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Phone Number of University of Calcutta is 03322410071 .
University of Calcutta was founded on JANUARY 24, 1857. The University adopted in the first instance, the pattern of the University of London and gradually introduced modifications in its constitution. University of Calcutta was established by an Act of the Legislative Council (Act No II of 1857) of the then British India. A supplementary Act empowering the University to confer some additional degrees was passed in 1860. Another Act was passed in 1884 by which the University was authorized to confer honorary Degree of Law. The University Act of 1904 empowered the University to make necessary arrangements for the instruction of students, and though most of the teaching continued to be imparted in the affiliated colleges, teaching in some of the higher branches began to be organized under the University management. University of Calcutta Act, 1951, which came into operation from March, 1954 brought about important changes in the constitution and character of the University. The Act provided for Postgraduate teaching in some of the affiliated colleges along with the University Colleges.

University of Calcutta Act, 1966 was passed with a view to providing for the reorganization of the University that came into force on September 18, 1968. The University is now being governed by University of Calcutta Act, 1979 as amended up to 31 May, 2006. The Act provided for the reconstitution of University of Calcutta to enable it to function more efficiently in the fields of teaching, training and research in various branches of learning and courses of study and extending higher education to meet the growing needs of the society and to make the constitution of various authorities and bodies of University of Calcutta more democratic. The idea of establishing a university in Calcutta was first mooted by the Council of Education in 1845 which suggested that in view of the ‘advanced state of education’ in Bengal, it was advisable to have a full-fledged university empowered to grant degrees to deserving students. Accordingly it drew up an elaborate scheme modelled on the University of London. Nothing came out of it, at least at that moment.

The striking contrast between the great importance attached to University of Calcutta and the paucity of arrangements to run it soon became evident. Efforts were on to provide the institution with a separate building of its own. Persistent efforts ultimately bore fruit. A site was selected to the west of the College Street, facing the tank, in between the Presidency and the Medical Colleges. The Governor-General-in-Council was moved to sanction a grant in 1866 of Rs 81,600 for the site and Rs 1, 70,561 for construction of a building and the new edifice was erected in 1872. A spacious and noble construction, it was opened in 1873 and came to be known as the Senate House. It was to provide accommodation for meetings of the Senate, the chamber of the Vice-Chancellor, office of the Registrar, examination rooms and lecture halls. For more than eighty years, the building remained one of the more significant landmarks of Calcutta. But after the Centenary of Calcutta University, it was demolished to yield place to the more contemporary and utilitarian Centenary Building in which are housed the Central Library, the Asutosh Museum of Indian Art, the Centenary Auditorium and a number of offices of the University.

University of Calcutta was formally launched in 1857, it had no permanent building of its own, at least in the early years. It might be recalled that the University was initially authorized only to hold examinations and award degrees. In those rudimentary stages of its growth, library, museum and other common facilities did not receive as much attention as they deserved.

It was only after University of Calcutta got a permanent home of its own in 1872 that attempts were initiated for the setting up of a library. Its nucleus was formed out of a small gift of Rs. 5000 by Joykrishna Mukherjee, the public spirited Zamindar of Uttarpara. While donating the money in 1869 he expressed the hope that a small library could be set up by the University. At about the same time Esan Chandra Ghose donated a small collection of books to the University. These efforts marked a small but auspicious beginning. The Manuscript Section was in existence right from the inception of the University. In 1990, the Manuscript Library became a full-fledged unit of University of Calcutta under the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic). The Library has a collection of more than 42,000 manuscripts including quite a few on palm leaves, including 20,000 in Sanskrit, 12,000 in Tibetan and Bengali and also several Persian and Arabic manuscripts.

University of Calcutta is in different languages such as Sanskrit, Tibetan, Bangla, Oriya, Maithili, Pali, Arabic and Persian, and in scripts like Bengali, Oriya, Gaudi, Newari, Malayalam and Maithili. Some manuscripts are wrought in gold and silver lettering. It would seem that the first and the second decades of the twentieth century were particularly propitious for the University which rapidly consolidated its position during this period. University of Calcutta Press was founded in 1908. Originally started in a rented house at Colootolla Street, it was later shifted to some tiled huts to the west of the Senate House that had formerly served as temporary accommodation for the University Law College. Ultimately in 1940 the Press secured its home at 48, Hazra Road on a site provided by the Taraknath Palit Trust.

On the occasion of its Centenary in 1957, University of Calcutta received from the University Grants Commission a grant of Rs 1 crore with which were raised the Centenary Building at the College Street Campus and the College Law building on Hazra Road. The amount also aided the Ballygunge Science College Campus in adding the Western and Central blocks. Before long, it further added another block, the Eastern Block, again with financial assistance from the University Grants Commission. The Economics Department got a building of its own in 1958 at 56A, Barrackpore Trunk Road for which the Government of West Bengal provided the land and the University Grants Commission, the required funds. University of Calcutta founded the Dr. B.C. Roy Post Graduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (now part of IPGMER in 1957. The construction of the building complex housing six departments was completed during the nineteen seventies. In 1965, the Goenka Family of Calcutta bequeathed to the University, land and premises at 145 Muktaram Babu Street so as to enable it to open the Goenka Hospital Diagnostic Research Centre for the University College of Medicine. It now extends a wide-ranging medical care to the University community.

There are 17 Halls and Hostels under University of Calcutta providing accommodation to about 2000 students studying in the University Colleges of Arts, Commerce, Science, Technology and Law and also the undergraduate students of the colleges as well as men research scholars/fellows of the University. Management of Halls / Hostels is executed by Board of Residence, an advisory body of the University of Calcutta.

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