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Aliah University

Aliah University
আলিয়া বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়

Allamal insaana maa lam ya’lam

(English translation) Taught man what he did not know.

1780: Aliya Madrasah

2008: Aliah University
Type Technical, education and research institution

His Excellency Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi ,

Honourable Governor of West Bengal.
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Abu Taleb Khan[1]
Prof. Syed Samsul Alam (Ex)
Location Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Campus Park Circus, New Town, Taltala
Affiliations UGC, AICTE, Government of India
Website Official website

Aliah University (Bengali: আলিয়া বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, informally known as AU), is a state government controlled[2] minority autonomous university in New Town, West Bengal, India. Previously known as Mohammedan College of Calcutta, it was elevated to university in 2008.[2] It offers multiple modern day professional undergraduate and postgraduate programs in different Engineering, Arts, Science and Management subjects respectively.[3] Professor Abu Taleb Khan is its present vice chancellor.[4]


  • Description 1
  • Administration 2
  • Admission 3
  • Campus 4
  • Departments 5
  • University library 6
  • Students activities 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Aliah University has with it the rich heritage of the 235-year-old educational and cultural institution, Mohammedan College of Calcutta, popularly known as Madrasah-i-Aliah or Calcutta Madrasah, the first educational institution set up in India in 1780 by Warren Hastings, the then Governor General of India. Thus, one of the oldest centres of higher learning and culture, the institution is steeped in history. Many eminent scholars were associated with this institution as administrators, principals, teachers as well as students.


  • Chancellor (Amir-I-Jamia) : His Excellency Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal.
  • Vice-Chancellor (Shaikh-Ul-Jamia) : Prof. Dr. Abu Taleb Khan
  • Registrar (Musajjil) : Dr. Anwar Hussain Dafadar
  • Deputy Registrar : Dr. SK Ashfaque Ali
  • Controller of Examinations : (Mudir-Ul-Imtihanat): Dr. Tanvir Ahmed
  • Officer on Special Duty : (Al-Muazzaf-Al-Khass) Dr. Ansar Alam


Admission to most undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Aliah University is granted through written entrance examinations. Admission to M.S. and Ph.D. programmes is based primarily on a personal interview, though candidates have to take written tests as well. But Ph.D programme is open to all, not only for the Aliah Universities students.

Admission to undergraduate programmes is based on merit rank of the "Aliah University Admission Test" (AUAT), which consists of a written examination of multiple choice type questions (MCQ), clearing of which leads to an interview and final selection of the candidate. Candidates who qualify for admission through AUAT can apply for admission to LLM. ( Masters of Law ), B.Tech. (Bachelor of Technology), Integrated MBA (Master of Business Administration), Integrated MCA (Master of Computer Applications), Integrated M.Sc. (Master of Science) and Integrated M.A. (Master of Arts) courses in different Engineering, Business, Science and Arts subjects.[5] Currently,Aliah University started M.Tech. (Master of Technology). But for now only the student who have completed their from Aliah University they are eligible to take admission here.


Aliah University has four campuses for different types of curriculum located at Park Circus, Taltala and New Town (Rajarhat). [6]

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal laid the foundation stone of 'Aliah University Campus' at Rajarhat on 15 December 2011.[7] Later on 11 November 2014 Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the finished campus. New Town campus contains 1156 class rooms with a capacity of 12000 students and houses Science and Technology students only. The campus also has separate boy's and girl's hostel currently under construction. New Town campus also has three annexure buildings dedicated for various laboratories and a central library.

The Park circus campus is used to house Arts & Nursing students, while the Taltala campus houses the Islamic Theology students and the main office.

Newtown Rajarhat Campus


  • Hospital Management
  • Marketing & Retail Management
  • Media Science (Journalism and Mass Communication)
  • Islamic Jurisprudence and Law

Aliah University has started its academic programmes from the 2008-09 academic session. At present, it offers the following courses:

5-year integrated M.A. in Arabic (with a provision of dual degree, 3-year B.A. Hons. + 2-year M.A.).

