Temple of learning

jadavpur-university8 Salil Bera

No. 7 in all-India

Jadavpur University does not believe in formulas, but accepts education as a religion, no less. No other university in India, probably, has excelled in so many streams—science, technology, engineering, literature, history and social science. It even offers courses in yoga, and is one of the finest institutes in comparative literature in India.

Founded as National Council of Education by the likes of Rabindranath Tagore, Brajendra Kishore Roychowdhury and Rashbehari Ghosh, the institute was meant to be a place for Indian education, unlike the Universities of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay that gave English education.

“The main reason behind the superiority of this university was the interdisciplinary system it had imbibed. Moreover, across departments, there is tremendous discipline which the students and teachers have accepted. Several generations maintained it,” said Suranjan Das, historian and vice chancellor of the university. Das said the sense of community within the institution was another reason behind its success. “Be it teachers, students or non-teaching staff, all behave like part of a community,” he said. “This is the true spirit of the modern education system which we have in Jadavpur University.”

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