Located on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is considered the cultural capital of the country. The city also boasts of several higher educational institutions offering courses in engineering, medical and management. As of 2010, Kolkata is home to fourteen universities run by the state government. The engineering colleges in Kolkata are either affiliated with a university or institution that is based out of Kolkata or anywhere else.
Two of the country's oldest engineering colleges are located in Kolkata; the engineering department of Jadavpur University and the Bengal Engineering and Science University. Apart from that, Kolkata boasts of a number of engineering colleges and academic bodies. Let us take a look at the same.
West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT)
Founded in 2001, this academic body was set up in order to meet the necessity of for establishing an Engineering or Technology University in West Bengal. Currently located in Salt Lake, the university also has a hostel facility.Most of the engineering colleges in Kolkata are affiliated to this academic body.
Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jadavpur University
One of the oldest engineering departments, the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jadavpur University is one of the best in the country. All major engineering courses are offered by the University. An autonomous body, the University offers both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses. Right from Architecture, to Mechanical, Electrical and Production Engineering-one can find the course of his or her choice.
Bengal Engineering and Science University
Established in 1856, Bengal Engineering and Science University is one of the oldest engineering colleges of the country. Almost 150 years down the line, the institute has gained the status of a deemed university. A paradise of place, the institute offers engineering courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Apart from the Department of Engineering,the institute also has a Department of Science and Humanities. The Faculty of Science offers general courses pertaining to the same and the Department of Humanities, started recently, offers courses in Human Resource Management.
Gradually, more educational institutions opened up across the city offering courses in engineering. Most of these engineering colleges absorb students on the basis of their performance at the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE). Two new engineering colleges in Kolkata are discussed below.
Adamas Institute of Technology
Established in 2008, Adamas Institute of Technology is affiliated to WBUT and approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). A comparatively new player in the field of engineering, this institute offers courses in Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering. The institute has recorded a good percentage of campus placements. Some of the recruiters of Adamas Institute of Technology comprise Wipro, Larsen and Toubro and IBM.
Heritage Institute of Technology
Barely a decade old, is the Heritage Institute of Technology one of the better known engineering colleges of Kolkata. Affiliated to WBUT and approved by the AICTE, the institute has an efficient infrastructure which is supported by a state-of-the-art learning environment.The college has recorded hundred placements over the years. Courses offered include B.Tech, M.Tech, MBA and MCA. The students of this institute were placed with top notch companies like Proctor and Gamble, Larsen and Toubro, Wipro and so on.