The Government of West Bengal set up an expert committee on December 31, 1998, under the Chairmanship of Ashesh Prasad Mitra, Eminent Scientist to explore the necessity and scope for establishment of an Engineering / Technology University in the stste of West Bengal.
The University came into operation formally with the assumption of the office of the first Vice Chancellor on January 15, 2001 as a sequel to the promulgation of THE WEST BENGAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY ACT, 2001, under West Bengal Act XV of 2000 passed by the West Bengal Legislature. The University started its academic programme, from July 16, 2001 following a Notification from the Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal dated June 15, 2001 through the affiliation of Engineering and Management Institutions / Colleges and has entered the eighth year of its functioning. The University is included in Section 2F and also in Section 12B of UGC and recipient of UGC Grant.
We are equal opportunity, affirmative action institution and do not distinguish on the basis of gender, caste, creed and religion. The University wants to grow nurturing innovative / novel ideas that would touch all segments of the society especially the marginalized ones. We look at technology from a broad social perspective and are organizing postgraduate courses in basic and applied sciences. The University has introduced new courses in emerging areas to develop, enhance and higher education. We strive for optimum utilization of recourses and believe in unleashing individual initiative for entrepreneurial development without compromising the collective need.
The University is steadfast in its twin objectives:
a) To serve as a Centre of Excellence in teaching and research in technology and management area.
b) To provide framework of industrialization based on knowledge economy.
To realize its mission of emerging as a Centre of Excellence the University has created three Schools of Studies viz. School of Engineering & Technology (SET), School of Biotechnology & Biological Sciences (SBTBS) and School of Management and Sciences (SOMS) comprising presently of five departments viz. Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering & Management, Department of Biotechnology, Department of Bioinformatics and Department of Management and Sciences.
The Schools formed in this University would function in the same style as the Schools in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The Directors of the Schools ate taking steps to open up new departments in the Schools and the Departments are motivated to encourage inter-disciplinary research and teaching. All the departments enjoy full academic autonomy, and provide overall guidance in nurturing our ideas of development and help intergrate disciplines to provide new focus. The SET offers B.Tech. in CSE and IT as well as M.Tech. in Software Engineering, M.E. in Computer Science & Engineering, M.E. in Information Technology, M.Tech. in Microelectronics and M.Tech. in Industrial Engineering & Management. The SBTBS offers M.Tech in Biotechnology (supported financially by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India), M.Tech. in Bioinformatics, Integrated Ph.D. Programme in Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Bioinformatics and Ph.D. programs in emerging areas. The University also offers an Integrated Ph.D. program in Physical Science and Chemical Science in collaboration with S. N. Bose Centre for Basic Sciences. The SOMS offers M.Phil in Management, Material Science and Glycobiology. SOMS has also initiated professional training courses in other countries for foreign students in collaboration with South Asian Management Technology (SAMT).
Our teching staff includes, besides the core faculty, visiting faculty, adjunct faculty members and distinguished visitors from the industry and front line academic and research institutes of the country and abroad. The core faculty itself comprises 37 teaching personnel.
The basic objective of the University shall be to organize undergraduate courses of study in Engineering and Technology, especially in emerging areas. The university now affiliates 160 institutions spread over 15 districts of the state of West Bengal. Postgraduate study is being carried out in 30 of them and research is being carried out for the grooming of scientists, engineers and technologists. We have now intake capacity of about 3000 students at post graduate level. In this venture our affiliates are our cherished partners. We continuously seel new partners in excellence be it industry or other institutions of higher learning. The University has intimate and collaborative linkages with national and International research institutes, University and the industries.
The affiliated collges enjoy financial autonomy from beginning. They also enjoy substantial autonomy in academic matters. They can suggest establishment of elective papers, frame their syllabus and get it ratified by the University Academic Council at UG level.
The University besides being supported by the State Government and central grant giving agencies, organizes programs to generate as much as 90% of its own resources. A number of our courses offered at the UG level are now accrediated by NBA. By the end of this academic session this number is expected to go up substantially.
VISION OF THE UNIVERSITY
To achieve the status of a globally ranked premier University in the field of Science, Technology, Pharmacy, Architecture, Management and interdisciplinary areas for the creation of high-calibre professionals with environmental consciousness, social, moral and ethical values along with the competency to face the new challenges of rapid technological advancements.
MISSION OF THE UNIVERSITY
The University, which began operating from the West Bengal State Archives Building located at 43 Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata 700017, India is currently located at BF 142, Sector I, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700064, India with area of 45000 sq.ft. with another 20,000 sq.ft. at AQ 13/1, Sector V, Salt Lake 700091. It has a hostel to accommodate 90 students both boys and girls.
The University would have a permanent main campus of approximately 40 acres of land at Haringhata, District nadia, provided by the Government of West Bengal.