Burdwan University is an autonomous state university. The governor of the state of West Bengal is its chancellor. Daily administration is handled under the leadership of the vice chancellor, who is appointed by the governor on the recommendations of the government of West Bengal. The vice chancellor is assisted in his duties by the pro vice chancellor who is de facto a senior faculty member of faculty of engineering and technology.The university offers more than 30 Undergraduate and 66 Postgraduate courses. There are 227 Esteemed Faculties and 189 affiliated colleges (including degree colleges, B.Ed. colleges and private professional institutes).
The university has been awarded status 4 by the NAAC on 22/03/2001 and B++ Grade awarded on 31/03/2007.
The last maharaja of Burdwan, Udaychand Mahtab left the entire property of Burdwan to the government of West Bengal after the zamindari system ended in the 1950s. The then chief minister of West Bengal, Bidhan Chandra Roy took the initiative of establishing a university at the premises of the palace of the maharaja. Thus the university was established in 1960. Sukumar Sen (ICS) was the first vice-chancellor. The university began its function only with the humanities division, with science and engineering courses included afterwards.
Within the university’s administrative structure, the highest body is the university court. It consists of members elected by the staff members of the university from amongst themselves as well as members of the alumni.
Next in hierarchy comes the executive council of the university, which takes all the decisions relating to day-to-day functioning. It consists of staff and student members from all the three faculties. The student members of the faculties finding representation on the executive council are the chairmen of the three student councils of unions.
The three faculties, in turn, have their own councils which are changed every four years and differ in their compositions. The engineering faculty, for example, has members who are nominated either by the vice chancellor or are invited from the schools functioning under the faculty. The Arts and Science faculties have member from the respective faculties. A common factor in each of the three faculties is that each department is represented on the council by the Head of the Department and at least one other faculty member of the department.
Outside these councils are the offices of the registrar, finance officer, controller of examinations, university engineer, faculty secretaries, placement coordinator and deans of the three faculties and students welfare which are responsible for the administrative tasks delegated to them. Finally, at the departmental level are the heads of departments.
Department of Economics is one of the major strengths of the University of Burdwan , a 4-Star University. Founded in 1960 under the guidance of Prof Mihir Kanti Rakshit, this department has been served by many eminent teachers including Professor(s) Hirendranath Roy, KC Raychoudhury, Narmal Agarwala, Goutam Sarkar, Manasranjan Gupta, Kanan Majumdar, Arup Maharatna & Soumyen Sikdar. Boudhyayan Chatterjee and Subhal Kumbhakar has also taught here as has Anjana Samanta, Rajat Acharya, and Sandwip Das. Alumni of the department are spread all over the world and many of them are working successfully in national and foreign universities, research oganisations and corporate bodies, as also in various governmental positions. Presently, the department is a vibrant centre of teaching and research evident from the achievements of its students and faculty. The Department offers Masters & MPhil Courses, and Research Programmes leading to PhD degree. Plans are afoot to initiate various Certificate courses tailored to present demands and relevance.