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Education in West Bengal is provided by both the
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as well as the private sector. The modern education system was developed by the British missionaries and the Indian social reformists.
West Bengal West Bengal (, Bengali language, Bengali: ''Paschim Banga'' ) is a States and union territories of India, state in the eastern region of India along the Bay of Bengal. With over 91 million inhabitants, it is the List of states and union terri ...
has many institutes of higher education like –
University of Calcutta The University of Calcutta (informally known as Calcutta University or CU) is a collegiate public state research university located in Kolkata Kolkata ( or , ; also known as Calcutta , List of renamed Indian cities and states#West Beng ...
, Presidency University, Jadavpur University,
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta or IIM-C) is a Public school (government funded), public business school located in Joka, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was the first Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institute of Ma ...
,
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) is the totality of such groupings. Thi ...
, Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Kalyani, Indian Statistical Institute and Visva-Bharati University.


History

Kolkata has played a pioneering role in the development of the modern education system in India. Western models of education came to India through Kolkata. Many of the first schools and colleges were established by the missionaries and reformists. Sir William Jones (philologist) established the Asiatic Society in 1784 for promoting oriental studies. People like Ram Mohan Roy, David Hare (philanthropist), David Hare, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Shashi Bhusan Chatterjee, and William Carey (missionary), William Carey played a leading role in the setting up of modern schools and colleges in the city. The Fort William College was established in 1800. The Hindu College was established in 1817. In 1855 the Hindu College, Calcutta was renamed as the Presidency College, Kolkata, Presidency College. William Carey (missionary), William Carey established the Serampore College in Serampore City (30 km from Calcutta), 1818. It went on to become India's first modern university in 1827 when it was incorporated by a Royal Charter as a Danish University. Although it had the charter, it was not technically a university in the modern sense of that term. The Sanskrit College was established in 1824. Reverend Alexander Duff (missionary), Alexander Duff of the Church of Scotland established the General Assembly's Institution in 1830 and later the Free Church Institution in 1844, which were later merged to form what is now known as the Scottish Church College, Calcutta. These institutions played a significant role in what came to be known as the Young Bengal, Young Bengal Movement and the Bengal Renaissance. La Martiniere Calcutta was established in 1836. John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune, John Bethune established a school for Indian girls in 1850 at a time when women's education was frowned upon in the society. The Bethune College for girls was set up by him in 1879. The oldest medical school in Asia, the Calcutta Medical College was set up in 1835. In 1857, the
University of Calcutta The University of Calcutta (informally known as Calcutta University or CU) is a collegiate public state research university located in Kolkata Kolkata ( or , ; also known as Calcutta , List of renamed Indian cities and states#West Beng ...
was established as the first full-fledged multi-disciplinary university in south Asia. It was modelled on the lines of the University of London. Today it is amongst the largest multidisciplinary universities of India and offers some of the widest number of academic disciplines for study. In 1856 technical and engineering education came with the establishment of a civil engineering college / department. This setup went through various reorganisations to finally become the Bengal Engineering College in 1921. The Jesuit administered St Xavier's College was established in 1860. In 1906, the Partition of Bengal (1905), partition of Bengal led to widespread nationalistic and anti British feelings. This led to the setting up of the National Council of Education, Bengal. This later on became the Jadavpur University in 1955. The nation's first homeopathy college was established in the city in 1880. In 1883 Kadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu became the first women graduates from the
University of Calcutta The University of Calcutta (informally known as Calcutta University or CU) is a collegiate public state research university located in Kolkata Kolkata ( or , ; also known as Calcutta , List of renamed Indian cities and states#West Beng ...
. In the process, they became the first female graduates of the British Empire. Kadambini went on to become the first female physician trained in the Western system of medicine in South Asia. The Science College was established in 1917. The first blind school came into being in 1925. After independence, Calcutta continued to be in the forefront of the educational scene. The Government College of Art & Craft was established in 1951. The Rabindra Bharati University was established in 1962. This university offers courses in the fine and performing arts. The Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management was set up in 1953 as the country's first management institute and is also the first in the country to offer an MBA degree of a university. The first, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Technology was set up at Kharagpur about 120 km from Calcutta. In 1960 the Regional Engineering college (presently National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, National Institute of Technology) at Durgapur was set up. It is amongst the top NITs in India and also among the oldest.
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Calcutta or IIM-C) is a Public school (government funded), public business school located in Joka, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was the first Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institute of Ma ...
, the first among the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management, was set up in 1961 at Joka, Kolkata, Joka. It was the first national institute for post-graduate studies and research in management sciences. It was established with the help of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Ford Foundation.


