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Presidency University, Kolkata, West Bengal


Presidency University, Kolkata, West Bengal
Address:86/1, College Street
Kolkata (District Kolkata)
West Bengal, India
Pin Code : 700073

Presidency University, Kolkata West Bengal is a University recognised by UGC. Presidency University, Kolkata West Bengal is also known as earlier Presidency College.
Presidency University is situated in Kolkata of West Bengal state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Kolkata comes under Kolkata (Calcutta) Tehsil, Kolkata District.

Contact Person(s) of the Presidency University, Kolkata West Bengal is (are): Kalyan Das, Asst Professor in English.

email ID(s) is Presidency University Kolkata West Bengal

Contact Details of Presidency University, Kolkata West Bengal are : Telephone: 2241 1960/2738/3893


Presidency University, Kolkata West Bengal runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
B.A Bengali(G+H), English(G+H), Hindi(G+H), Urdu(G), Sanskrit(G+H), Philosophy(G+H), Arabic(G+H), Persian(G+H), Pali(G+H), Mathematics(G+H), History(G+H), Geography(G+H), Pol. Science(G+H), Sociology(G+H)

B.Sc Physics(G+H), Mathematics(G+H), Economics(G+H), Chemistry(G+H), Physiology(G+H), Botany(G+H), Statistics(G+H), Geography(G+H), Zoology(G+H), Molecular Biology(G), Computer Science(G+H), Microbiology(G+H)

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About Us
Presidency University, Kolkata (earlier Hindu College and Presidency College) is a unitary, state aided university, located in Kolkata, West Bengal and one of the premier institutes of learning of liberal arts and sciences in India. In 2002 it was ranked number one by the weekly news magazine India Today. In 2010, the year the college was upgraded to university status, it was ranked 3rd in India.

Established in 1817, it is the oldest educational institution in India. It was founded by Raja Ram Mohan Roy, and a number of other eminent personalities of Bengal, such as Raja Radhakanta Deb, Maharaja Tejchandra Ray of Burdwan, David Hare, Justice Sir Edward Hyde East, Prasanna Coomar Tagore and Babu Buddinath Mukherjee[citation needed].

Initially established as the Mahapathshala wing of Hindu College, it was renamed Presidency College, i.e. the college of the Bengal Presidency, in 1855. In 2010, under the Chief Ministership of Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, a former student of the college, it was upgraded to the status of a full university by the Presidency University Act, 2010 passed in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. The Governor of West Bengal, Shri M.K. Narayanan, gave his consent to the bill on 7 July 2010. The longest serving Principal of Presidency College was J. Sutcliff, who was its Principal intermittently for 20 years, from 1852-1875. He was the Principal of the college when the college was renamed in 1855 and the new building at 86/1, College Street was built a few years later. The first Indian (acting) Principal of the college was Prasanna Kumar Ray (1902; 1903 and 1905–1906) and the first Indian (full-time) Principal of the college was B.M.Sen (1931-1934 (acting) and 1934–1942).

Prof. Amita Chatterjee took over as the first vice chancellor of the newly formed university in 2010. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as Ph.D. degrees in the natural sciences, humanities and the social sciences. The first batch of undergraduate students under the new university was admitted in 2011.


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NAAC report of Presidency College

The Presidency College, Kolkata, is a Constituent College, affiliated to the University of Calcutta. This multifaculty College, spread over 14.5 acres of land is located in a magnificent heritage building in the heart of the city-adjacent to the University of Calcutta. Historically the college has its roots in the 'Hindoo College' established in 1817 which was rechristened as 'Presidency College of Bengal' in 1855, once the Government took over the College. Since the College was established well before the inception of the UGC, recognition under Section 2(f) was given to it since inception of the UGC Act in 1956. Subsequently UGC also gave its recognition under 12(B) of the UGC Act in 1972

The mission of this College, as the founding fathers visualised in the early years of the nineteenth century was to impart modern instructions and to inculcate secular, scientific spirit among Indian students.

Teaching and learning methods followed in this College try to impart in-depth spirit of inquiry and to instill in the young, developing minds the radical spirit of not accepting any idea without rationale-a tradition valued and emphasized by H.L.V. Derozio, the pioneering spirit behind the Bengal Renaissance, when he was a teacher of this college during the mid nineteenth century. The excellence in instruction methods in Presidency College has been proved time and again through the valuable contributions made by its very illustrious alumni and teachers that include Nobel Laureates, Fellows of the Royal Societies, Fellows of National Academies, Statesmen, Litterateurs of repute and great teachers.

The Presidency College, Kolkata volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore and accordingly submitted its Self Study Report in November 2005. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council constituted a Peer Team to visit the College and validate the Self Study Report. The Peer Team comprising of Prof. S. P. Thyagarajan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras, as Chairman, Prof. R. Krishnakumar, Director, Board of College and University Development, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, as Member Co-ordinator, and Prof. Nishi Pandey, Director, UGC Academic Staff College, University of Lucknow as Member, visited the institution on 6th, 7th and 8th February, 2006. Dr. M. S. Shyamasundar Deputy Advisor NAAC as Co-coordinating Officer facilitated the Peer Team visit.

