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Jadavpur University, Kolkata: All you need to know

Jadavpur University is a government science and research university in Jadavpur, Kolkata, West Bengal. It is one of the top universities in the country bagging 5th position in NIRF 2020 rankings. It has also been ranked 75th in Times Higher Education in BRICS with a QS World Ranking range of 651 to 700. Jadavpur university has 3 institutions affiliated with it, 36 departments that offer more than 130 courses at UG, PG and Doctoral levels. 

The 58-acre campus has a Jagdish Chandra Bose Centre for Advanced Technology established by DRDO. The campus has acquired the erstwhile National Instruments Limited (CSIR), becoming the first Indian university to acquire such a research unit.

The university has a Photography Club, Music Club, Quiz Forum and Debating Society, Film Society, Drama Club, Art and Literature Club, Mountaineering and Hiking Club, Painting Club, Science Club, Chess Club, Environment Groups and a Karate Club. It also has a Quality Assurance Cell, Equal Opportunity Cell and Entrepreneurship Dev. Cell. The University Health Centre is located on the campus with Specialities in Medicine, Eye, E.N.T, Skin, Dental and Pathology. The university provides good quality sports facilities ranging from Swimming, Chess, Rowing, Tennis, Diving, Basketball, Cricket, Football to Athletics.

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The University is happy with its library system, which contains the Central Library, Salt Lake field Library, thirty-six division Libraries below the college of Arts, Science, Engineering and Technology, and concerning twenty-three Libraries hooked up with the faculties and Centres for studies below the college of knowledge domain Studies Law and Management. The Central Library of Jadavpur University is one among the central facilities utilized by all sorts of members of this University and conjointly by the students of alternative establishments.

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The faculty of Arts consists of Bengali, English, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Library and Information Science, Philosophy, Physical Education, Sanskrit, and Sociology departments. The faculty of Science has Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geological Sciences, Geography, Life Sciences and Biotechnology, and Instrumentation Science Department. The faculty of Engineering consists of department of Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering, Food Technology & Biochemical Engineering, Information Technology, Instrumentation & Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Pharmaceutical Technology, Power Engineering, Printing Engineering, and Production Engineering. 

The university offers Bachelors of Arts in Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Economics, History, Philosophy, and Comparative Literature. It offers Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Library and Information Science, Bachelor of Physical Education. 

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It also offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geography and Geological Sciences. Courses like Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Tele- Communication Engineering, Information Technology, Instrumentation and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Power Engineering, Printing Engineering and Production Engineering; Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmacy and Ayurveda; Bachelor of Technology in Food Technology and Biochemical Engineering, Instrumentation and Electronics Engineering.

Admission for BE, B.Tech and B. Pharma courses are done on the basis of the WBJEE scores of a candidate. For, B.Arch programme, NATA scores are analysed and for basic sciences and arts courses, candidates are admitted on the basis of their 12th marks.

The first-year fees for B.Tech, B.Pharm, B.Sc. and BA courses is 2400 INR. Total fees for B.Arch is 12,000 and for B.Ed. is 15,260.

In masters courses, the university offers Masters of Philosophy in Bengali, Sanskrit, Economics, English, History, International Relations, Social Sciences, Sociology, Women Studies, Comparative Literature, Library and Information Science. Under the discipline of Science, Masters of Science in Applied Geology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Electronics Science, Mathematics, Physics and Instrumentation are available. 

Masters of Engineering (M.E) in Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Tele-Communication Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Power Engineering, Production Engineering, Software Engineering, Illumination Engineering, and many more are available. 

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Masters of Philosophy in Cognitive Science and Oceanography and Coastal Management are also available to candidates. 

Admission for MA and MSc courses are entrance based conducted by the university itself, while for admission in ME and MTech courses, the candidate will be analysed on his/her GATE scores.

The first-year fees in Master courses range from INR 2100 to INR 4800.

Talking about the Doctoral courses available to the candidates by the university, it offers Doctors of Philosophy in Arts with specialisation in Bengali, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Library and Information Science, Philosophy, Physical Education, Sanskrit and Sociology; Doctors of Philosophy in Science in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geography, Geological Sciences, Instrumentation Science and Life Science and Biotechnology.


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Admission to PhD courses is offered by the university only on the basis of a written test and interview. 

The placement statistics of the university can definitely compete with any reputed NIT or IIT with more than 84% of students being placed in 2020. The highest package was 58 lakhs per annum with an average package of 19.96 lakhs per annum. 

The university provides you with the best opportunities in research as well as best placement offers. It must be on your list if IIT is not your thing as this is not less than IIT.

By: Inder Chawla

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