Since time immemorial, Kolkata has been referred to as the seat of modern education and culture in India. Kolkata has always produced creative geniuses, from poets, to writers, film directors and world renowned economists. It still stands tall to its claim and produces some of the finest students who later go on to excel in the field of education. Now that the admission season is on, let’s look at some of the best colleges and universities in Kolkata that impart excellent education in the Arts stream—
7. Loreto College
Situated in the heart of the city, at Middleton Street, Loreto College is a Christian Minority College which has been imparting quality education to women in Kolkata since 1912. In spite of being a very high-profile college, it has its long list of rules and regulations and anyone flouting these is highly penalized. It’s a highly sorted-after college, especially in the field of Arts. Backed by highly qualified and experienced faculty, this college is famous for courses like English Honors and Major in Communicative English (one of its kind in Kolkata). Loreto College also imparts B.Ed and M.Ed degrees.
6. St. Xavier’s College
Another Christian Minority College in Kolkata, St. Xaviers is perhaps one of the best colleges in not only Kolkata but also in India. In fact, it was the first institution under University of Calcutta to get an Autonomous Accreditation. This college is famous for all the departments it has and anyone who scores well in +2, dreams of getting through this college. However, since it is a Christian Minority institution, it prefers Christians over people from other religions, and due to its innumerable quotas (sports, acting, dancing, etc.) it stays out of reach of many deserving students. This college was one of the first colleges to be inaugurated in Kolkata (1860) and has had innumerable famous students since then.
5. Ashutosh College
Famous for its education as well as its politics, Ashutosh College is one of the prestigious colleges in Kolkata and, unlike the above two colleges, is open for common but brilliant students. Funded by the Government, the college is a co-educational one and is backed by some great faculty. The college has around 10 departments in the Arts stream and is regarded as one of the most populous colleges in Kolkata. If you’re to take admission in this college, make sure you arrive at the college gate in the wee hours of the morning to collect admission form; it’s only then that you’ll be able to collect the forms on the same day—such is the rush!
4. Maulana Azad College
This Muslim Minority College is a Government college and is notable for all the three streams—Arts, Commerce and Science. Backed by some outstanding faculty, the college has also opened 3 post graduate departments—English, Zoology, Microbiology. And, it is one of the few colleges in Kolkata which imparts Bachelor’s degrees Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Islamic History and Culture along with the staple other courses. And, although a Muslim Minority college, this college doesn’t make any rift between the religions—it’s a college where an Iftar Party is celebrated with as much pomp and show as the Saraswati Puja.
3. Lady Brabourne College
Located at Park Circus, Lady Brabourne College is one of the first and best women’s colleges in India which has kept up with this caliber even today. It is every girl’s wish to be a Brabournite—and if you’re doing a Bachelor’s degree in English from Brabourne, then you’ll be regarded as a connoisseur of the language (this is quite dumb!). However, once you get through this college, don’t be under the misconception that you’d be able to pass properly with a nice degree at the end of 3 years—the college holds record in debarring the “not-so-good” students from taking the University examination.
2. Jadavpur University
One of the most sought-after universities in Kolkata, Jadavpur University is essentially a Science and Technology University, though it houses almost all the Arts departments. The English and Film Studies departments of the University are much celebrated, and two of the best respective departments in India. Backed with brilliant and highly celebrated professors, the University of Jadavpur is indeed a University to be looked after if you intend to pursue Arts or Science. They don’t have any Commerce department.
1. Presidency College
One of the premier and oldest colleges in India, the Presidency College, now Presidency University, still maintains its record in producing brilliant students. Backed by great and learned professors (the likes of Vidyasagar) since its inception, Presidency University has produced even nobel laureates like Amartya Sen and other dignitaries like Gayatri Chakraborty Spivak. The college is still, perhaps, the best college in Kolkata, which has opened its gate to people of all communities, of all castes and creeds and social backgrounds.