The Government of West Bengal set up an expert committee on December 31, 1998 under the Chairmanship of Ashesh Prasad Mitra, an eminent scientist, to explore the necessity and scope for establishment of an engineering/technology university in the state of West Bengal.
The University came into operation formally, with the assumption of the office of the first Vice Chancellor on January 15, 2001 as a sequel to the promulgation of The West Bengal University of Technology Act, 2001, under West Bengal Act XV of 2000 passed by the West Bengal Legislature. The University started its academic program, from July 16, 2001 following a Notification from the Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal dated June 15, 2001 through the affiliation of Engineering and Management Institutions/Colleges and has entered the eighth year of its functioning. The University is included in Section 2F and also in Section 12B of UGC and recipient of UGC Grant.
The University wants to grow, nurturing innovative/novel ideas that would touch all segments of the society especially the marginalized ones. We look at technology from a broad social perspective and are organizing post-graduate courses in basic and applied sciences. The University has introduced new courses in emerging areas to develop and enhance higher education. We strive for optimum utilization of recourses and believe in unleashing an individual initiative for entrepreneurial development without compromising the collective need.
The University is steadfast in its twin objectives: