The Department of Jute and Fibre Technology (DJFT), a Technology Department of the University of Calcutta formerly known as Institute of Jute Technology (IJT), is situated at 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata – 700 019 in South Calcutta Campus of the University of Calcutta (commonly known as Ballygunge Science College Campus ). Institute of Jute Technology was founded on 10th March, 1951, jointly by the University of Calcutta and Indian Jute Mill’s Association (IJMA) on a piece of land of the University of Calcutta donated by Tarak Nath Palit Trust. The main objective of this Institute was to cater education and training to fulfill the HRD needs of jute and allied fibre sector for development of qualified   technical manpower and training of mill-personnel for the Indian Jute Mills as recommended by the “Appointment Board” of the University of Calcutta, way back in 1940. The financial expenditure was initially maintained by the IJMA and their member mills of IJT up to 1982. Jute Manufactures Development Council (JMDC), Ministry of Textiles , Govt of India came forward to help this Institute financially initially on adhoc basis since 1982 and on five year MOU basis from 1991-92.  National Jute Board (NJB), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, [earlier known as Jute Manufactures Development Council (JMDC)], has provided continued financial support to this Institute through Memorandum of Understanding with the approval of the Ministry of Textiles. Recently University of Calcutta has come forward to take financial responsibility for running this Institute with the consent of State Govt. of West Bengal, Higher Education Department. Accordingly on and from 1st July, 2011, this Institute has been converted into a Technology Department of the University of Calcutta with the concurrence from the Govt. of West Bengal and named as the “Department of Jute and Fibre Technology (DJFT), Institute of Jute Technology, University of Calcutta.”

In addition, this department ( erstwhile IJT)  is also receiving capital and project based financial grants from time to time for implementing various Training Project, R & D projects and other Developmental activities from different Govt. agencies like, MHRD, AICTE, CSIR, JMDC/NJB,Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, International organizations like United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Jute Study Group (IJSG) etc.

Earlier this institute conducted post-B.Sc. two and a half year Diploma in Jute Technology and Post-Diploma 1 year B. Tech in Jute Technology (Jute/Fibre Technology) and discontinued them in 1999.  Instead, since 1999, four year B. Tech in Jute and Fibre Technology course was introduced in tune with the all India pattern for the engineering degree courses. The admission to this Four year B Tech Course was through WBJEE. In 2008, the Institute modified the 4-year B. Tech courses to semester system and started 8 semester courses in B. Tech in Jute and Fibre Technology and B. Tech in Jute Technology. The Institute also started M. Tech course in Textile Technology (Technical Textiles) in the year 2005. Since 1967, this Institute is conducting two regular short technician certificate courses, known as Junior Level Supervisors’ Courses, one in spinning and the other in weaving, each with duration of three months. This Institute has recently another JLS course in maintenance of Jute machinery for the need of Industry. The courses are meant for the persons working in jute mills in supervisory level for a long time but do not have any formal technical education. After converting this Institute, as technological department of Jute and Fibre Technology of University of Calcutta, the present intake of B.Tech in Jute and Fibre Technology is increased to 60 (instead of two B.Tech Course in Jute and Fibre Technology and in Jute Technology with 20 intake in each). Moreover, considering the interest of IJMA and Jute  industry as a whole  for commencement of 2 year Post B.Sc P.G Level Diploma Course in Jute Technology (discontinued since 1999),it  has been decided by the University of Calcutta  to reintroduce 2 years post B.S c Post Graduate Diploma in Jute Technology and Management course, with the financial assistance National Jute Board ,Ministry of Textiles,Government of India,  which is expected to be started  in the academic session 2011 – 2012 or 2012 – 13.