If all goes well, there will be a brand new B school housed in the city of Kolkata. The Jadavpur University is most likely to start a post graduate degree awarding b-school and also a law school, that will start functioning from the 2015 academic session. The law school will be on the line of the national law schools of the country.
The groundwork regarding both the b-school and the law school are underway. For the broad framework of the b-school, institutions like IIM Calcutta, XLRI, Jamshedpur and XIM Bhubaneshwar, have already been contacted. Similarly, for the law school, JU is in touch with the National University for Juridical Sciences (NUJS).
Interim vice chancellor of JU, Abhijit Chakraborty, who is about to take up his position as the full time VC of the university confirmed this. "We did have a few management programmes but they were not full scale MBA programmes like the IIMs have. The JU b-school, will have full fledged two year mamanagement programmes that will award MBA degrees to students. This university has arts, science and technology faculties but we always felt that management and law studies were two areas which were wanting here and which would make us complete," Chakraborty said.
"We are presently studying the syllabus of both the IIMs and the Xavier's run b-schools like XLRI and XIMB. We hope to distil the best from what they are teaching in our two year course curriculum," he added. The university will make use of the National Instruments Laboratory campus opposite the original Jadavpur campus to house both the b-school and the law school. The huge NIL campus had been lying in a dysfunctional state and JU had taken possession of it a few years back. "We have tied up with the DRDO for research at the NIL campus already. The understanding is that the DRDO will spruce up the campus and maintain it for us in return for using half of it. The remaining half will be used by us for the b-school and law school," Chakraborty explained.
While JU will go ahead with its plans for setting up the b-school immediately, the law school will have to wait till the 2016 academic session.