Established in 1857, the University of Calcutta is located in Kolkata. It is the first modern university in the Indian subcontinent. The University has a number of campuses spread all over the metropolis and its suburbs. This university has a tradition of producing some of the most brilliant students. Some of the notable graduates of the University are Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Narendranath Datta (Swami Vivekananda), Subhas Chandra Bose and Amartya Sen.
The University of Calcutta's current courses include both postgraduate and research programs. The various subject areas that are covered are agriculture, arts, commerce, social welfare, business management, education, journalism, library science, engineering, technology, fine arts, music, law, science, information technology, women's studies, forensic science, sports, mass communication, and counseling.
The University has established various centers for specialized studies. These include the Dr. B.C. Guha Centre, Gandhian Studies Centre, Centre for Urban Economic Studies, S. K. Mitra Centre for Space Environment, Centre for Photonics, Peace Studies Research Centre, and Centre for Testing & Training for Providing Technical back up to the Beneficiaries for Agricultural & Horticultural Development.
The Libraries of Calcutta University consist of the Central Library, two campus Libraries, thirty-nine departmental libraries and two libraries of the advanced centers. The libraries are spread over eight campuses. Departmental libraries are located within the department concerned. The University library has a collection of more than 800,000 books. There are also nearly 200,000 volumes of bound journals, M.Phil and PhD dissertations, proceedings of conferences, reports, maps, standards, patents, newspapers, manuscripts, micro-films, and CD-ROMs.