Presidency College, when it started on its journey, framed its own curricula in the different branches of Science and humanities. The University of Calcutta was established long after the inception of the College and since then it has been given the status of an affiliated Constituent College following the curricula of the University, at the under graduate level of studies. The University has granted academic autonomy for the Post graduate courses in 2004. The Institution has had a phenomenal growth over the past 189 years and now offers in all 38 programmes including 17 Under graduate courses, 18 Post graduate programmes in the Faculties of Arts and Science and Ph.Ds and Post Doctoral programmes in respective disciplines.

Teachers are recruited through the West Bengal Public Service Commission. As government employees, the services of faculty members are transferable. Part-time teachers are selected at the College level as per norms laid down by the Director of Public Instruction, West Bengal. Eminent teachers are invited as visiting faculty regularly. There are in all 136 permanent teachers, of whom 97 hold Ph.D. Degree and 7 hold M.Phil. Degree, 32 teachers possess P.G. degree. There are 37 Part-time teachers, of whom 24 hold Ph.D. degree. There are 45 guest teachers 39 technical & 112 administrative staff in the College. The total number of students enrolled for undergraduate courses during the academic session 2005-06 is 1541 while 679 students are admitted for post-graduate programmes. 66 students joined Ph.D. programmes, 48 students were admitted in partially self financing courses.

The success rate of students in the university exams is almost cent percent with a large number securing university ranks during the last two academic sessions. About 40% of the successful candidates obtain first division in the final exam. The College had surplus budget during the session 2003-2004 & 2004-2005 respectively. During the last three years, the college received a sum of Rs.4, 68, 07,035 as financial assistance from UGC, DST, CSIR & other funding agencies as Developmental & Research Grants including six DST-FIST departments.

The College generated Rs.47, 19,734/- from other sources during the said period. The unit cost of education including the salary component is Rs. 29,559.00 while it is Rs.4, 066.00 excluding the salary component for the year 2004-05. The College follows annual system of examination.

The College has a Central Library, other Subject Libraries and Departmental Seminar Libraries, Computer Centre, two Hostels, Canteen, Telephone & Xeroxing facilities and Sports facilities. The College has established a Grievance Redressal Cell for the students. The College has an Auditorium with a capacity of 1200, a Seminar Hall, one bus for the girls' hostel and a minibus for the Geology Department. The College has developed its own website. 176 students of the institution have cleared the U.G.C.-CSIR NET examination while 47 students passed U.G.C. SLET examination in the last five years. 109 students passed GATE examination, 4 students were successful in Indian Civil Services Examination, 98 students cleared GRE examination, 98 students passed TOEFL examination, 4 students passed GMAT examination & 15 students passed CAT examination during the said period. 11 students received Jagdish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholarship, 10 students were the beneficiaries of Kishore Vayignanik Protsahan Yojona (KVPY) (IISc., DST), 1 student was awarded Nehru Cambridge Fellowship, 1 student received Young Scientist Award during Indian Science Congress, 1 student received Young Economist Award. 43 qualified research scholars & 23 part-time scholars are pursuing research activity in the College.

Out of 259 working days in the College, 184 days are devoted for teaching activity. The total number of books in the library is 3,48,197. The College library subscribes to 13 National and 22 International journals. There are in all 172 Computer Systems in the College. 42 Research Projects with an outlay of Rs. 1,20,00,000/- have been completed by the faculty members of the institution in the last three years. Prof. H.N. Bhattacharya of the Department of Geology was awarded the 'National Mineral Award-2004'. Seventeen teachers have attended International Seminars. Thirty Faculty members served as Resource Persons in various National Seminars. The College has presently sixty six ongoing research projects in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities with a total outlay of Rs.2.97 crores. The College has established research linkages with a number of national/international institutions. The College has three international collaborative research projects in the fields of Science & Technology namely Indo-South African collaborative research project funded by DST, India and NRF, South Africa; Indo-Australian Collaboration and Indo-American collaborative research project funded by DST, India and NSF, United States. The College has generated a sum of Rs. 17, 31,000/- through donations & self financing courses during the last financial year. The College has been selected by the Ford Foundation for the award of FAEA (Foundation for Academic Excellence & Access) programme for five years and has been identified by UGC as a College with potential for Excellence.

The Peer Team carefully studied and analysed the Self Study Report submitted by the College. During the institutional visit, the Team went through all the relevant documents, visited the Departments and the facilities and interacted with the various constituents of the institution.

The academic, co-curricular, extra curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were examined. The Peer Team interacted with the Governing Body, Principal, Faculty, Staff Members, parents and Alumni of the College. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team assessed the institution for the quality of education offered there. The assessment of the institution, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern are presented in the following pages.

CRITERION I: Curricular Aspects:
The College offers 38 programmes, including 17 at the undergraduate level. The Calcutta University has granted academic autonomy for eleven postgraduate courses from the current academic session and in 7 Post graduate disciplines the College gives admission to its students for University courses. A large number of students have secured employment on completion of their course. The College offers honors programmes in core options. The syllabai for undergraduate programmes is prepared by the Calcutta University but the College has the freedom to frame syllabai for the eleven autonomous post-graduate programmes. Four courses namely M.Sc. in Applied Economics, M.A. in Hindi, M.Sc. Environmental System Management and M.Sc. Molecular Biology and Genetics were introduced in the last three years. The College presently follows the curricula of Calcutta University. It imparts value based education to the students & prepares them to be good researchers & professionals. The College provides opportunity for the students to interact with eminent scholars through Seminars & Workshops, organized frequently under the auspices of the established societies in the college - which have a long tradition and history.

