West Bengal State University, Barasat, North 24 Parganas was established by the Government of West Bengal through an Act (Act XXVIII of 2007) passed by the Legislative Assembly. The creation of the University took into account a long-standing public demand for setting up a University in this district. The University started functioning from the academic session 2008-09. Further, the State Government, though a notification (No. 300-Edn(U)/1U-38/08 dated the 26th May, 2008) transferred 57 colleges formerly affiliated to the University of Calcutta, to the newly established University. Professor Ashoke Ranjan Thakur was the founder Vice-Chancellor of the University. The total area of the University is 28.8 acres The Official logo of the University was designed with a noble vision. It comprises a traditional Indian earthen lamp (Pradeep) which is underlined with a motto. The lighted lamp signifies the enlightenment of the individual soul leading to the realization of one’s self as a integral part of the of vast cosmos. Further, men unite in light and become separated in darkness. The logo also speaks the hope of a unified enlightened future community. The University Council in its meeting held on 23.08.2012 unanimously resolved to open Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) from the academic year 2012-2013 for the greater interest of the large students community aspiring for Post Graduate studies through Distance mode so that the students can be able to take admission.