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  From the Principal's Desk

     Owing to its fortuitous conditions - the Hooghly river basin ensuring ample water, a fine port connecting it to other nodes and its unlimited possibility for growth with a vast hinterland to support it - Calcutta had become the chief industrial city of British India. Naturally, the demand for skilled engineers increased greatly in the first quarter of the twentieth century, and the few engineering colleges that existed at the time were hard-pressed.

It was then that the Calcutta Technical Institute Committee was appointed in 1912 to advise the government of Bengal on the question of creating Technical Institutes in Calcutta. The land was acquired in 1922 at the nominal rent of one rupee per annum, and after that the infrastructure was set up at an estimated expenditure of Rs 8.5 lakh. The institute was formally declared open on 1 February, 1926, under the guidance of British Principal E.G. Hogben.

The Calcutta Technical School is now one of the forty Govt. & Govt. sponsored polytechnics in West Bengal run by Department of Technical Education and Training. It offers Diploma courses in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Technology and Civil Engineering conducted by the West Bengal State Council of Technical Education. It's students strive towards excellence, even as they combine their technical training with other extra curricular activities, aiming to develop their potential to the fullest. The Institute also attempts to place its students with leading companies.

And it goes without saying that as independent India grows and tries to build infrastructure for all its 1.2 billion people as opposed to only administering to big cities, the value of our skilled students will only continue to increase.

I wish each student of CTS the very best in life. May they enjoy their work immensely.

Manidipa Roy

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