Peers from University of Calcutta review the teaching programme in the college; more so for the postgraduate & autonomous courses. Peers from funding agencies like DST & UGC regularly evaluate the performance of departments which has received financial assistance under FIST & SAP Schemes. The UGC has identified the institution as College with potential for Excellence. Institutions of Higher Learning in India and abroad have appreciated the performance of the students of Presidency College. The industry-academic interactions have facilitated to redesign of the P.G. curricula.

Generally two years time is required for introduction of a new programme. The College has developed healthy relationship with neighboring industries. Teachers impart academic counselling to different industries. Research programmes are also carried out on varied subjects for the benefit of industries by the faculty members and research scholars of various departments. The College has introduced modular curricula for the post-graduate courses. The College has taken initiatives to introduce multi-disciplinary approach in post-graduate education and has introduced courses like Environmental System Management and Molecular Biology and Genetics. The College has also started postgraduate course in 'Applied Economics' and is the only institution in Calcutta University to introduce this programme. The College has also framed new syllabi for eleven post-graduate courses from the last academic session.

The faculty members of the College by virtue of being members of the Board of Studies have made significant contribution for the re-designing of syllabi for various under-graduate courses. Further faculty members, elected on the university Senate & the Syndicate, have played a major role in the respective areas. Three faculty members have been nominated on the Ph.D. committee of Calcutta University. Faculty members have been co-opted as Experts and Resource Persons by the West Bengal State Council of Higher Education for framing the model curricula in different subjects. Some of the staff members also serve other universities and institutes of higher learning as members of their Board of Studies. The College proposes to introduce post-graduate courses in English, History and Bengali, besides B.Sc. courses in Microbiology and Computer Science in future.

There is a well managed system for active academic interaction between the teachers and taught. In order to redress the academic grievances of the students in their subjects a number of mechanisms like tutorials, remedial classes, extra classes, special tutoring is done. The students are being given ample opportunity, encouragement and inspiration to present their studies on various topics through various projects and well organized student seminars. There is also a practice of publishing the papers of the students in many departments. A number of innovations in teaching methodology are adopted by the teachers. Science students are engaged in designing simple experiments, field studies and simulation exercises while drama/theatre and film making is used as a tool for effective classroom teaching by members of the Arts faculty.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning & Evaluation:
Students are selected for admission to various courses on the basis of Departmental admission tests and also on the basis of their performance in qualifying examinations. However students for postgraduate courses are selected on the basis of their academic records and personal interview. Reservation of seats is adhered to as per the existing Government norms. The academic progress of students is monitored through class tests, tutorial class and through personal interaction.

Tutorial Classes are held regularly under the aegis of the Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences. Special emphasis is laid for training students in Geology and English at the entry level. Special courses to improve speaking and writing skills in English, personality development, computer training and special training for competitive examinations for the students belonging to weaker sections are conducted with the assistance of FAEA Programme of the Ford Foundation.

The College has an exhaustive and well-equipped library, which is put to optimum use by the faculty and students of the College. There is a long standing tradition of Students' Seminars & Workshops which are held at regular intervals. Students also get an opportunity to interact with subject experts from India and abroad who are invited to deliver lectures on specialized subjects from time to time. Few students are also selected to undertake research projects in reputed research institutions like Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata etc. Students wholeheartedly participate in seminars and deliver lectures on different subjects in the presence of faculty members. They also contribute articles for departmental journals and wall magazines. The College prepares its Academic Calendar at the beginning of the academic session. Teachers prepare their teaching plans well in advance. These plans are circulated among the students. Students are encouraged for creative writing. They are provided Internet and Computer facilities. Educational tours are conducted regularly for the benefit of the students. The total number of teaching days in the academic session is 184. The ratio of full time teachers to part time teachers is 3.5:1 and the ratio of teaching staff to non-teaching staff is 0.9:1.

Evaluation methods adopted by the institution is communicated to the students through the Academic Calendar of the College and is also highlighted during the welcome address by the Principal and Heads of the departments at the beginning of academic session. Guardians are encouraged to participate in special meetings with teachers and are kept abreast with the academic progress of their wards. Faculty members are recruited through the West Bengal Public Service Commission as per norms prescribed by the University Grants Commission and Government of West Bengal. Six new faculty members on fresh recruitment have joined the College during the last two years in addition to the teachers who have joined on transfer. Twenty two faculty members were transferred from other government Colleges during the last two years. Seventeen teachers participated in International Conferences and fifty nine in National level conferences during the last two years.

Every year teachers submit their self-appraisal report as prescribed by the Higher Education Department of the Government of West Bengal at the end of each month. Teachers also submit an Annual Progress Report in addition to the reports on research work carried out during the session. Student's evaluation of teachers has evoked good response. Students feed back on various issues concerning the college is obtained in a prescribed format. Regular interaction between students, teachers and Principal has facilitated smooth functioning. The College has brought in infrastructural development on the basis of the feedback from the students obtained from time to time. Teachers hold seminars and workshops regularly. Teachers are encouraged to participate in Refresher Courses. Five of the faculty members are recipients of prestigious awards.

