University of Calcutta - [CU], Kolkata

University of Calcutta - [CU], Kolkata

Facts & Figures, Rankings, Affiliated Colleges & more

Facts & Figures, Rankings, History & more

University Of Calcutta

The University of Calcutta, also known as Calcutta University. It is abbreviated as CU. It was established on 24 January 1857 as a collegiate public state research university located in Kolkata, West Bengal.

The first multidisciplinary and Western-style institution in Asia is recognized as a “Five Star University” and accredited an “A” grade by NAAC. University Grants Commission has awarded the University with the status of ‘Centre with Potential for Excellence in Particular Area’ and ‘University with Potential for Excellence

Facts & Figures

  • Motto – Advancement of Learning
  • Type – public research University
  • Established – 24 January 1857
  • Academic affiliations – UGC, NAAC, AIU  ACU
  • Budget – Rs. 413 crore
  • Chancellor – Jagdeep Dhankhar
  • Vice-chancellor – Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee
  • Address – 87/1, College Street, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700073, India
  • Website –


Rank Year Ranked for Ranked by
601-700 2020 World ARWU
2-4 2020 National/Regional ARWU
601-700 2019 World ARWU
3-4 2019 National/Regional ARWU
6 2020 Top 75 Universities In India Outlook
2 2020 Top 70 Public State Universities Outlook
801-1000 2019 World QS
801-1000 2020 World QS
801-1000 2021 World QS
301-500 2019 Graduate QS
301-500 2020 Graduate QS
134 2019 Asia QS
139 2020 Asia QS
154 2021 Asia QS
11 2019 India QS
11 2020 India QS
1001+ 2021 World The Week
31 2020 India US
1221 2020 Global US
12 2019 India NIRF
5 2019 India NIRF
11 2020 India NIRF



Dr. Fredrick Joh, the education secretary to the British Government in India, was the first who proposed to establish a University of Calcutta, along the lines of London University. In July 1854, the East India Company sent a Wood’s Despatch, to the Governor-General of India in Council to establish universities in Calcutta, Madras, and Bombay.

It came into working on 24 January 1857, also a 41-member senate was created as a policy-making body for the university.


The democratic structure of the university was ensured by the University of Calcutta Act of 1951, a replacement to the earlier in 1904. Twenty-seven colleges from East Bengal were affiliated with the University before Partition. It received a grant of Rs. 1 crore from the UGC for the construction of the Centenary Building. Finally, the Centenary Building opened on the former location of the Senate House.


There is a total of 14 campuses of Calcutta University spread over the city of Kolkata and its suburbs, at present.  The Campus, which is education premises, is referred to as Shiksha Prangan. Major campuses are:

  • Central campus(Ashutosh Shiksha Prangan) on college street,
  • Rashbehari Shiksha Prangan in Rajbazar,
  • Taraknath Palit Shiksha Prangan in Ballygunge,
  • Said Khudiram Shiksha Prangan in Alipore.

Others are as follows:

  • Hazra Road Campus,
  • The University Press,
  • Book Depot,
  • The B.T. Road Campus,
  • The University Health Service.
  • The Haringhata Campus,
  • The Dhakuria Lakes,
  • The University Ground,
  • Tent at Maidan,
  • Technology Campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the rank of the University of Calcutta in the world?

Ans. 801-1000

Who founded the University of Calcutta?

Ans. East India Company

What are the courses offered at Calcutta University?

Ans. Undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctorate courses in Arts, Commerce, and Science.

