The University of Burdwan is autonomous state university established by the West Bengal government on 15 June 1960. The university has been awarded five-star status by the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). There are 139 affiliated colleges (including degree colleges, B.Ed. colleges and private professional institutes) and this university offers 30 graduate programs. Admission to Burdwan University is highly competitive, as it consistently ranks amongst the best colleges in India. For admissions to the Engineering stream at the undergraduate level, students are admitted through the WBJEE, an entrance examination open to students from all over India. Postgraduate students in engineering are admitted through GATE. Admission to the Arts and Science stream is by means of individual examinations for each of the departments at the undergraduate as well as the postgraduate levels. This university has a Directorate of Distance Education for conducting post graduate studies in distance mode.