Assistant Registrar, Raiganj University
Raiganj University is committed to the students and other stakeholders to impart quality education, quality research and making the students employable. This University is catering the needs of the students of this District which is economically backward. The beauty of this University is that a student can start his/her Undergraduate Course and can come out with a Ph.D. degree under the same umbrella. A huge number of students are pursuing different programmes and courses at Raiganj University.
A good academic culture is the key to success of this University. Raiganj University started its journey from 3rd February, 2015 from the erstwhile Raiganj College in the small district Head Quarter of Uttar DinajPuri. e. Raiganj. It is the University in North Bengal which offers both under-graduate and post-graduate courses in its own Campus. There are 22 departments at the undergraduate level, 23 departments in Post-graduate level and 21 departments offer Ph.D. & M.Phil. Courses, all are running in full swing.
This University also offers General Courses at the under-graduate level in its own campus in the morning and evening i.e. in two shifts. The scope of Raiganj University has been widened with manifold research activities including M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes. Raiganj University intended to be Centre of Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Research.
This University is included in the 2(f) and 12 (b) clause of the UGC. The Campus sprawls over 13.62 acres of land, which contains Departments, Administrative Buildings, Canteen, Pond, Guest-house, Playground, a Garden of rare medicinal plants and a mulberry garden. This University received another land from the State Government measuring 11.19 acres at Raiganj, of just 3 km from the University. The second Campus of the University will be started in a very short period of time.
Several academic Centres of the University have been declared to be ‘Centres of Excellence’. These are the Centre for Folklore Studies, the Centre for Buddhist Studies, the Centre for Women’s Studies, the Environment Conservation Centre, the Business Incubation and Innovation Centre, the centre for Differently Abled Students.
The present student strength of the University is 12600, which includes overseas students, students from adjacent districts and states. Teachers are actively engaged in basic and applied research in their respective field and getting research grants from UGC. Active research works have been reflected in the publication of plenty of quality papers by the faculty members in National
and International journals. The University encourages teachers to participate in conferences, workshops, seminars and attend refresher and orientation courses to enrich their academic abilities. There are officers, permanent technical staff, administrative staff and non-teaching staff in the University who are dedicated to the University.
A huge number of Ph. D and M. Philscholars are getting Govt. Scholarship from the Government of West Bengal and from UGC. Eligible faculties of the University are also getting fellowship like “INSPIRE fellowship”, “ICSSR fellowship” etc. The University carries out its extension activities and outreach programmes through its teaching departments, NSS and NCC units. The teachers are assigned these activities in addition to their normal duties. Environmental Awareness, Adult Education and Literacy, Health and Hygiene Awareness, Blood Donation Camps and Medical Camps etc are also conducted. The University library has more than 61598 Volumes of text and reference books, 51 journals/ periodicals and magazines and it subscribes to 7 leading daily newspapers. There is a reading room attached to the library. At present Central Library of the University is going to be digitalized and such related work is in full swing. The University has facilities for sports. It has a playground for games like football, cricket, volleyball, etc. The University has an indoor gymnasium for the students & staff. There is a medical officer for the students who attends them on working days and also in case of emergency.
The Raiganj University runs with the financial support of the Government of West Bengal. University situated in a remote border area has a special role to play in spreading education amongst backward and economically weaker sections of the population.
Dr. Durlav Sarkar, PhD
West Bengal, India