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The Kolkata campus of the Indian Statistical Institute is located
in a sprawling 30-acre estate on the Barrackpore Trunk Road (B.T. Road) in the
Baranagore suburb of Greater Kolkata. It consists of two approximately equal
parts - the office complex and the residential complex, - separated by a public
road. This road (Girish Chand Ghosh Street) connects B.T. Road with Gopal Lal
Tagore Road, a road which runs along the western boundary of the main campus.
The office complex bears door numbers 202, 203 and 204, and the residential
complex, 205 and 206. There is no connection between the two parts of the
campus; to move between the residential and office complexes, one has to come
out on B.T. Road and enter the other campus. There is also a narrow public road
that separates 202 and 203 B.T. Road. There is however, a direct connection
between these two premises.
The principal buildings in the office complex are the Main Bulding,
Building, the Library Building, the Administration
Building and the Amrapali. The residential campus at 205 and 206 B.T. Road
premises includes, apart from several staff quarters, the Guest House, the
Medical Welfare Unit, the Boys' Hostel, the Research Scholars'
and ISEC hostel, the Ladies hostel, and parts of several service units. Some
residential quarters are located in Deluxe Garden, an enclaved located on the
west side of the Gopal Lal Tagore Road, near the office campus. ISI also owns Gupta Nivas, a
property located on the east side of B.T. Road, north of the office campus. This
building has a remarkable history, but is no longer in use.
The registered office of the Indian Statistical Institute for the
purpose of society activities is at 7, Camac Street, Kolkata 700016. This
office also serves as the City Office of the Institute. Some meetings of the ISI
(society) are held here.
A part of the SQCOR Unit
of Kolkata is located in the city office. The central office of this unit
is located in Amrapali,
while the SQC Training & Promotional Unit is located in the Geology Building.
The ISI campus lies five kilometers North of the Shyambazar
five-point crossing. If you are coming from the airport, drive towards Dunlop
Bridge (via Nager Bazar and Chiria More). If you are coming from
the downtown area or one of the railway stations, you will have to drive past
Shyambazar and Chiria More. As you approach Dunlop Bridge, the
boundary wall of the ISI campus will be visible on your left. The residential
campus is at the Bus Stop called Bon Hooghly and the office campus is at
the Bus Stop called ISI or Statistical. The Bus Stop further to
the Statistical Bus Stop is Dunlop Bridge, which is an important
landmark. Dunlop Bridge is also a useful way of describing the general
destination when you are asking for directions.
If you miss the ISI gates and reach the Dunlop Bridge
intersection, take a sharp left turn into Gopal Lal Tagore Road. The ISI campus will be on your left. The first entrance on your
left leads you straight into the Library Building.
If you are coming from the airport or one of the railway stations,
it is better to hire a taxi from the prepaid taxi booth. The prepaid taxi
fare is marginally higher than normal (approximately Rs. 130 from the
airport, Rs. 120 from Howrah, and Rs. 100 from Sealdah) but it is a
surer and safer mode of
transport. While hiring a prepaid taxi, mention Dunlop Bridge as your
Meter information (as of December, 2004):
The taxi driver is also supposed to carry a conversion chart with the
validation date clearly marked on it.
- Mechanical meters (an old box attached outside the cab):
Intial Reading: Rs. 5.00
Total Fare: Rs. 3 x meter reading
- Electronics meters (usually attached inside the cab):
Intial Reading: Rs. 10.00
Total Fare: Rs. 1.50 x meter reading
- Extra charges for taking a taxi to the airport: Rs. 10
There are a large number of buses and minibuses that pass by the
Institute campus. Almost any bus that goes to Dunlop Bridge
passes by the ISI gates. The buses that pass by the ISI gates are 11,
32A, 34B/1, 78, 78/1, 78/2, 78A, 78B, 78C, 201, 214, 230, 234, DN9,
DN9/1, L9A, L11, L20, L20A, M1, M2, M6, S9, S11, S32, GL32, GLS32, and
SS4. The minibuses plying from Howrah to
Nimta/Belgharia/Rathtala, from BBD Bag to Dunlop Bridge, from Babughat to
Sodepur/New Barrackpore and from Metiaburuj to Srirampur go past the ISI gates
before reaching Dunlop Bridge. While riding the bus from the city, the
major bus stops on your way (from South to North) would be Shyambazar,
Chiria More, Sinthi More and Tobin Road. The Bon
Hooghly Bus Stop is just North of the Bus Stop at Ananya Cinema. This is
where you have to get down in order to enter the residential campus. The next
Bus Stop is ISI/Statistical, which is located just outside the entrance
of the main office campus at 204, B.T. Road.
Kolkata is warm and humid most of the year around. However, the
winter months, say, from November to February are cool, sunny, dry and very
pleasant. Monsoon hits Kolkata generally in the second week of June and lasts
till the end of September. During this period it rains regularly. The total
rainfall during the season is about 20 cm. The temperature in summer goes up to
about 37 Celsius and the relative humidity up to 100%. During winter months the
temperature ranges from about 10 to 20 Celsius and the relative humidity is
around 50%. Light woolen clothing is necessary during winter in Kolkata.
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