The College has constituted eleven staff committees to assist the administration in various aspects. The College presently has six collaborative research projects at the international level. The College has been granted the status of 'College with Potential for Excellence' by the University Grants Commission. Six of the postgraduate departments of the College have received assistance under the FIST Scheme of the Department of Science & Technology. 70% of the teaching staff members are Ph.D. degree holders. 63 students were the university rank holders during the last two years. A number of students have received recognition at various levels in academics in India and abroad.

CRITERION III: Research, Consultancy & Extension:
The College promotes Quality Research in various fields. A majority of the teachers possess a Ph.D. degree and are pursuing Research work. Teachers are given study leave and Post-Graduate students are motivated to participate in research activities. 700 Articles, 90 abstracts and 90 Books have been published by the faculty members during the last five years. 20% of the teachers are supervising research scholars as the college is a recognized centre for Ph.D. of Calcutta University. 63 Research Projects with an outlay of Rs.2.97 crores are presently in progress. 6 departments of the College have been given the Financial Assistance under the FIST Programme of the Department of Science and Technology. There are 66 Ph.D. scholars, (43 full time and 23 part time research scholars) in the College. There are three international collaborative programmes and the College has a centre for Advanced Study in Economics. This College is a recognized centre for Ph.D of Calcutta University. About 70% of the teaching faculties publish research articles regularly, and 20% of the teachers guide Ph.D. scholars. There are 43 full time and 23 part-time research scholars. Being a government College, it at present encourages only non-remunerative consultancy and interactive exchange with industry. The College promotes its potential in the field of industrial research through industry-academia meets, seminars and workshops. The Chemistry department has filed one Indian application for patent and the Botany department has established linkage for a Bio-diesel production project with a Bio-tech industry based in Kolkata.

The College provides good opportunity for extra curricular activities and has given additional charge for carrying out co-curricular activities to a teacher. The NSS wing of the College, though new, is enthusiastic and motivated. They actively undertake Social Service projects including Health and hygiene awareness, Medical camp, Blood donation camp and Dengue/Aids/HIV awareness programmes. In addition, the College arranges Science awareness camp, Sociological awareness programme & Cultural-ethnic diversity exchange programmes. The College also encourages the students to participate in other extension programmes with the help of NGO's.

CRITERION IV: Infrastructure & Learning Resources:
The main College campus is spread over 14.5 acres of land. The Boys Hostel and the Girls Hostel is located in a campus measuring 2 acres and 0.3 acres respectively. The main building of the College, which is a heritage building houses the office, the departments, common rooms, arts library, conference hall, grievance redressal cell etc. The Baker wing of the College accommodates the major science laboratories, while a few departments, the main auditorium and the science library are housed in the Derozio building of the College. The departments of Bengali, Political Science, Sociology and Hindi operate from the Netaji Subhash building. The College has a Central library, Canteen, Gymnasium, Badminton Court, Football and Cricket Ground and a plant collection garden. The Infrastructure of the College is maintained regularly by the Public Works department of the State Government. The University Grants Commission, The Government of West Bengal and the Department of Science and Technology have played a major role in the overall development of the Institution. The College infrastructure is utilized for conducting various competitive examinations. The College auditorium is utilized to host various intra and inter collegiate events. Hostel facility is extended to students of other Government Colleges also.

The Research facilities of various departments are extended to researchers from other institutions. The Nature Club of the College, the Municipal Corporation and the NSS volunteers assist the administration to keep the campus beautiful. The College has established a Library Advisory Committee. The total number of books in the Central Library is 3, 48,197. The College purchased 1540 books during the last academic session besides subscribing for 35 journals / periodicals, in addition 16 complimentary journals are received by the Library. The Library has a valuable collection of rare books and manuscripts collected over the years and preserved. Reprographic and computer facility is provided in the library. The UGC Network Resource Center is housed in the central library and is used for conducting computer literacy progrmmes. All the departments of the College have their own computer laboratories. The College has recently been granted the status of College with Potential for Excellence. There are around 172 computer systems, 5 servers, 69 printers and 12 scanners in the College. The College has installed satellite interactive terminal and started utilizing EDUSAT facility provided by UGC. The members of the faculty and staff are covered by the State Government Health Facility.

The College has a football and cricket ground, a gymnasium, basketball ground, facility for indoor games like table tennis, badminton, carom and chess. Separate Common Rooms for Boys and Girls are available with good Canteen facilities. Suitable incentives are given to the sports achievers. Students of the College have participated in rowing competition at the State and National Levels and have won silver, gold and bronze medals. 15% of the students reside in the College Hostel. The Boys Hostel of the College has a capacity to accommodate 272 students and has 2 libraries. The Girls Hostel can accommodate 92 students and is well equipped. The College has a Heritage Geology museum, an experimental botanical garden, campus networking (WAN) and an internet center. The College has LCD and other necessary audio visual teaching aids in a majority of Departments which are utilized as and when required by the faculty, students and staff.