Affiliated Colleges List

College name
City College
Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management
Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose College
Vivekanand College For Women
Victoria Institute
Prafulla Chandra College
Basirhat College
Goenka College Of Commerce & Business Administration
South Calcutta Girls’ College
Ramkrishna Mission Residential College
Bangabasi College
Ramkrishna Mission Vidyamandir
Barasat College
Rama Krishna Mission Seva Pratishthan Vivekanand Institute
Bidhannagar College
Maharani Kasiswari College
Surendranath College
Acharya Girish Chandra Bose College
Raja Pearymohan College
Govt College Of Arts & Craft
Maharaja Manindra Chandra College
Institute Of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research
Vidyasagar Metropolitan College
Azad Hind Four Smriti Mahavidyalaya
Kishore Bharati Bhagini Nivedita College (Co-Ed )
Gandhi Centenary B T College
Seth Anandaram Jaipuria College
Calcutta Girls College
Bhangar Mahavidyalaya
Gangadharpur Mahavidyalaya
Panihati Mahavidyalaya
Shirakole Mahavidyalaya
Sunderban Mahavidyalaya
New Alipore College
Jogmaya Devi College
Bhowanipur Education Society College
Calcutta National Medical College
Bangabasi Morning College
Puras – Kanpur Haridas Nandi Mahavidyalaya
Charu Chandra College
Sivanath Sastri College
P N Das College
Narasinha Dutta College
Government Girls’ General Degree College
Dum Dum Motijeel College
Sree Chaitanya College
Vidyasagar College
Al-Ameen Memorial Minority College
Gobardanga Hindu College
Budge Budge College
Of Medical Science
Behalal College Of Commerce
Kultali Dr B R Ambedkar College
City College Of Commerce & Business Administration
Gurudas College
Baruipur College
Behala College
Magrahat College
Fakir Chand College
South Calcutta Law College
Serampore College
R G Kar Medical College
K K Das College
Prabhu Jagatbandhu College
Sagar Mahavidyalaya
Taki Government College
St Paul’S C M College
Heramba Chandra College
Dinabandhu Institute
Post G Training College For Physical Education
Vidyasagar Mahavidyalaya
Deshbandhu College For Girls
Nandlal Ghosh B T College
Kalinagar Mahavidyalaya
Nababallygunge Mahavidyalaya
Sammilani Mahavidyalaya
Sonarpur Mahavidyalaya
Jaypur Panchanan Roy College
Basanti Devi College
Calcutta Girls B T College
Vijaygarh Jyotish Ray College
Sovarani Memorial College
Gangadharpur Shikshan Mandir
Dhruba Chandra Halder College
Seth Seorajmal Jalan Girls’ College
Sir Gurudas Mahavidyalaya
Bankim Sardar College
Nilratan Circar Medical College
Muralidhar Girls College
Sunderban Hazi Desarat College
Bagnan College
Institute Of Education For Women
Sushil Kar College
Ramkrishna Mission Shiksha Mandir
Dr Kanailal Bhattacharyya College
Maharaja Srischandra College
Sister Nibedita Government General Degree College For Girls
Kudiram Bose Central College
Institute Of Post Graduate Ayurvedic Education And Research
Saheed Nurul Islam Mahavidyalaya
Sree Chaitanya Mahavidyalaya
Bengal Music College
Vidyasagar College For Women
Sarojini Naidu College For Women
Dinabandhu Mahavidyalaya
Mahadevanand Mahavidyalaya
State Institute Of Physical Education For Women
All Bengal Teachers’ Training College
Sammilani Teachers’ Training College
East Calcutta Girls’ College
Sri Sikshayatan College
Rani Birla Girls College
Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis Mahavidyalaya
Serampore Girls’ College
Surendranath College For Women
Swami Niswambalananda Girls College
Surendranath Law College
Netaji Nagar College (Evening)
Lal Baba College
Anandamohan College
Ashutosh College
Bethune College
Chittranjan College
Kidderpore College
Loreto College
Maheshtala College
Raidighi College
Rammohan College
Ramsaday College
Sarsuna College
Uluberia College
Umeschandra College
David Hare Training College
Bankura Sammilani Medical College
Netaji Nagar College For Women
Rishi Bankim Chandra College For Women
Lady Brabourne College
Mahitosh Nandy Mahavidyalaya
Hiralal Mazumdar Memorial College For Women
Rishi Bankim Chandra College
Bangabasi Evening College
Dinbandhu Andrew’S College
Hrimohan Ghosh College
Nabagram Hiralal Paul College
Dum Dum Motijheel Rabindra Mahavidyalaya
Gopal Chandra Memorial College Of Education
Scottish Church College
Jibantala Rokeya Mahavidyalaya
Syampur Siddheswari Mahavidyalaya
Udaynarayanpur Madhabilata Mahavidyalaya
Naba Barrackpur Prafulla Chandra Mahavidyalaya
Surendernath Evening College
Dr R Ahmed Dental College And Hospital
Sadhan Chandra Mahavidyalaya
Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College
Vidyanagar College
Netaji Nagar Day College
Gourmohan Sanchin Mandal Mahavidyalaya
Chandraketugarh Sahidullah Smriti Mahavidyalaya
Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri College
Rishi Bankim Chandra Evening College
Bijoy Krishna Girls College
Syamprasad College (Evening)
Jogesh Chandra Ghaudhuri Law College
Kolkata Police Law Institute
Nahata Jogendra Nath Mandal Smriti Mahavidyalya
Ramakrishna Mission Residential College
Ramakrishna Mission Sikshanamandira (A Residential College Of Teacher Education)
Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandir
St. Xavier College Park Street
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