public state university in Kolkata, West Bengal
University of Calcutta (informally known as Calcutta University or CU) is a collegiate public state university located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was established on 24 January 1857, and was one of the first institutions in Asia to be established as a multidisciplinary and Western-style university. Within India it is recognized as a "Five-Star University" and accredited "A" Grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council.The University adopted in the first instance, the pattern of the University of London and gradually introduced modifications in its constitution. In every ‘measurable metric’ till day it is considered as the crème de la crème of the Indian academics and intellectual world. University of Calcutta was awarded the status of "Centre with Potential for Excellence In Particular Area"(CPEPA Status) and "University with potential for excellence"(UPE Status) by the UGC.The university has a total of fourteen campuses spread over the city of Kolkata and its suburbs. As of 2012, 136 colleges are affiliated to it. The University of Calcutta has secured the Fifth position among the Universities of India in the prestigious "Indian University Ranking 2019" list, released by the NIRF of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. It was placed just after IISc, JNU, BHU and HU. Its alumni and faculty include several heads of state, heads of government, social reformers, prominent artists, only academy award winner and Dirac medal winner in India, many Fellows of the Royal Society and five Nobel laureates as of 2019 which is highest in South Asia. Specially in Natural Science and Humanities till day it is the most accomplished, and academically rigorous University in India. It's a highly selective free public university and famously conservative in giving marks and still follows the old classical approach and views in study (like University of Cambridge). The university has the highest number of students who have cleared the doctoral entrance eligibility exam in Natural Science & Arts conducted by Government of India's National Eligibility Test to become eligible to pursue research with a full scholarship awarded by the Government of India.University of Calcutta is a member of United Nations Academic Impact.
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