CRITERION V: Student Support & Progression:
The drop out rate of the students at the UG and PG levels is about 2.5% and 5.5% respectively. About 34% of the PG students pursue research work. The College has a glorious past. Some of the prominent alumni are Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Mr. Somnath Chatterjee, Prof Amartya Sen, Shri Satyajit Ray, Shri SS Ray, Shri Jyoti Basu, Shri Buddadeb Bhattacharya etc. A total number of 176 students have passed the NET examination, 47 in SLET examination, 110 students in the GATE examination, 98 each in GRE and TOEFL, 4 students each in civil services examination in GMAT during the last 5 years. The student representatives suggest ways and means for improvements within the campus. A well designed College prospectus provides information on the courses offered, schedule for admission, eligibility criteria, evaluation methods, fee structure etc. The College offers financial assistance by way of National Scholarship, Endowment fund, Poor students fund, etc. A total of 256 students received Scholarship during the last academic session. The Placement cell of the College arranges campus interviews at frequent intervals.

The Alumni Association of the College was established in 1951. It has supported the curricular and extra-curricular activities of the college. The Association has instituted over 150 merit awards, besides creating an endowment fund of Rs. 1.0 lac for the debate competition. Financial assistance of Rs. 4 crores has been recently given by Shri Bimal Jalan MP(RS) from the MPLADS funds for Implementation of e-campus facility in the College. The Alumni Association organizes Founder's Day, Cricket Match, Seminars and cultural programmes. many public sector and private organizations participate in Campus recruitment programmes. The Cultural Forum of the College organizes inter-College cultural programmes. The College Choir promotes the culture and practice of performing arts and maintains excellent standards. Students are encouraged to exhibit their literary talents, participate in debates, Quiz, Drama and the Youth Parliament. They are also encouraged to mount exhibitions and make small films from time to time.

CRITERION VI: Organization and Management:
The Teachers Council assists the Principal in discharging her duties and in implementing various academic, cultural and administrative programmes. The Bursar, is a teacher working on an honorary basis and controls the non-Government funds of the Institution. The Officers and the Non-teaching staff of the Administration have meticulously maintained the records and have started computerization of records. A number of Staff committees have been constituted in the College.

The Grievance Redressal Cell of the College addresses problems of staff and students. 3 committees were formed in the last 3 years to assist the administration. Internal audit is carried out regularly. Financial audit is conducted as per Government Rules. The Principal and the Heads of the Department evaluate the performance of non-teaching staff. A number of training programmes have been organized for the Laboratory Staff, besides computer literacy courses, income tax calculations etc.

The College had a surplus budget over the last 2 years in Non-Plan budget but has no surplus on the Plan and Development budget. The Accountant General of West Bengal conducts the Audit, while the Governing body of the College appoints an accredited auditor for the non-Government funds. The Employees Co-Operative Society run by the Non-teaching staff has 157 members on its roll. It provides loan to the extent of Rs. 24000/- The College has instituted medical co-operative health fund, endowment and scholarship programmes for meritorious and needy students, economically weak students. The College assists members of the staff to secure loans from various funding agencies.

CRITERION VII: Healthy Practices:
The College conducts admission tests at Departmental levels for over 12000 candidates every year. Teachers actively participate in Research Seminars, workshops and in training programmes. Teacher's performance is monitored through appraisal reports. The College has recently introduced Teachers evaluation by the Students. Regular meetings are held for the Heads of the Departments and departmental meetings are also conducted periodically by the heads of the department. The College has signed an MOU with UGC for installation of Satellite Interactive Terminal. The College undertakes a large number of collaborative programmes with reputed institutions at the national and international levels. Imparting Value based education has been one of the basic objectives of the College. The College organizes seminars in memory of Great Thinkers and Intellectuals. Students participate in a number of social service programmes like AIDS awareness, Eye donation camps, Fund mobilization, Blood donation programmes. Students are also motivated to participate in vocational programmes, cultural and intellectual exchange programmes, Sports Meet, Debates, Drama, Quiz etc.

After organized visits to all departments, facilities and units of the Presidency College and detailed interaction with the faculty, staff, management council, parents, alumni and students, the Peer Team is pleased to record the overwhelming enthusiasm and cooperation extended by the entire Presidency College for the NAAC process of assessment and accreditation. The overall analysis of this NAAC process conducted by the Peer Team is summarized as under:

As one of the very first Colleges established in the Country, Presidency College has a long history and rich heritage and has contributed immensely in having shaped the higher education scenario in West Bengal.

It has the phenomenal strength of having produced distinguished alumni as Nobel laureates, Bhatnagar awardees, political luminaries, eminent educationists, social reformers and literary experts.

As a traditional higher education institution, it has evidences to claim that it continued to provide an inspiring and stimulating educational environment.

The College has inculcated a research culture among the faculty members as evidenced by a large percentage of Ph.D qualified teachers, sponsored research projects in many departments, DST supported FIST programme grants in many departments and UGC funded CAS programme in one department. Special mention has to be made about the departments of Chemistry, Economics, Geology and Botany which have created good infrastructure facilities, brought in good grants for the College and also made international level academic contribution including one patent application. Collaborative projects with international institutions are operational in some departments.

The College is recognized as a 'College with Potential for Excellence' by the UGC with a significant grant.

