The Government of West Bengal set up an expert Committee on December 31, 1998 under the chairmanship of Dr. Ashesh Prasad Mitra, Scientist Eminence, to explore the necessity and scope for the establishment of a district Engineering and Technology University in the state of West Bengal. Following an in depth review of the status and issues of technical education at the degree and higher level in the country and in the state of West Bengal, the committee observed that the facilities for technical education at the degree level in West Bengal required enhancement. The existing and forthcoming engineering and technology colleges badly needed the support and guidance of a full-fledged centralized Technological University for the growth and improvement of quality technological education.
To achieve self-reliance the country requires centres of excellence for evolving world-class technology.The Committee set twin objectives for a separate Technological University in the state of West Bengal:
- To serve as a centre of excellence in teaching and research , and
- To provide affiliation to engineering, technological and management institutes.