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 UCO Bank was founded in 1943 in Kolkata. It is a major government-owned and commercial bank of India also known as the United Commercial Bank. Its total business was ? 4.55 lakh crore during FY 2013-14. It was ranked 1860 on Forbes Global 2000 List by 2014 data. According to the Brand Trust Report 2014, a study conducted by Trust Research Advisory, the Bank was ranked 294th among Indias most trusted brands. It was a difference of 796 ranks considering its previous position among Indias most trusted brands in the Brand Trust Report 2013. The bank had 4,000 additional service units, 49 zonal offices across India as of 30 March 2017. Outside India, it has two offices in Singapore and Hong Kong. The corporate office of UCO bank is on BTM Sarani, Kolkata. Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla, an influential industrialist, got the idea of establishing a commercial bank with the Indian capital during the Quit India movement of 1942, and as a result, the United Commercial Bank Limited was incorporated. The bank was started in Kolkata with an issued capital of ?2 crores and a paid-up capital of ?1 crore. The Board of Directors of UCO Bank included notable personalities of India alongside Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla as its chairman. The bank opened 14 branches simultaneously across India. Presently Mr.Ravi Krishan Takkar is the chairman and MD of UCO Bank.