5-year integrated M.A. in Islamic Theology (with a provision of dual degree, 3-year B.A. Hons. + 2-year M.A.). (Equivalent to the combination of the existing 3-year Kamil (UG) course and the MM (PG) course)†.

2-year M.A. in English. 2-year M.Sc. in Geography.

5-year integrated M.A. in English (with a provision of dual degree, 3-year B.A. Hons. + 2-year M.A.).

5-year integrated M.Sc. in (a) Computer Science, (b) Chemistry (with specialization in Medicinal Chemistry), (c) Physics (with specialization in Engineering Physics), (d) Mathematics & Computing, (e) Statistics & Informatics, (f) Economics, and (g) Geography.

4-year B.Tech. / 5-year dual-degree M.Tech. (Computer Scence & Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering).

5-year integrated MCA*.

5-year integrated MBA*. (SPECIAL IN MARKETING & HR)

2-Year M.A. / M.Sc. in Media Science (Journalism & Mass communication)*.

All these courses are being taught under the semester system, as advocated by the UGC and as it is the prevalent system in modern universities the world over. Letter-grading has been adopted in our examination system. All our courses and curricula are designed to provide an interface between the academy, the industry, and employment market.

All the courses are the most contemporary and have innovative curricula designed to enhance the students’ knowledge, experience, and ethical values. Moreover, the 5-year integrated course, it is hoped, will certainly reduce the vexed problem of drop-out at the graduation level which is the highest among the socially and educationally backward minorities.

With the progress of infrastructure development, new faculties and courses will be introduced gradually. Along with the traditional theological courses and religious studies and the already started professional courses, Aliah University, depending on the availability of space, will offer 5-year integrated M.A. in Bengali, Urdu, Persian, Islamic History, Modern History, Sociology and Public Administration, 5-year integrated M.Com., 2-year PG Diploma in Islamic Finance and Banking and 1-year Diploma Course in Islamic Insurance under the Faculty of Commerce and Business. There has been a great deal of interest and demand in the two last-named areas; there are also worldwide employment opportunities in Business and Media. And yet, not much scope is available for formal study in this subject. Therefore, we have planned to offer these courses at Aliah University.

It has been stipulated in the Aliah University Act 2007 that one major objective of Aliah University will be to offer, encourage, promote, and expand the opportunities of higher education in modern technological and professional courses along with the classical languages, oriental studies, religious studies and Islamic culture, comparative religion and interdisciplinary studies among the socially and educationally backward Minorities of the State. It has also been suggested that centres of excellence for higher studies and research in these various subjects may be developed by joint initiative, i.e., Public-Private Partnership, if required. All the necessary steps shall be taken to fulfil these objectives. The University firmly believes that by creating and promoting educational opportunities in these diverse ways and in so wide varieties of branches of learning and research, it will promote national integration, secularism, international understanding and humanism as well as a quest for knowledge and wisdom.

University library

Aliah University has three libraries in its three different campuses. These have a collection of several engineering and science departments & literature in Islamic Theology, Islamic Jurisprudence and Law, Arabic, Humanities as well as books, periodicals, journals, magazines, papers from a wide range of national and international backgrounds.The Central Library is housed in a three-storey building connected through the gang way with the admin building of Rajarhat Campus. It has the biggest stock of books, journals, pamphlets, maps, newsletters and souviners in the university. The total record of books in the university is around 0.1 million. In addition there are so many journals, theses etc.

Students activities

The students of Aliah University are involved in extra-curricular activities, and students have their own web portal. Aliah University also organizes an annual fest, InCreation, at the end of the odd semester. Also they organize Annual Sports program.

See also


  1. ^ [ _new_vc_aliah_university.html "IIT Guwahati professor to become new VC of Aliah University"] . TwoCircles. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Aliah University". IndiaSite Official. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Aliah University". Higher Education in India. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Aliah University". UGC Official Website. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Aliah University, India". Study Abroad Universities. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "CM lays foundation of Aliah varsity campus at Rajarhat". Times of India. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
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