Structure

West Bengal schools are run by the School Education Department, West Bengal government or by private organisations, including religious institutions. Instruction is mainly in English or Bengali, though Urdu is also used, especially in Central Kolkata. The secondary schools are affiliated with the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), the Central Board of Secondary Education, Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE), the National Institute of Open Schooling, National Institute of Open School (NIOS) or the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education. Under the 10+2+3 plan, after completing secondary school, students typically enroll for 2 years in a junior college, also known as pre-university, or in schools with a higher secondary facility affiliated with the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education or any central board. Students choose from one of three streams, namely liberal arts, commerce or science. Upon completing the required coursework, students may enrol in general or professional degree programs. South Point School, St. Xaviers Collegiate School, Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama High School etc. are some of the best schools of West Bengal.


Schools in West Bengal


Asansol

* Asansol Arunoday High School * Domohani Kelejora High School * Asansol Ramakrishna Mission High School * Kendriya Vidyalaya, Asansol * Loreto Convent, Asansol * St. Patrick's Higher Secondary School * St. Vincent's High and Technical School


Bankura

* Bankura Christian Collegiate School * Bankura Hindu High School * Bankura Zilla School * Barchatra Ramkanai Institution * Bijpur A B High School * Bishnupur High School (Bankura) * Indpur Goenka High School * Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Bankura * Jhantipahari High School * Madhuban Goenka Vidyalaya * Pallibharati Tilabani High School (H.S.) * Rajgram Vivekananda Hindu Vidyalaya * Saltora Dr.BC. Vidyapith *Shyampur High School


Darjeeling


Kolkata


Other locations


Government General Degree Colleges (GGDC)


General General Degree College, RanibandhKabi Jagadram Roy Govt. General Degree College
*Government General Degree College, Mangalkote *Government General Degree College, Kalna *Government General Degree College, Pedong *Government General Degree College, Gorubathan *Government General Degree College, Mohanpur *Government General Degree College, Kharagpur-II *Government General Degree College, Gopiballavpur-II
Government General Degree College, Keshiary
*Government General Degree College, Dantan-II *Shahid Matangini Hazra Government College for Women, Sahid Matangini Hazra Government College for Women
Muragachha GOVT CollegeGovernment General Degree College, KaliganjGovernment General Degree College, TehattaGovernment General Degree College, Chapra
*Government General Degree College, Manbazar II
Government General Degree College, HiliGovernment General Degree College, Kushmandi
*Sister Nibedita Government General Degree College for Girls *Nayagram Pandit Raghunath Murmu Government College
Government General Degree College, LalgarhGovernment General Degree College, Salboni
*Jhargram Raj College (Girls Wing), Jhargram Raj College (Girls' Wing) *Government General Degree College, Singur
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Govt. College, Newtown
*P. R. Thakur Government College *Banarhat Kartik Oraon Hindi Government College *Government Girls General Degree College, Ekbalpur *Lady Brabourne College, Lady Brabourne College – Kolkata *Acharya Brojendra Nath Seal College *Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Government College *Barasat Government College *Bethune College *Bidhannagar College *Chandernagore Government College *Durgapur Government College *Maulana Azad College *Darjeeling Government College *Goenka College of Commerce and Business Administration *Taki Government College *Hooghly Mohsin College *Haldia Government College *Jhargram Raj College *Krishnagar Government College *Government College of Art & Craft *The Sanskrit College and University, The Sanskrit College *Government General Degree College, Narayangarh


Major universities

Image:Presidency University - Kolkata 7369.JPG, 200px, The historic Presidency University at the College Street campus File:Jorasanko Thakur Bari.jpg, 200px, Jorasanko Thakur Bari where Rabindra Bharati University, a State university (India), state university established in 1962, is located, alt=refer to caption. In
West Bengal West Bengal (, Bengali language, Bengali: ''Paschim Banga'' ) is a States and union territories of India, state in the eastern region of India along the Bay of Bengal. With over 91 million inhabitants, it is the List of states and union terri ...
there is one central university, twenty seven state universities, eleven private universities and two deemed university. Besides, there are three Regional Centres of IGNOU at Siliguri, Kolkata and Raghunathganj and one Sub - Regional Centre of IGNOU at Darjeeling.


State universities


Central University


Centrally Funded Technical Institutes & Other institution Campuses

* Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering & Technology, Maldahttps://turing.iitpkd.ac.in/web/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/CFTI.pdf * National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research, Kolkata * National Power Training Institute Durgapur Campus * Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, IIFT, Kolkata Campus * Marine Engineering and Research Institute * Footwear Design and Development Institute Kolkata Campus


Institute of National Importance


Deemed universities


Private universities


Research Institutes


Medical Colleges

* National Institute of Homoeopathy


See also

* List of universities in India#West Bengal * Kolkata


References

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List of All Government ITI Colleges in West Bengal
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