Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV) is an agricultural university in West Bengal, India, established in 1974. The university is headquartered at Mohanpur, Nadia, with three regional stations located in different agro-climatic zones, serving the southern districts of West Bengal. BCKV has two faculties: one for Horticulture and one for Agricultural Engineering. The university also has a Farmers Training Centre, a Medical Investigation Unit, and a campus at Kalyani. In February 2001, BCKV underwent major structural changes, with its North Bengal Campus and three Northern Regional Stations becoming a separate agricultural university, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya (UBKV), to cater to the needs of agriculture in North Bengal.
The Kalyani Viswavidyalaya has a Central Library with a collection of over 69,000 books, 350 Indian Standards, 2600 theses, 24,000 back volumes of periodicals, 208 current journals, 125 non-book materials, and 175 e-documents. It offers various services such as GD ROM database service, photocopying, email and internet services, OPAC, audio-visual, inter-library loan services, and consultancy services. The average daily visitor count is 200 and the library is used by over 1500 registered users, including students, research scholars, teachers, and non-teaching staff.
The university also has a Directorate of Research which coordinates the research activities at various research stations, units, and projects. It offers training programs and farm advisory services and arranges farmer-scientist interface sessions. The Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) has been established to provide solutions to farmers’ location-specific problems and make available technological information.
The university has a placement cell that has tie-ups with national organizations to assist students in getting suitable placements. It also has special orientation programs for students interested in setting up their own industry.
The university has a hostel, which is compulsory for undergraduate students. However, day scholars who reside within 15 km of the Mohanpur campus can opt out.