The College offers all its PG courses under autonomous mode and has a good track record of their students placed in higher education and employment in International Universities and National level institutions and industries.

During the last five years, the faculty and researchers of the College have made 307 publications (118 in international journals and 189 in national journals).

While 26 candidates have been awarded Ph.D from the College during the last five years, 66 candidates are undergoing doctoral research currently.

Successful Alumni interaction is going on in the College as evidenced by the establishment of the Alumni Association of the College, a grant of Rs. 4.0 crores to establish e-campus of the Presidency College through one of the illustrious alumnus namely Dr. Bimal Jalan and by the large number of alumni who met the Peer Team in the Alumni meet-session.

Sincere efforts are being made to bring about Industry - Academia interaction and the recent inclusion of Presidency College as a Nodal Agency Centre for Corporate Governance of CII might help the College to consolidate their attempts.

There are several student centric and capacity building programmes in the College through fieldtrips, Oratorial Contests/Quiz, Grooming Orators' programme, NSS activities, Cultural programmes etc.

Almost in all departments, it is observed that senior academicians retired from the departments or in service in other institutions in Kolkata are assisting the College as Guest Faculty on honorarium basis or as Emeritus Scientists of funding agencies. This practice of getting the expertise of experienced academicians is appreciated.

In view of the pre-eminence of the College in the history of higher education in West Bengal, the College may volunteer for full autonomous status at the earliest and the Govt. of West Bengal could facilitate this process by providing necessary statutory provisions.

As per the Govt. of India and Govt. of West Bengal reservations for admission to SC/ST students, the full quota of seats may be filled up to fulfill the societal commitment of the institution.

The library which has a good collection of books and journals may be fully computerized with on-line e-journal and e-resource facilities and video-library facilities. The UGC-Infonet connectivity can help the College to a great extent and the UGC may be approached for this goal.

Industry-Academia interaction must be strengthened by setting up a single-window structure by establishing the College - Industry Interaction Centre (CIIC).

The Placement Cell may have to be strengthened with a software based database of all eligible candidates for employment so that the needy stakeholders could identify the potential employees from the database readily available.

The College may introduce the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) pattern of UG/PG programmes after securing autonomous status so as to provide the cafeteria type modular education coupled with horizontal mobility for the students. This would also provide student mobility to various institutions within the country or even abroad with the facility of 'credit transfer'.

New interdisciplinary - career oriented UG/PG courses can be introduced in the College like Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Journalism and Communication, Film Studies/Cultural Studies, Psychology, Comparative Literature etc.

In view of the possession of several rare manuscripts in the College departments and Libraries which are more than 75 years old, a 'digitization project of rare manuscripts' with funding from the Ministry of Culture can be attempted.

Since Presidency College is declared as a heritage building, efforts could be made to apply for 'maintenance grants' under the Heritage Conservation fund of the Govt. of India operated through the State Govt.

There is an immediate need to expand the campus area of the College with additional buildings for departments and to provide good sports/playfield facilities. Attempts could be made to procure land and buildings at the earliest. The strong Alumni base of the College could be fully harnessed by the Governing Council of the College for this purpose.

Faculty training and capacity building could be made possible by networking of the College with neighbouring institutions in Kolkata through which visiting faculty can be invited to the College and the College faculty/students can get trained. A system of Visiting Professorship/Adjunct Professorship for distinguished.

Scientists/Educationists from among the alumni in other institutions in Kolkata or abroad can be introduced in the College.

Hostel facility may have to be strengthened with additional rooms, better common room cum indoor games facility and broad-band internet connectivity cum computer rooms in both Boys and Girls Hostels.

A department wise annual budget for the College may be provided so that, it becomes transparent for the department about the funding support and also impresses upon them the necessity of extra-mural resource generation.

A centralised animal house facility of the College fully licensed by COPCAE could be established instead of having individual departmental animal rooms on the top floors of the departmental buildings. This would in the long run help the institution to be recognized for animal experimentation research by industries and Collaborating institutions.

There are also good number of museum, archives, laboratories and facilities with Hi-tech equipments and historical documentations in the College which could be optimized and used by interdisciplinary interaction within the College and with the departments of the Calcutta University which is in fact the adjacent campus.

In view of the rich history of legendary contributors to Indian Science, Mathematics, Economics, History, Statistics, Philosophy, Literature including nobel laureates as alumni, the Presidency College could play a proactive role in conducting a yearly 'OPEN HOUSE' programme for school students to inspire the youngsters to take up Sciences, Arts and Humanities projecting the above role models effectively to the future architects of our country.

Prof. S. P. Thyagarajan

Prof. Nishi Pandey

Dr. R. Krishnakumar
Member Co-ordinator

Dr. Mamata Ray

Date : 8th February, 2006

Last non-Communist CM of Bengal dies at 90

Siddhartha Shankar Ray, the Bengal leader who played a significant role in the countrys political activity during the turbulent times of Emergency, Naxalite movement and Khalistan movement in Punjab, died today at his residence at Beltolla in south Kolkata after a protracted illness. He was 90.

