Indo-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Program

University of Calcutta

Claflin University

Project Partners / University of Calcutta, India

University of Calcutta
Women's Studies Research Centre, Department of Economics (B.T. Road Campus), Department of English (College Street Campus) & Department of Business Management
1 Reformatory Street, Kolkata 700027, India

University of Calcutta and Claflin Universi0ty are working on a long term collaborative project to found a Center for Sustainable Eco-entrepreneurship Development at the University of Calcutta.


The University of Calcutta, founded on 24 January 1857, as the first University of modern India, was established to promote western knowledge and learning in colonial interest. But ultimately, it emerged as the nucleus of a range of academic activities, which has contributed to the development of Indian science and technology and our own understanding of the country's past and the nation's perceptions for the future. Besides, the University has always remained alive to emerging political, social and economic challenges of the nation and the world. The University community has maintained its ceaseless quest for excellence, constantly breaking new ground in the teaching-learning process.

The University's vision is:

  • To enrich the teaching-learning process in tune with the principles of equity and justice and broadening of access to the higher education system
  • To ensure a holistic development of the University through meticulous attention to a balanced growth of the humanities, social sciences, basic sciences and emerging areas in biological, applied and technological sciences
  • To constantly strengthen the infrastructure and manpower of the University so as to enable it to meet the emerging challenges to higher education
  • To develop a congenial community life within the University and motivate the University to fulfill their commitments to the nation and society.

Today we have 63 University Postgraduate Departments,154 Affiliated Colleges of which 2 are Constituent Colleges,9 are UGC Recognised CPE (Colleges for Potential Excellence),3 are Autonomous Colleges,6 are Recognised Research Institutes/ Centres, and 12 are Self-financing Colleges.The University has been accorded 5 star status by NAAC and awarded the prestigious recognition of University with potential for Excellence. It has been ranked the best state University as per Indiia Today Survey (2013, 2014).

Claflin's mission: Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities, seeking to foster a rich community comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership. In its undergraduate programs, Claflin provides students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education. Emphasizing critical and analytic thinking, independent research, oral and written communication skills, the University invites students to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing the global society.

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