Barasat is a neighborhood in Kolkata, situated in the Indian state of West Bengal. It functions as the headquarters of the North 24 Parganas district as well as the Barasat Sadar subdivision. Known for its strategic location at a railway and road junction, Barasat is a regional transportation hub. Several important roads, including National Highway 12, National Highway 112 pass through the town. During the Mughal period, Sankar Chakraborty (who was a commander of the king of Jessore in Bangladesh) came to Barasat and established himself. During the British era, the officials of the East India Company made Barasat a weekend retreat by constructing houses with gardens. Warren Hastings had built his villa in the heart of the region. The place was known for its indigo cultivation and thus contributed largely to the economy of the state. The city is located in the Gangetic plain. Today, the fertile land of the area ensures the cultivation of crops like rice, legumes, potatoes, sugarcane and coconuts. Prestigious academic institutes such as West Bengal State University, Barasat Government College, Brainware University, Adamas University, etc. are located in Barasat. The city has many Ashramas dedicated to different saints and gurus for the Hindu devotees.
The first Paul George Memorial Tournament was began by the Muthoot Group in 2012, for children of the government schools in the Delhi NCR region. The winners of the tournament were awarded scholarships. The Muthoot M George Foundation conducted all of the philanthropic activities of Muthoot Finance through which it performs tree plantation drives and offers scholarships to the needy people regularly. The company also took the initiative on education, environment, health, financial assistance, and eco-friendliness through M George Foundation. The Muthoot Finance is associated with the concept of an E-toilet, which was a public sanitation initiative, with the aid of the Credai Clean City Movement. Along with that, the company also conducts agricultural seminars on a regular basis by the name of My Kitchen Garden to educate farmers on the effects of pesticide use in farming and how to control that for healthier living. The company has also actively helped cancer patients, as well as individuals diagnosed with the kidney diseases, by taking care of their medical expenses. The Muthoot Finance runs the "Horn Not Ok Please" initiative to raise awareness on the harmful effects of vehicular noise pollution. It has also established a Centre for creating road traffic and safety awareness and the prevention of traffic accidents at the office of Assistant Commissioner of Police in Kochi.