BURDWAN, also known as
Bardhaman, (23.16° North and 87.59° East) located 95 km from Kolkata
on the north bank of the river Damodar, is the district headquarters.
Reference to Bardhaman is found in the Jain scriptures. During the Mughal
rule it was known as Sharifabad.
Burdwan, well connected by rail and road to the rest of the country, has
a glorious place on the educational map of the state. Burdwan is the address
of a university, one medical college, three general degree colleges, one
engineering institute, one polytechnic, ITI, some professional degree
institutes, one nursing college and a large number of schools.