Kalyani is a progressive, well planned and dynamic town in the outskirts of Kolkata (Calcutta) city in the Nadia district of West Bengal. It is the first planned city of West Bengal with modern town planning and landscaping. Kalyani provides a green and pollution free environment and a calm and serene ambiance suited to students in pursuit of their higher education.
The planning of the town of Kalyani was conceived in the year 1950, and it was envisaged as a premier industrial and educational center in the State. The town covers a geographical area of about 29.14 sq. kms. and is principally divided into two blocs- Kalyani Shilpanchat and Kalyani. Kalyani Shilpanchal is conceived primarily as an industrial area and it has numerous large and small industrial units. Kalyani including Kalyani Ghoshpara and Kalyani Simanta has four important centers of higher education including the University of Kalyani, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswaviclyalaya (Agricultural University), the West Bengal University of Technology and Netaji Subhas Open University. Besides, Kalyani has numerous other centres of general, special and technical education which include Kalyani Mahavidyalaya, B.Ed. College, Govt. Engineering College, Telecom Training Center W.B.N.V.F. Training Center Institute of Pharmacy, Health and Family Welfare Training Centre, B.S.F. Training Institute, Netaji Subhas Co-operative Training College, Industrial Training Institute (ITI), State Institute of Panchayet & Rural Development (SIPRD) and numerous primary, secondary and higher secondary schools.
Kalyani is situated at a distance of about 50 Kms from Sealdah and Howrah railway stations in Kolkata. An efficient rail and road network makes the town easily accessible by public and private transport.
Kalyani town has four railway stations – Kalyani Main, Kalyani Shilpanchal, Kalyani Ghoshpara and Kalyani Simanta. The nearest Railway station from SKALI is Kalyani Ghoshpara which is only 4-minutes walk. It is linked with the Sealdah railway station in Kolkata by local train called ‘Kalyani Simanta Local’ running between Kalyani Simanta station and Kolkata Sealdah station. Kalyani Main station, at a distance of about 2 kms from SKAIL, is virtually a railway junction having a network of rail lines connecting it with Kolkata, Ranaghat, Lalgola, Krishna Nagar, South Kolkata and various other places.
Kalyani is well connected by road link and is easily accessible by private transport and bus service from different places. The important bus routes connecting Kalyani are: Kalyani – Kolkata, Kalyani – Kanchrapara, Kanchrapara – Birahi (via Kalyani), Kanchrapara – Jaguli (via Kalyani), Kalyani – Nimtala, Chunchura – Nabadwip (via Kalyani), Kalyani – Moinaguri, Kalyani – Siliguri, Kalyani – Barakar (Bardhaman), Gayespur – Mogra (via Kalyani), etc.
Historical, social and cultural perspective
The historical importance of Kalyani cannot be ignored. It is a place of considerable historical interest. It was Roosevelt Town during II World War. The Sati Maa Ashram and Darga of Manik Pir are the important places of social and cultural interest.
Community services and recreation facilities
The town also has a rich cultural heritage having a number of Community Libraries, Community Centers Auditorium, Halls, Sports Stadium, Cinema Halls, and Picnic Spots. The Picnic Garden and Central Park are major tourist attractions.
Healthcare and medical facilities
Kalyani enjoys good healthcare and medical facilities which are available from a host of general and special hospitals like Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Hospital, Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Netaji Subhas Sanatorium Hospital, E.S.I. Hospital, Ayurveda Hospital and numerous private nursing homes.
Dining and Cafeteria
A cafeteria is available within the SKAIL campus. The Cafeteria serves light refreshments, snacks, tea and coffee, etc. to the students and members of faculty and staff at SKAIL.
SKAIL will provide healthcare services by a qualified doctor who will be available in the Halls of Residence once a week. All those residents who need medical assistance can consult the doctor. It is proposed to establish a medical and healthcare center within SKAIL permanent campus with resident doctors and nursing staff.