Pres­i­dency Univer­sity, Kolkata

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Pres­i­dency Univer­sity, a lib­eral arts univer­sity in Kolkata known for its sci­ence and arts pro­gramme was founded in 1817 as Hindu Col­lege and re­named as Pres­i­dency Col­lege in 1855. The col­lege was con­ferred univer­sity sta­tus in July 2010, and be­came Pres­i­dency Univer­sity. The univer­sity of­fers cour­ses in over 16 dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing botany, bio­chem­istry, biotech­nol­ogy, molec­u­lar bi­ol­ogy and ge­net­ics, phys­i­ol­ogy and zo­ol­ogy. “Each depart­ment has a his­tory of hav­ing hosted and be­ing headed by fa­mous aca­demics that it’s nearly im­pos­si­ble to men­tion one over another,” says Anu­radha Lo­hia, Vice-chan­cel­lor. “From Swami Vivekananda teach­ing phi­los­o­phy to Henry Louis Vi­vian Derozio hav­ing taught English and his­tory to Acharya Pra­fulla Chan­dra Ray who went on to found Ben­gal Chem­i­cals, the first chem­i­cal in­dus­try in In­dia, and Ja­gadish Chan­dra Bose who taught physics, it is dif­fi­cult to say which depart­ment or course has an edge over the other,” she adds. › Pop­u­lar cour­ses Physics, chem­istry, botany, zo­ol­ogy and molec­u­lar bi­ol­ogy

› USP Noted alumni and fac­ulty net­work such as Amartya Sen, Kaushik Basu, Ab­hi­jeet Ban­er­jee, Chi­tra Ban­er­jee Di­vakaruni and Aparna Sen. De­grees in per­form­ing arts to be in­tro­duced this year › En­try Through joint en­trance ex­am­i­na­tions (JEE) › Fee Tuition fees is `1,800 per an­num ex­clud­ing lab and exam fees


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