Ray, who was Union Minister of Education from 1967 to 1972, also served as Chief minister of West Bengal from 1972 to 1977, Governor of Punjab between 1986 and 1989 and Indian Ambassador to the USA from 1992 to 1996. Ray, who had been suffering from various kidney ailments, had been on dialysis for quite some time. The end came today at 6.50 in the evening. The state government has declared holiday on Monday as mark of respect for the departed leader.

Born in 1920 of Sudhir Kumar Ray, an illustrious barrister of Calcutta High Court, and Aparna Devi, the eldest daughter of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, Congress leader, Ray was educated at Presidency College in Kolkata and later studied law in England. Ray faced the allegations that he had mooted the imposition of Emergency in the country. He also courted controversy for excesses during imposition of Emergency in the state and police highhandedness in handling of Naxalite movement in the state.

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee called him an able administrator and an honest politician. Our relations were more political, Mukherjee said.Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee visited the residence of the former chief minister and paid her homage. West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee condoled the death of former chief minister Siddhartha Shankar Ray. There are few people in post-Independence India who could equal his magnificent contribution to Indias growth and progress, Narayanan said in a condolence message.

In his condolence message, Bhattacharjee said, I am shocked at his death and convey my sympathies to his wife Maya Ray and all members of the bereaved family. CPM state secretary Biman Bose said that the late Congress leader used to keep relations outside his political beliefs.

Satyajit Ray's 91st birth anniversary today

Satyajit Ray, director, writer, music composer and illustrator, would have been 91 today.

Mr Ray was born into an illustrious family. His father, Sukumar Ray, was a pioneering writer of Bengali rhyme and children's literature. His grandfather, Upendrakishore Ray, was a writer, illustrator, and philosopher. The young Satyajit was always interested in fine arts even though he studied economics at Kolkata's Presidency College.

Satyajit Ray's instinct for the arts and aesthetics was honed at the Shantiniketan University founded by Rabindranath Tagore. He then began his working life with a job in advertising but switched careers after watching Vittorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves. In 1943, he assisted French director Jean Renoir who was in Kolkata shooting The River, and was encouraged by him to turn full time to filmmaking.

In 1955, Mr Ray made his first film Pather Panchali. The movie took a poetic and evocative look at the life of the protagonist Apu, a young village boy. It won the Best Human Document Award at Cannes Film Festival.

His next two films Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959) completed the Apu trilogy. Actress Sharmila Tagore made her acting debut as the young bride of Apu in Apur Sansar.

Mr Ray's next few films dealt with socio-economic issues. Prominent among these were Jalsaghar (1958), Devi (1960), Teen Kanya (1961) and Abhijan (1962). In 1962 he directed Kanchenjungha, his first colour feature film. In 1964 he directed Charulata, which is considered to be a masterpiece.

Post Charulata, Mr Ray branched into genres including science fiction, fantasy and mystery. He made serious movies like Nayak (1966), Pratidwandi (1970), Seemabaddha (1971), Jana Aranya (1975) - as well as some lighter fare - Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969), Sonar Kella (1974) and Joy Baba Felunath (1978).

Shatranj Ke Khiladi, made in 1977, had dialogues in Urdu and Hindi film and was Mr Ray's first movie in a language other than Bengali.

A heart attack in 1983 and general ill health kept Mr Ray away from the camera for a few years. After recovering, he made Ganashatru and Shakha Proshakha.

In 1991, he made his last film Agantuk.

Mr Ray's layered and innovative style of filmmaking won him awards, both in India and abroad. He is ranked on all Top Directors Lists by cinema magazines and critics' polls.

He began his career with an award at Cannes and ended it with a Lifetime Achievement Oscar as well as the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award. He also won the Golden Lion for Aparajito at the Venice Film Festival in 1956 and the Golden Lion Honorary Award there in 1982. That same year, he was given a special Homage a Satyajit Ray award at Cannes.

His other awards included the Dadasaheb Phalke in 1985 and the French Legion of Honor in 1987.

The multitalented director also wrote several detective and science fiction books. He also designed four typefaces for Roman script and illustrated all his own books as well as designing covers for other authors.

Presidency University faculty to be finalised on Monday

KOLKATA: Appointment of faculty for Presidency University will start from Monday when the Governing Council ratifies the names of candidates finalized by the selection committee for the posts of registrar, controller of exams and dean of students. The names for these three key posts are expected to be finalized over Thursday and Friday. While authorities remained tight-lipped, sources confirmed that a council meeting has been called on Monday, where the list of professors will be finalized.

The Selection Committee has already made selections for faculty positions. Selection for the positions of assistant professors will start after the council ratifies the three administrative positions and those of professors. Initially, candidates are being interviewed for 184 faculty positions of which 44 are that of professors. According to sources, the university will recruit people for 420 posts and further advertisements will be published.

Rs 74k per month for Presidency University chairs

KOLKATA: The state cabinet on Tuesday fixed Rs 74,000 as the monthly remuneration for each of the five professors the institution will appoint to hold distinguished chairs at the Presidency University. This will be in addition to other perks that the appointees will enjoy. Educationists from across the globe will be invited to hold the chairs for a full term.

