- West Bengal University of Technology
name = West Bengal University of Technology
motto = 'In Pursuit of Knowledge And Excellence'
type = Public
staff = 17 (approx)
students = 78,000 (off-campus approx)
campus = Urban
vice_chancellor = Prof. A. R. Thakur
affiliations = UGC
website = [http://www.wbut.ac.in www.wbut.ac.in]
The West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT) is a state technological university located in the suburban satellite township of Salt Lake City,
Kolkata, West Bengal. As the name suggests, the University primarily provides education in the multidisciplinaryfields of science, technologyand management. It is popularly known as WBUT or UTech.Funded at the initial stages of its formation by the Government of West Bengal, the UTECH is set to become a Centre of Excellence in multidisciplinary science and technology areas of topical importance, in studies and research, in addition to providing adequate facilities for the pursuit of degree and advanced-level course in management, paramedical and other professional areas through its affiliated institutions. The University has been accorded the affiliating University status with its jurisdiction encompassing the entire state of West Bengal.
History of the WBUT
The Government of West Bengal set up an expert Committee on December 31, 1998 under the chairmanship of Dr. Ashesh Prasad Mitra, Scientist Eminence, to explore the necessity and scope for the establishment of a district Engineering and Technology University in the state of West Bengal. Following an in depth review of the status and issues of technical education at the degree and higher level in the country and in the state of West Bengal, the committee observed that the facilities for technical education at the degree level in West Bengal required enhancement. The existing and forthcoming engineering and technology colleges badly needed the support and guidance of a full-fledged centralized Technological University for the growth and improvement of quality technological education.
To achieve self-reliance the country requires centres of excellence for evolving world-class technology.The Committee set twin objectives for a separate Technological University in the state of West Bengal:
*To serve as a centre of excellence in teaching and research , and
*To provide affiliation to engineering, technological and management institutes.
The West Bengal University of Technology (WBUTech) came into existence on August 5, 2000. It started functioning with the assumption of office of the first Vice Chancellor on January 15, 2001 as a sequel to the promulgation of the West Bengal University of Technology Act 2000; under the West Bengal Act XV of 2000 passed by the West Bengal Legislature and published in the Calcutta Gazette (Extraordinary) vide Publication dated july 20, 2000. The Act contemplates a General Council (GC), an Executive Council (EC), an Academic Council (AC), Finance Committee and an Advisory Council as its regulatry and advisory bodies. His Excellency, the Governor of the state of West Bengal would be the ex-officio Chancellor of the University.
Currently, the University is functioning through an Advisory Committee constituted by the Chancellor under the advice of the Government of West Bengal, as per necessary transitory provisions of the Act.
*To organize undergraduate courses of study in engineering and technology,especially in merging technologies.
*To organize post-graduate programs in basic and applied sciences, engineering,technology and in such other branches of knowledge as the University may deem fit, specially with a view to producing scientists, technologists and managers of a high calibre, capable of contributing towards the development of industries based on modern technologies. This would be achieved in collaboration with the industry, as well as, national and international research laboratories and academic institutions.
*To develop centres of excellence for higher studies and research in basic and applied sciences, engineering, technology and management education.
*To accord affiliation and to provide academic support and guidance in science,engineering, technology and management, to institutions within the jurisdictions of the University.
*To create awareness in key areas of environmental science, conservation of energy and resource, information technology and biotechnology.
*To organize distance education programs aiming at establishing a virtual University.
*To organize continuing education programs for updating the knowledge and skills of working professionals.
*To organize and offer consultancy services to the industry and other organisations desiring such assistance.
*To undertake such other activities as may be necessary, to fulfill the mission of sustaining the emerging areas of science and technology.
The University, which began operating from the West Bengal State Archives Building located at 43, Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata 700 017, has been allotted a 3-Storied building as a campus at BF-142, Sector II , Salt Lake City (formerly the premises of the Bidhannagar Govt. College), with an area of 45,000 sq.ft. The process of shifting the academic programs and administrative functions of the University to this campus is currently underway.
The University would have a permanent main campus of approximately convert|100|acre|km2 of continuous area, which would be provided by the Govt. of West Bengal. As a part of the main campus, it has presently been allotted 40 acres of land on the NH-34 at Haringhata near Kalyani. The Boundary wall for the allotted land has been taken up in the first stage of construction and the University is in the process of appointing an architect consultant for the master plan and other associated development of the site.
Though a predominantly technological University, it provides many degrees ranging from Undergraduate
B.TECH,B.OPTM,BCA,BTTM,BBA and B.E.(in house course) to Masters level M.Tech and MBAto doctoral PhD.
Degree's offered by the West Bengal University of Technology are:-
*Sl. Name of Degree
*03. M. SC
*05. PG DIPLOMA
*12. B. TECH
*13. B. PHARM
*14. B. ARCH
*15. M. TECH
Till date, the University has 131 colleges and institutes affiliated to it spread throughout West Bengal. The complete information can be found [http://www.wbutcollegeinfo.org/ here] .
The colleges mentioned below are regarded widely as the best engineering colleges under WBUT in terms of Quality of Education, Placements and Number of Students opting for Higher Studies. Of these, IEM and NSEC are fiercely competing with
Jadavpur Universityand Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur for Industry Research Projects and Academic Excellence.
Institute of Engineering and Management (IEM)
Netaji Subhash Engineering College
Kalyani Government Engineering College
Jalpaiguri Govt. Engineering College
Haldia Institute of Technology
Techno India, Saltlake
Dr. B.C. Roy Engineering College, Durgapur
Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata
St. Thomas' College of Engineering & Technology
Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology
* [http://wbut.net Official site]
* [http://www.utech.in/ WBUT Students Website]
* [http://www.ugc.ac.in/inside/univmore.php?id=316/ University Grants Commission's information on WBUT]
* List of universities in India
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