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WEST BENGAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT) started its journey in 2001 with 37 technical colleges across the state affiliated to it. At the helm was vice-chancellor Mrityunjay Bhattacharya, a former professor of Banaras Hindu University. Information technology, computer science, electrical engineering, electronics-telecommunications and instrumentation were the courses approved by All India Council for Technical Education that the nascent WBUT offered alongside some non-AICTE approved courses such as biotech (under the department of bio technology) and hotel management.

Now housed in what was formerly the Bidhannagar Government College in Salt Lake, WBUT will eventually move to a sprawling campus at Haringhata in Nadia once the infrastructure is in place.

The current centrally air conditioned 45,000 square feet campus is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment for studies of genetics, general data analysis for medical imaging and microchip designing alongside equipment used to ascertain the gender of a person in cases where one stands betwixt and between the two sexual categories.

Incidentally, the university is developing new software for digital mammogram and is soon going to file a patent for it.

Anindya Chatterjee, a third-year student of information technology, says, “We have excellent teachers and outstanding laboratories but the building suffers from a space crunch.”

WBUT offers BTech and MTech courses in information technology and computer science as well as MTech in microelectronics, biotechnology and bioinformatics. Doctoral and postdoctoral programmes are also offered on this campus.

The BTech in computer science embraces compiler designing studies while information technology and microelectronic programmes teach microchip designing and chip fabrication. Besides, students are taught basic, business and communicative English in the first, third and fifth semesters respectively.

WBUT believes in giving hands-on training, at least to its postgraduate students. After the third semester, MTech students intern with various technological corporations as well as universities outside the state.

To study BTech in WBUT, students have to rank within 10,000 in West Bengal Joint Engineering Entrance exam. Anyone who scores above 80 percentile in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (Gate) exam can study MTEch at WBUT.

The total course fees for the BTech courses are Rs 1,80,000 while the MTech courses cost Rs 80,000.

WBUT provides coaching for Gate to the students of the colleges under it via EDUSAT (education satellite). Students are mentored by experts from Jadavpur University, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur and WBUT. Thanks to the satellite uplink, teachers can hold classes, interact with students and answer their queries, just like in a conventional classroom.

WBUT assists students with their first job too. “Last year, 92 per cent of our students got placed in renowned companies,” says Samir Kumar Bandyopadhyay, the vice-chancellor.

The companies that recruit regularly from the university includes Wipro, Infosys, the French organisation Capgemini and Cognizant, which is headquartered at Teaneck, New Jersey. This year Bandyopadhyay hopes to have cent per cent placement.

Soumendu Das, a 2008 graduate, was picked by Cognizant after a campus interview. “We did rigorous conceptual analysis of the topics during our courses, something that makes consummate techies,” says Das, who thinks the college needs to strengthen its placement affiliations a little.

Apart from producing reliable industry professionals, WBUT introduces many bright teaching professionals too. These postgraduate students join various engineering and management colleges, initially as assistant professors.

The university is pondering a string of new courses to launch in the near future such as post graduation studies in human psychology and medical imaging, fashion and textile technologies and so on.

Vital Statistics

WHAT IS IT?

A state university offering graduate, postgraduate, doctoral and post doctoral engineering programmes

WHO’S THE BOSS?

Samir Kumar Bandyopadhyay is the vice-chancellor

Where is it?

BF-142, Sector-1, Salt Lake, Calcutta-700064,

Phone: 23217578

Website: www.wbut.ac.in

Pros

Good faculty members, state-of-the-art equipment, good placement record

CONS

Cramped rooms, no industry training provided at the BTech level

CHANDREYI KARMAKAR