West Bengal (WB) is situated in eastern part of India. West Bengal has 18 universities. Kolkata has played a vital role in the development of the modern education system in the country. The University of Calcutta is the the oldest public university in India and has 136 affiliated colleges. The University of Calcutta and Jadavpur University are good technical universities. Visva-Bharati University at Santiniketan is a central university and nationally recognised institution.
The state has various higher education institutions of national importance such as Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM Kolkata), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Indian Statistical Institute, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (the first IIT), Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (the first IIEST), National Institute of Technology, Durgapur and West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences.
Other than these, the state has nationally renowned institutes like Kalyani University, The University of Burdwan, Vidyasagar University and North Bengal University. There are various research institutes in Kolkata, they are - The Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (first research institute in Asia), IACS. Bose Institute, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Variable Energy Cyclotron Center.
Premier colleges for doing MBA in Kolkata are Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; Vinod Gupta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata; National Institute of Technology, Durgapur; NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata; Army Institute of Management, Kolkata.