- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies Established 1993 Type Research Institution Director Professor H.S.Vasudevan Location Kolkata, West Bengal, India Campus Urban Website Official website
The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata is an autonomous research institute under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, based at Calcutta. It is devoted to Area Studies, with special reference to South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia, especially dealing with social, cultural, economic, political and administrative developments in Asia from the nineteenth century to the present. M.Phil. and Ph.D. level students of the University of Calcutta and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi are also associated with it. The institute is named after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the nationalist leader and India's first Education Minister.
- Barun De, 1993-1997
- Mahavir Singh, 2000-2005
- H.S.Vasudevan, 2007-Present
The need for a research institute devoted to area studies, especially to the study of secular Islam in Asian countries was felt in the late 1980s, with few such institutes and universities existing in India at that time. The Governor of West Bengal, Professor Saiyid Nurul Hasan, took the main initiative in founding such an institute in Calcutta. It took a few years before such a plan could be fully implemented, and the foundation stone of the Institute was laid on a newly acquired plot off J.B.S. Haldane Sarani, in Salt Lake in Calcutta in 1993 by the then President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, in the presence of the then Human Resource Development Minister Shri Arjun Singh, Professor S. Nurul Hasan and the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, Shri Jyoti Basu. Professor Barun De, formerly First-Director, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, was given the responsibility of organising the event.
The Institute was founded with Prof. Nurul Hasan, as the First-President of its Society. Professor Satish Chandra, formerly Chairman, University Grants Commission, Delhi, was appointed as the First-Chairman of the Executive Council and Prof. Barun De was appointed as the First-Director of the Institute.
The Institute started functioning out of the library of Prof. Barun De in his house on Ballygunge Circular Road. At this time the former residence of Maulana Azad at 5, Ashraf Mistry Lane (better known locally as Lovelock Lane, off Ballygunge Circular Road), was handed over by the Government of West Bengal to the Institute. It was meant house a museum. Soon the Institute shifted to 567, Diamond Harbour Road, Calcutta, where it temporarily occupied two large floors of a rented house. Later, at the turn of the present century, it was shifted to Maulana Azad's house, where both the Institute and its museum were located until 2010. A new building has been subsequently built on the plot given to it in Salt Lake, where the Institute has now been shifted. The museum will remain in Maulana Azad's house.
It is registered as a Society under the West Bengal Registration of Societies Act, 1961. It is mainly financed by the Ministry of Culture and also the Government of India. His Excellency, Shri M.K. Narayanan, the Governor of West Bengal is the President of the Society of the Institute. Shri Shyam Saran, a former Foreign Secretary of India, is the present Chairman of the Executive Council. Professor H.S.Vasudevan, Professor of History, Calcutta University, is the Institute's present Director.
Some members of the Society are Barun De and Krishnan Srinivasan.
Maulana Azad's home is an example of twentieth century colonial architecture. It is situated off the Ballygunge maidan and close to landmark buildings of the city. The location of the new building is also well-appointed, given its centrality in Salt Lake. It is close to other educational institutions, such as the Calcutta campus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, the S.N. Bose National Centre for the Basic Sciences, Calcutta, the Salt Lake campus of Jadavpur University, Calcutta, the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Calcutta and the National University of Juridical Sciences, Calcutta.
University of Calcutta
Vice Chancellor: Professor Suranjan Das
Affiliated or associated institutes for advanced research
Bose Institute · Bengal Music College · Calcutta Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology · Carey Institute of Horticulture · Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta · Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata · Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science · Indian Centre for Space Physics · Indian Institute of Astrophysics · Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management · Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata · Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata · Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences · Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics · S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences
Faculties of the university
Faculty of Agriculture · Faculty of Arts · Faculty of Commerce, Social Welfare & Business Management · Faculty of Education, Journalism and Library Science · Faculty of Engineering & Technology · Faculty of Fine Arts, Music and Home Science · Faculty of Law · Faculty of Science
Centres of the university
A. K. Choudhury School of Information Technology · Women's Studies Research Centre · Dr. B.C. Guha Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology · Gandhian Studies Centre · Centre for Urban Economic Studies · S. K. Mitra Centre for Space Environment · Peace Studies Research Centre · Centre for Testing and Training for Providing Technical Back up to the Beneficiaries for Agricultural and Horticultural Development · University Science Instrumentation Centre · Centre for Horticultural Studies · Centre for Millimeter Wave Semiconductor Devices & Systems · Centre for Pakistan and West Asian Studies · Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology · Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities · Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies · Centre for Studies in Book Publishing · Centre for the Study of China and her Neighbourhood · Nehru Studies Centre
Colleges or institutes offering autonomous postgraduate courses
Bose Institute · Fakir Chand College · Goenka College of Commerce and Business Administration · Lady Brabourne College · Maulana Azad College · Netaji Nagar Day College · Ramakrishna Mission Residential College · Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira · Rammohan College · Sanskrit College · Scottish Church College, Calcutta · St. Xavier's College, Calcutta · Vidyasagar College · Vijaygarh Jyotish Ray College
Colleges classified as Centers with Potential for Excellence by the University Grants Commission
Bijoy Krishna Girls’ College · Bethune College · Lady Brabourne College · Loreto College, Kolkata · Maulana Azad College · Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira · Scottish Church College, Calcutta · St. Xavier's College, Calcutta
Colleges that earned grade A and above by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council
Bethune College · Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata · Lady Brabourne College · Loreto College, Kolkata · Ramakrishna Mission Residential College · Ramakrishna Mission Siksha Mandir · Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira · Scottish Church College, Calcutta · Serampore College · Shri Shikshayatan College · St. Xavier's College, Calcutta
B.Ed degree granting colleges
Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose College · Bijoy Krishna Girls’ College · Calcutta Girls’ B.T. College · David Hare Training College · Department of Education, University of Calcutta · Fakir Chand College · Institute of Education for Women · Loreto College, Kolkata · Ramakrishna Mission Siksha Mandir · Ramakrishna Mission Training Institute for the teachers of the Visually Handicapped · Sarisa B.Ed College · Scottish Church College, Calcutta · Shri Shikshayatan College · St. Xavier's College, Calcutta · State Institute of Physical Education for Women · Uluberia College
Self-financed B.Ed degree granting colleges
Gangadharpur Sikshan Mandir · Jagadish Chandra Bose Sikshak Sikshan · Raidighi B.Ed College · Sammilani Teachers’ Training College · Surendralal Das Teachers’ Training College
Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri Law College · South Calcutta Law College · Surendranath Law College · University Law College, Calcutta
Self-financed law colleges
Bikash Bharati Law College · Jyotirmoy School of Law · Rabindra Siksha Sammilani
Self-financed undergraduate colleges
Sree Agrasain College · Taradevi Harakhchand Kankaria Jain College
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