The Mahatma Gandhi University was established in the year of 2018 as per The Purba Medinipur University Act 2017 and The Purba Medinipur University (Amendment) Act 2018 respectively. The University upholds the objective of Government of West Bengal to provide the facilities of quality Teaching, Training and Research Centres in various branches of Humanities, Social and Basic Sciences for delivering advance knowledge and basic requirement of Higher Education to serve the Society as well as the Nation. The Mahatma Gandhi University is situated at the District of Purba Medinipur (Kapaseria Mouza in Mahishadal block, part of Haldia subdivision). Purba Medinipur was a significant part of undivided Medinipur until its partition w.e.f., 01.01.2002. It is a place of Historical importance due to the presence of an Ancient Port of ‘Tamralipta’ which was mentioned in the writings of Ptolemy (150 AD), the Greco-Egyptian writer. It was designated as one of the main Ports during the period of Samrat Ashoka, the Mauryan emperor. Apart from that, Purba Medinipur also played a pivotal role in Freedom Movements against British Raj. We are honoured to recall the great contributions of Hemchndra Kanungo, Birendranath Sasmal and Sushil Kumar Dhara of this soil during freedom movements. In 1942, when Gandhiji called for Non-cooperation movement, Matangini Hazra (also known as ‘Gandhi Buri’ in Bengali for ‘Old Lady Gandhi’) a native of the land devoted herself in that movement. This region is situated at the Lower Indo-Gangetic Plain adjacent to Eastern Coastal area with enriched natural resources. Therefore, with the enrichment of natural and cultural harmony of PurbaMedinipur, this Higher Education Institution will promote advanced knowledge of higher learning with special emphasis on languages, history and rural development.
Mahatma Gandhi University is the first state aided university of Purba Medinipur district which was inaugurated by Smt. Mamata Banerjee, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal. This University was established according to The Purba Medinipur University Act 2017 and The Purba Medinipur University (Amendment) Act 2018 respectively to disseminate higher education among the youth and facilitate the regeneration of the society. The University will provide the opportunity of higher education and research among the people of West Bengal and beyond. I joined as the First Vice Chancellor of this university on 03.11.2020. The university aims to mould the future generation in accordance with the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The vision of this university is to implement the Gandhian philosophy in the education sector and serve the society. Finally, I am thankful to the people of Purba Medinipur and West Bengal and look forward to their generous support.