a history of oppression into a new nation through education” is the mission of ITT Kharagpur which has been fittingly symbolized by the original Hijli Detention Camp building.

  • Categories of Degrees: UG ,PG, and DOCTORAL Degree
  • Topmost Courses: Integrated B-tech and M-tech program
  • Fee Structure: 289940 per year
  • Average Placement: 5 LPA

INDIAN STATICAL UNIVERSITY – Established in 1931

Established in 1931, the Indian Statistical Institute is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large metropolis of Kolkata (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), West Bengal. And This institution also has branch campuses in the following locations: Bangalore, Delhi, as well as in Chennai. Officially recognized by the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Human Resources Development of India.

Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) is a very small (uniRank enrolment range: 250-499 students) coeducational Indian higher education institution. Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees, as well as doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

This 88 years old Indian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. So, International applicants are eligible to apply for enrolment. ISI also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, and housing, and sports facilities, and financial aids and/or scholarships, as well as administrative services placement.

Indian Statistical Institute is a government institute that trains students in statistics and related sciences. ISI has its headquarters in Kolkata with 4 more centers operating in Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and also in  Tezpur. ISI was reported as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India in 1959. Thereafter The establishment is licensed to the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MOSPI) and is perceived by AICTE. It offers full-time UG, PG, and Short-term courses including B.Stat, B.Math, M.Stat, and MS among others. The institute also offers various research fellowships and certifications all above programs and certification programs.

  • Categories of Degrees: UG and PG Degree
  • Topmost Courses:  B.sc and MTech.
  • Fee Structure: 20000 per year
  • Average Placement: 16 LPA

The University of Calcutta – Established in 1857

Established in 1857, the University of Calcutta is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large metropolis of Kolkata (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), West Bengal. Officially recognized by the University Grants Commission of India, And the University of Calcutta (CU) is a large (uniRank enrolment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational Indian higher education institution.

University of Calcutta (CU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor’s degrees in several areas of study. Its alumni and faculty include several heads of state and government, social reformers, prominent artists, the only Indian Academy award winner and Dirac medal winner, many Fellows of the Royal Society, and five Nobel laureates—the highest number in South Asia—as of 2019. The five Nobel laureates associated with this university are Ronald Ross, Rabindranath Tagore, C. V. Raman, Amartya Sen, and Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee. The university has the highest number of students who have cleared the National Eligibility Test. The University of Calcutta is a member of the United Nations Academic Impact.

This 163 years old Indian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrolment. CU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, as well as financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

The university has a total of fourteen campuses spread over the city of Kolkata and its suburbs. 151 colleges and 21 institutes and centers are affiliated with it as of 2020. The university was seventh in the Indian University Ranking 2020 list, released by the National Institutional Ranking Framework of the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India.

  • Categories of Degrees: UG, PG, DIPLOMA, and DOCTORAL
  • Topmost Courses: Tech , MTech, M.A etc.
  • Fee Structure: INR 7707 per year
  • Average Placement: INR 4 LPA

Jadavpur University – Established in 1955

Jadavpur University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large metropolis of Kolkata (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), and it was established in 1955 in West Bengal. Officially recognized by the University Grants Commission of India, Jadavpur University (JU) is a large (uniRank enrolment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational Indian higher education institution.

Jadavpur University (JU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor’s degrees in several areas of study. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrolment. JU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library and housing, sports facilities and study abroad and exchange programs and online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

Jadavpur University is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and is accredited by NAAC as an ‘A’ grade University. Jadavpur University majorly is divided into 3 faculties i.e., Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Engineering &Technology. These faculties are further divided into 36 departments offering more than 25 courses.

Jadavpur University is a state-level university. The University is an individual from the Association of India Universities (AIU) and has been licensed by NAAC with Grade ‘A’. Jadavpur University has been positioned 5 for college and 17 for Engineering by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2020. It was established in 1955, Jadavpur University is located in Kolkata. The University has 3 affiliated institutions namely, Bengal Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, J.D. Birla Institute, and Institute of Business Management. Jadavpur University has 36 departments that collectively offer more than 130 courses at UG and, PG and doctoral levels. All these courses are UGC-approved and are offered across four fields, including Arts, Science and Engineering & Technology, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

  • Categories of Degrees: UG, PG , DIPLOMA, and DOCTORAL
  • Topmost Courses: E, B.Tech, BA, MA, B.Sc., M.Sc., MTech, M.E, M.Pharma etc.
  • Fee Structure: INR 2400 per year.
  • Average Placement: INR 29 LPA

Burdwan University

Founded in 1960, the University of Burdwan is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the rural setting of the medium city of Bardhaman (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), West Bengal. Officially recognized by the University Grants Commission of India, the University of Burdwan (BU) is a coeducational Indian higher education institution. University of Burdwan (BU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor’s degrees and post-graduate degrees in several areas of study.

Burdwan University is inviting applications for admission to Certificate/Diploma/Advanced Diploma in French and Russian Language for the academic year 2021. Apart from this, various integrated, diploma, advanced diploma, and certificate courses are on offer in management, engineering, law, etc. Admission to the university is both merit and entrance-based. The application process for admission is online through the official website.

BU offers various UG, Integrated, PG, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Certificate, and M.Phil. as well as Ph.D. courses in the discipline of Business Administration, Engineering, etc. Apart from this, various integrated, diploma, advanced diploma, and certificate courses are on offer in management, engineering, law, etc.

The university has more than 520 full-time academic faculty members. The faculty staff of Burdwan University are highly qualified and experienced. The faculty of the university is as follows: Professor: 90, Associate Professor: 27, Assistant Professor: 543, as well as  5 Senior Teacher.

  • Categories of Degrees: UG, PG, Doctoral, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, and Certificate
  • Topmost Courses: BA, B.Sc.,  Sc, etc
  • Fee Structure: INR 23750 per year
  • Average Placement: Between 3 LPA to 7 LPA

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University  of Technology – Established in 2001

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large metropolis of Kolkata (population range of over 5,000,000 inhibition established in 2001, West Bengal. It is  Officially recognized by the University Grants Commission of India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal (MAKAUTWB) is a very large (uniRank enrolment range: over-45,000 students) coeducational Indian higher education institution.

The University of Burdwan (also known as Burdwan University or B. U.) is a public university in Purba Bardhaman, West Bengal, India. It was established by the West Bengal Government as a teaching and affiliating university with 6 graduate departments and 30 undergraduate colleges spread over three districts under the jurisdiction of the university. The university currently offers more than 30 undergraduate as well as  66 postgraduate courses. The university offers various degrees in Engineering, Management, and sciences. All the programs offered by the university at the UG level are now accredited by the NBA. Apart from the UG, and PG, and Certifications courses, the university also offers PG Diploma in various fields.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal (MAKAUTWB) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor’s degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 19-year-old Indian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 40-50% making this Indian higher education organization an averagely selective institution. MAKAUTWB also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.

The university has a placement cell that coordinates with various top MNCs and companies for the recruitment process and ensures maximum participation of students as well as of employers. As per the reviews of various candidates, it records closer to 100 percent placements with its excellence in the personal grooming of all the candidates.

In fact, the university invites various top companies for the recruitment process such as Infosys, and  Wipro, and IBM, and Cognizant, as well as  Amazon, and Coca-Cola, etc.

  • Categories of Degrees: UG, PG DIPLOMA, and DOCTORAL
  • Topmost Courses: Tech, MTech ,B.Sc. and M.Sc. etc
  • Fee Structure: 47500 per year.
  • Average Placement: INR 3-4.5 LPA

Visva Bharti  University – Established in 1921

Visva-Bharati is a central research university and an Institution of National Importance located in Shanti Niketan, West Bengal, India. It was founded by Rabindranath Tagore. He called it Visva-Bharati, which means the communion of the world with India. Until independence, it was a college. Soon after independence, an act of the Parliament also provided it the status of a central university in 1951.

Visva-Bharati University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the small city of Bolpur (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants) founded in 1921,  West Bengal. This institution has branch campuses in the following locations: Sri Niketan, Kolkata. Thereafter, Officially recognized by the University Grants Commission of India, Visva-Bharati University (VB) is a large (uniRank enrolment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational Indian higher education institution.

Visva-Bharati University (VB) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e., certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, master degrees, as well as doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 98 years old Indian higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and also on students’ past academic records and grades.

The admission rate range is 10-20% and making this Indian higher education organization a most selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrolment. VB also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

Admissions in the Visva Bharti University in various courses at the undergraduate level are accepted And The undergraduate courses offered by the university are of 3 or 4 years of duration, depending on the particular course.

  • Categories of Degrees: UG, PG, and DOCTORAL
  • Topmost Courses: humanities and social sciences, Sciences, Music, dance & drama, as well as Yogic art & science and etc.
  • Fee Structure: 3690 per year.

