Brief History and Vision of the Centre

The UGC- Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC), formerly known as the Academic Staff College (ASC), University of Calcutta has successfully completed its 25 years of glorious existence since it was established on 08 October 1990 during the F. Y. 1990-91 in the highly esteemed Rashbehari Siksha Parngan (University College of Science & Technology Campus, Rajabazar) of the University of Calcutta, a University with Potential for Excellence (UGC-UPE) Five Star (Grade-A) institution of higher education in India.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has certified our Centre as one of the ‘Performer’ ASCs (ranked within 5 out of 55 in 2012) in the country. So far, the UGC-HRDC, CU has effectively organized more than 500 Orientation Programmes, Refresher Courses, Interdisciplinary Refresher Courses, Summer/ Winter Schools, and Short Term Courses to enhance teaching, research and educational administration skills of nearly 20000 young teacher participants coming from various parts of the country; and also Interdisciplinary Programmes/ Research Methodology Courses for the research scholars, and Workshops for educational administrators of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) of West Bengal. Among the participants approximately 50 percent were women, and many of them coming from backward areas and communities.

The Centre has published more than 30 monographs and proceedings of the different academic programmes it has organized since inception.

Currently the Centre is functioning as a UGC sponsored autonomous institution with competent Local Programme Planning and Management Committee (LPPMC) - the advisory committee, and academic staffs of the University of Calcutta. It has 2 class rooms, 1 independent office with computerized data management system, 1library with about 3000 books and journals along with computerized accession register, 1 man-machine interface laboratory, and 1 guest house with all modern facilities. The University has already taken initiatives for expansion and modernization of the facilities keeping in mind the national and global standards.

Directors Since Inception

  1. Prof. Nityananda Saha (Nov 1990 - Jun 1993)
  2. Prof Santosh Sarkar (Jul 1993 - Dec 1993)
  3. Prof. Priyalal Majumdar (Feb 1994 - Oct 2000)
  4. Prof. Binay Kanti Dutta (Nov 2000 - Jan 2006)
  5. Prof. Dipes Chandra Nath (Jan 2006 -Feb 2014)
  6. Prof. Bidyut Baran Konar ( Feb 2014-Mar 2015)
  7. Prof Ashutosh Ghosh (Mar 2015- May 2015)
  8. Prof Basab Chaudhuri (Jun 2015 -Aug 2015)
  9. Prof. Lakshminarayan Satpati (Sep 2015 - )


List of Courses Conducted (Last Two Years)


F. Y.: 2014-15

Orientation Programme (OP) : No.# 105, 106, 107, 108 and 109

Refresher Course (RC): Physics, Mathematics, Business Studies, Earth Science, Chemistry, Life Science, Economics, History, Philosophy and Social Science, and Bengali

Short Term Course (STC): Research Methodology, and Sanskrit and Pali

Special Summer School (SSS): Disciplines of Science & Technology


F. Y.: 2015-16

Orientation Programme (OP) : No.# 110, 111, 112, 113

Refresher Course (RC): Chemistry, Life Science, Disaster Management, Bengali, Philosophy, Commerce, Environmental Studies

Short Term Course (STC): Basic Science, Social Science

Special Summer School (SSS): Arts and Humanities

Principals’ Workshop: Use of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) in Higher Education Institutions


List of Participants (Last two financial years)