The University of Gour Banga is a State Aided University and it was established under the West Bengal Act XXVI of 2007 on 19th February 2008. During 2016, the University of Gour Banga has scaled important heights by acquiring the UGC 12(B) status, accreditation from the NAAC and a place in the top 200 Indian Universities under the NIRF. These facts become all the more remarkable when one considers that the University was established
in 2008 in the backward region of Malda, West Bengal to cater to the academic needs of the population of the three border districts of Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur. The University has aroused hope for better future in the young people of the region and is going from strength to strength with concerted effort, strong commitment and promises to offer suitable facilities to the students and the faculty in a vibrant and intellectually stimulating ambience.
The University is now primarily focusing on strengthening postgraduate education and research as well as evolving as a centre of excellence in a rural backdrop. The University wishes to grow further as a diverse and socially responsible learning community, providing a high quality of scholarship and equal opportunity for all. Presently, there are 23 postgraduate departments which include Department Law, Library and Information Science, Physiology, Mass Communication and Journalism and Food and Nutrition that have given a new vibrancy and scope of improving the employability of its students. Visits by renowned academicians of India and from abroad have given exposure as well as inspiration to the students and scholars of the University. The University has utilized funds received from the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) and the DST to establish and improve the Science Laboratories, establish 21 numbers of Smart Class Rooms, a Medical Unit and a Multi Gym. An archaeological museum has been established to preserve the archaeological heritage of the region from the reigns of the ‘Pala’ and the ‘Sen’ dynasties. Construction of separate Language Building, Girls’ Hostel and Boys’ Hostel and extension of University Guest House are going on. The university has launched ‘Mobile Apps’ for bibliographic data searching and has taken initiative for digital information retrieval through the Library Portal. It has also started the project of library automation using KOHA. The existing UGB catalogue database will be imported to KOHA that will allow users to perform searches directly through our portal. The university has installed a free Wi-Fi facility to all the students throughout the campus. The University has taken the challenge of adopting a village, ‘Parbatya’, which requires all round development. The University, through this project, intendeds to raise the living standard of the villagers.
In these coming years, the University will be looking for ways in which it can provide the services and benefits which it offers to students and research scholars who will in future prove to be skilled and qualified personnel fit to service in a very difficult global environment of competition in a globalized economy. The University feels reasonably confident in its ability to face future challenges and opportunities.