Presidency University – Established in 1817

Presidency University Kolkata is an institute of higher education in College Street, Kolkata, West Bengal. In 1817, the institute was formerly known as ‘Hindoo College’ and in 1855,  and therefore it was called ‘Presidency College of Bengal’. UGC recognized Presidency University as Institute of Eminence. After functioning as a top constituent college of the University of Calcutta for about 193 years,  and it was accorded the status of Presidency University in 2010. Presidency University at Kolkata also offers courses in various departments such as Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Economics as well as Political Science and many more.

Presidency University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large metropolis of Kolkata (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), West Bengal. Officially recognized by the University Grants Commission of India, thereafter, Presidency University is a small (uniRank enrolment range: 2,000-2,999 students) coeducational Indian higher education institution. Presidency University also offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study.

Presidency University also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.

Admission at Presidency University Kolkata is based on entrance exams conducted by WBJEE like PUBDET for UG admission 2020 and PUMDET for PG admission 2020. And Ph.D. For Doctoral course admission, therefore, the Entrance Test is conducted within the university level. Students must have a bachelor’s degree for PG admissions and a master’s degree for research-level doctoral admission. Scoring a certain cut-off will seal the admissions to the various courses offered here.

Let’s talk about salary 13 LPA is the highest package salary to the candidates getting placed and while 5 LPA is the Average package salary.

Some of the recruiters visiting Presidency University Kolkata are HSBC, and Mindtree, Mu sigma, and PWC, Genpact, and Wipro, En Y, and  Citi, SBI, Orange tree, RBI, as well as NABARD, yes bank, and Deloitte.

  • Categories of Degrees: UG, PG, and  DOCTORAL
  • Topmost course : BA-LLB (hons)
  • Fee Structure: 2,10000 per year
  • Average Placement: INR 5 lakh per year

National Institute of Technology Durgapur – Established in 1960

National Institute of Technology, Durgapur (also known as NIT Durgapur), formerly known as National Institute of Technology Durgapur (also known as NIT Durgapur or NITDGP), is a public technical university in Durgapur, West Bengal, India. established in 1960,  and it is one of India’s oldest technical universities, situated on a 187-acre (0.75-km2) campus.

For its overall performance, NIT Durgapur has been ranked at 96th position by NIRF Rankings in the year 2020. It has been ranked at 47th position in top engineering colleges by NIRF Rankings 2020 for its academic curriculum excellence. And Its flagship program is B.Tech with CSE specialization.

The government of India recognizes NIT Durgapur as an Institute of National Importance under the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007. It is one of the institutions of the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) system. So, The university focuses exclusively on science, and technology, engineering, and management, and architecture.

National Institute of Technology, Durgapur is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Durgapur (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), West Bengal. Officially recognized by the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Human Resources Development of India, And the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur (NIT Durgapur) is a coeducational Indian higher education institution.

National Institute of Technology, Durgapur (NIT Durgapur) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. NIT Durgapur also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.

  • Categories of Degrees: UG, PG and DOCTORAL
  • Topmost Courses: Tech. , MCA, MSc, MBA, MTech and PhD
  • Fee Structure: 1,38975 per year
  • Average Placement: INR 9.09 LPA

Frequently Asked Questions About the Top Universities in WEST BENGAL

How many universities are there in West Bengal ?

There are 46 universities in West Bengal. The Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal manages the administration of colleges and universities in the state. The West Bengal State Council of Higher Education looks after the maintenance and improvement of academic and related administrative standards of the entire higher education system. Both these organizations also work in tandem to improve the status of higher education in the state. Their effort has started showing results, as per the data mentioned on the AISHE 2018-2019. The Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of West Bengal has increased during the last 5 years and has turned out to be 15.5%.

According to the data mentioned on the official website of UGC (University Grants Commission). The total number of central universities in West Bengal is 1 and The number of state universities in West Bengal is 27. The most popular universities of the state are Visva Bharati, Aliah University, Bankura University,   Calcutta University, and many more.

State-aided Universities:-21

State Specialised Universities:-06

Deemed University:-01

Central Universities and Institutes of Higher Learning:-08

Private Universities:-10

Total:-46

How many government universities are there in West Bengal?

West Bengal is known for India’s first modern university and 33 universities are listed under the University Grants Commission (India).

How many private universities are there in West Bengal?

There are 11 private universities in West Bengal.

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