The University of Gour Banga (UGB) has been established by the West Bengal Act XXVI of 2007 at Malda, West Bengal. It is one of the two new State Universities established by the Government of West Bengal to address to the concerns of equity and access to quality higher education by people in less educationally developed districts which have a less Graduate Enrolment Ratio.
The UGB, with its territorial jurisdiction of the three districts (Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur and Uttar Dinajpur) of the northern part of West Bengal, has been initiated its activities from the academic year beginning 2008 in keeping with the philosophy of achieving and maintaining the highest levels of academic excellence, sensitivity to equity and access in enrolment and recruitment and emerging as a premier national educational and research institution in the country.
The University has nearly 33 acres campus, situated adjacent to the headquarter English Bazaar in the district of Malda, West Bengal State. It is claimed that UGB is one of the first state University to be accredited by the NAAC in a short time among the new ones. The University is also recognized by the UGC under section 2(F) and 12(B). The main objective of the University is integrating the components of Teaching, Research, Innovation, Training and Skill Development with an aspiration to excel in post graduate and research programmess. The University offers the programs under the following three dominant faculties: Arts and Commerce, Sciences, and Education & Law. Currently the University is running with 21 Departments and offering 1 Dual degree programme, 20 Master degree programmes, 18 Research programs.