The college consists of 20 departments in various disciplines in the Arts and Science streams, all of which conduct both honours and general courses excepting the Computer Science department which only offer general course and Geography and Microbiology which only offer honours courses. Computer Science was introduced in 2007 and provides another attractive combination option for the honours students of Physics, Mathematics and Statistics.
B.Ed Course is not taught at Lady Brabourne College.
Students are admitted only to honours courses and are required to select a major subject as honours along with two subsidiary subjects. In addition, two languages also have to be studied. While any of the twenty subjects listed under 'Departments' may be taken as honours excepting for Computer Science, the choice of subsidiary subjects is restricted to certain combinations. From 2006 the college follows the new (1+1+1) system of examination as stipulated by Calcutta University (Click Admission)
The academic session is reckoned from June to May of every year, and all academic programmes including examinations are listed date-wise in an academic college calendar published annually.
Students are accepted from all Indian boards as well as from abroad. Admission to the Degree courses usually begin after the results of the Higher Secondary Examinations conducted by the Council for the Higher Secondary Education, West Bengal are published. Admission is conducted strictly on the basis of merit. In some cases candidates may be required to sit for written tests in their intended honours subject.
A M.Sc. course in Geography was introduced in November 2003 under the affiliation of Calcutta University. The total student strength is 27 per batch. The department offers special papers on Regional Planning and Population Geography and Welfare study in second year. A well equipped GIS laboratory is available to the students.
The Department is well equipped with surveying, water and soil testing and mapping instruments. Aerial photograph interpretation is taught with sufficient number of stereoscopes. The Department has satellite imageries available to the students for visual interpretation and is planning to introduce image processing classes as well. The new syllabus being formulated has included classes on the use of GPS for map making. The Department possesses sufficient number of GPS handsets for training the students.
A post graduate course following syllabus of Calcutta University (semester system) in Microbiology (affiliated to the University of Calcutta for M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry) is offered since 2005. The number of seats for this course is 15. The department arranges short courses on Genetic Engineering and Microbial Biotechnology conducted by reputed organisation. Students of this department participate in a one and a half month long project work in the department itself during their third semester.
In 2006, Dept. of Mathematics started a specially designed 2-year MSc. course affiliated to Calcutta University with an availability of 20 seats. The course has been designed with a focus on applications to Computer Science and Mathematical Modeling in various fields. Special papers on Operations Research and Mathematical methods in soft computing are being offered in second year.
The College was granted permission by the Higher Education Department, Governmenrt of West Bengal and the University of Calcutta to open its PG programme in Physics. Initially 15 seats have been approved for the course which admitted its first batch of students in November 2007.The syllabus being taught is that prescribed by Calcutta University. Condensed Matter Physics is offered as a special paper. During the fourth semester, each student has to carry out project work on theoretical/experimental area. The College is indebted to S.N.Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata for offering support by way of grants for equipments. Faculty support may also be forthcoming.
- Political Science
Post Graduate course in English
The Department of English offers a two-year PG course (autonomous) approved by the University of Calcutta. There are 8 papers comprising:
- Core courses
- Optional courses
- Term paper
- Viva voce
The syllabus focuses on the English literary tradition from medieval to modern times. It opens up at the same time various new areas such as Indian Writing in English, Literature and Gender, Post- Colonial Theory and Culture Studies, Literature and Visual Arts etc. The number of seats for this course is 15.
Post Graduate course in Bengali
One year Post Graduate Course For Microbiologists / Nutritionists - Both Girls and Boys
This is the first time (2011) one Post Graduate Vocational Course on 'Food and Drug Safety' has been introduced for Microbiologists/ Nutritionists in Kolkata. Those who are not willing to join M.Sc or Ph.D programme in Microbiology/ Food and Nutrition may join this programme of one year and after completion of which they will be ready for a job. The syllabus of the course is designed in such a way that the candidate will become suitable for a Food Analyst or a laboratory assistant post or a post for the technician of a Food Analysis or, a Food Processing or a Food Manufacturing company or a drug Analysis or a Drug Manufacturing Industry. Duration of the Course is from July to June.
The Course has been sponsored by University Grants Commission and the Diploma will be conferred by University of Calcutta.
Two batches have already passed and well established , Third batch has appeared in the examination in 2014.
The last date for application for the Food & Drug Safety Course has been extended to 31st July as the B. Sc Result of Calcutta University has not been published yet.
The First Phase of Admission will be done on 19th July, 2014 from 11-00AM to 1-00PM at the Department of Microbiology.
The second phase of Admission will be done on 1st of August 2014 at the same time and at the same venue.
Original documents of University Examinations, SC/ST certificate and date of birth and an amoumt of Rs 12,000/- are to be carried during the admission process.
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UGC sponsored remedial classes are being held in the college for S.C./S.T. and minority community students since 2008. Such students are urged to take full advantage of these classes so that the exercise is rendered worthwhile.