Harichand Guruchand University (HGU)
With an emphasis on strengthening the education infrastructure of North 24-Parganas and surrounding districts of West Bengal, the Harichand Guruchand University (HGU) was established by the West Bengal State Government by incorporation of the Harichand Guruchand University Act, 2018, West Bengal Act XXVII of 2018, Part- III, Acts of the West Bengal Legislature, Law Department Legislative Notification, published in The Kolkata Gazette (Extraordinary), 2nd January, 2019.
Sri Sri Harichand Thakur and his son Sri Sri Guruchand Thakur are the saviours cum pathfinder to the Dalit communities in the greater undivided Bengal presidency. They are remembered for their phenomenal contribution for uplifting the untouchables in Bengal.
In the memory of such legends and to honour the deliberation of the Matua community to get enlightened through knowledge, Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal, Smt. Mamata Banerjee on 11th January of 2019 laid the foundation stone of Harichand Guruchand University at Thakurnagar, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal.
This University has been instituted with a dedicated vision of bridging a pool of opportunities in higher education vis-à-vis envisaging scholastic work in social and cultural issues of Matua community. With this very aim, Prof. (Dr.) Tapan Kumar Biswas, Professor in the Department of Folklore, Kalyani University, joined as the first Vice-chancellor of the Harichand Guruchand University on 30th January, 2021.
He is a renowned academician and has many research works about the Matua community and their heritage to his credit. Presently, the State Government has identified 8.8-acre land at Chandpara in North 24 Parganas, to be allotted for the building of the University infrastructure.
Till then a makeshift arrangement has been made to carry out administrative cum academic proceedings of the university in the premises of P. R. Thakur Government College, Thakurnagar, North 24 Parganas- 743287.
In this initial phase, the university has opened its academic door with three faculties: Science, Arts and Education. More school of studies are in plan to be opened in the near future.