Vidyasagar University was established in 1981 and is named after one of the most illustrious sons of the district, Pandit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar.The University started with six Post-Graduate Departments under Arts & Commerce and Science Faculty from the session 1985-1986 and each designed course lays special stress on regional needs. Subsequently in 1989 & 1990, nine more P.G. Courses were added and special attention and weightage were duly given to the need of the locality keeping in mind the environmental requirements like Forestry, Fisheries,The University presently houses 27 PG departments (apart from this course – MBA - being run under the Department of Commerce with Farm Management), 12 in Humanities and 15 in Science. Fourteen vocational subjects and six other specialized courses are also offered at the UG level. The overall emphasis of the university is not to perpetuate the traditional nature of the other universities of West Bengal but to merge as a distinctive entity with a special nature of its own.