This amount is sanctioned by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under the scheme for distinguished professorship chairs. It will now depend on Presidency University to chalk out the nitty-gritty and submit the details. We will only intimate them about the sanctioned funds, said a senior higher education department official. She added, The five chairs will be for five different subjects. Now that the governments decision will be sent to the varsity as a formal order, Presidency University can send out invitations to academia around the world. This is only the basic pay scale. Those who occupy the chairs will also receive remuneration for relocation, participating in conferences abroad, attending seminars, buying gadgets required to upgrade their knowledge and travel allocations. The university has already urged the state to bear a part of the conveyance fee of those shifting base from abroad.

Cut-offs for Presidency University admission tests too

KOLKATA: Gone are the days when you could take the famed admission test at Presidency University even when you did not manage to score first division marks in your Plus Two exams. From this year, the authorities have decided on cutoff marks for allowing a student to take the test.

In earlier years, several thousands would turn up for every subject, making the correction of those scripts a Herculean task for teachers. Since the task at hand is to improve the quality of teaching-learning in this elite institution, the authorities this year decided to allow only high scorers in Plus Two to write the exam.

After scanning through the merit lists of the last five years for all subjects, a formula was arrived at. While in some subjects the cut-off for allowing students to take the test (or taking the forms), was kept as high as 80%, in most it was anything between 70 and 75%. Only in Bengali, Hindi and philosophy , candidates with scores as low as 55% were allowed to take forms, considering the fact that only students from the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education opt for these subjects and despite revisions in syllabi and marking pattern, the scores continue to be low in these subjects.

For English, chemistry, physics, geography and maths, which are considered the prize departments of the university, the cut-off has been kept as high as 80%. Faculty members said the steep cut-off was finalized after a lot of debate.
We went through the merit lists of the past five years and considered the average of the lowest percentage scored in that subject. There was no point in making thousands sit for the test and subject our teachers to this humungous task of correcting the scripts when students with low scores will never make it to the department , justified the new registrar of the university, Prabir Dasgupta.

Take the case of economics . The aggregate has gone up to 70% this year, whereas in zoology a student has to score 75% in the subject to get a form. We want students with a minimum level of understanding of the subject to sit for the admission test and hence raised the cut-off . If you have to build quality you will have to be strict with the kind of candidates who can even think of taking the admission test for a certain subject, said Amitava Chatterjee, head of the department of economics.

Among the two other major changes that the fledgling university has introduced in its admissions is a two-tier English exam and opting for the multiple choice question pattern for admission test of six subjects, the three bio-sciences and physics, chemistry and geology . In these subjects the correction will be done with the help of optical mark recorders.

The other premier institution of the city, St Xaviers College , has mostly allowed candidates with 60% marks to apply. However, for every subject, the cut-offs have been worked out according to special formulae to suit respective subject requirements . Care has been taken to work out different cut-offs for the different boards, taking into consideration the fact that it is difficult to score well in the higher secondary exam.

The cut-offs for subjects like English and physics have been over 95% for ISC candidates . Take the case of commerce . Though candidates with 60% have been allowed to apply, the final cut-off has been as high as 92.2% for ISC candidates and 84.5% for HS candidates , said Father Felix Raj. The college will publish its merit list on Monday.

Rs 74k per month for Presidency University chairs

KOLKATA: The state cabinet on Tuesday fixed Rs 74,000 as the monthly remuneration for each of the five professors the institution will appoint to hold distinguished chairs at the Presidency University. This will be in addition to other perks that the appointees will enjoy. Educationists from across the globe will be invited to hold the chairs for a full term.

This amount is sanctioned by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under the scheme for distinguished professorship chairs. It will now depend on Presidency University to chalk out the nitty-gritty and submit the details. We will only intimate them about the sanctioned funds, said a senior higher education department official. She added, The five chairs will be for five different subjects. Now that the governments decision will be sent to the varsity as a formal order, Presidency University can send out invitations to academia around the world. This is only the basic pay scale. Those who occupy the chairs will also receive remuneration for relocation, participating in conferences abroad, attending seminars, buying gadgets required to upgrade their knowledge and travel allocations. The university has already urged the state to bear a part of the conveyance fee of those shifting base from abroad.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier announced that she was approving the proposals for instituting four chairs of professorship in the names of Jagadish Chandra Bose (on natural sciences), Rabindranath Tagore (on literature and cultural studies), Swami Vivekananda (on philosophy) and Subhas Chandra Bose (on economics, political science and history). In addition to these four chairs, the state government had decided to create another chair in the name of revolutionary poet Nazrul Islam. The proposal was sent to the state higher education secretary Satish Tiwary.

Former Presidency College principal and teacher Sanjiv Ghosh welcome the move. He said, Since the government has sanctioned five distinguished chairs, it will allow the university to invite academics renowned in their subjects. In foreign universities, there is no age bar while inviting professors to these chairs. Hopefully, the criterion will be the same for Presidency University too. Moreover, these highly-acclaimed educationists will be able to generate funds for research with their work from several national and international agencies.

Sources in the university said that its authorities had also proposed creating an Acharya P C Roy chair in chemistry and a Henry Louis Vivian Derozio chair in English, but those were not approved.

When contacted, vice chancellor of Presidency University, Malabika Sarkar said, I have not yet received any information from the state government. However, this is indeed good news. The government will inform us about the break-ups. Accordingly, we will plan further.

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