The Maulana Abul Kalam Azzad University of Technology, previously known as the West Bengal University of Technology, was established on August 5, 2000. This multidisciplinary institution provides education in the fields of science, technology, and management and is commonly referred to as WBUT or UTech. The university operates under the West Bengal University of Technology Act 2000, which outlines the regulatory and advisory bodies, including a General Council, Executive Council, Academic Council, Finance Committee, and Advisory Council. The Chancellor of the university is the ex-officio Governor of the state of West Bengal.
Initially funded by the Government of West Bengal, UTech aims to become a center of excellence in science and technology, offering degree and advanced-level courses in management, paramedical, and other professional areas. The university operates through 131 affiliated colleges and institutes spread throughout West Bengal and is in the process of relocating its campus to a permanent main campus of 100 acres, with the first 40 acres located at Haringhata near Kalyani.
UTech provides various facilities for its students and faculty, including a well-stocked library with a comprehensive Library Portal for single window access to its services. The university has also established an E-Learning Initiative in partnership with IBM to promote IT learning through cost-effective open standard technology platforms, including the development of an e-learning portal and online content. IBM has pledged full support to this initiative with free software product licenses.