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.
Incorporated in 1911, the Central Bank of India was the first commercial bank which was entirely owned and managed by Indians. Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala, founded the Bank as a result of his dream realization about the bank. The first Chairman was Sir Pherozesha Mehta of this pure swadeshi Bank. In fact, Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala felt so proud about this bank that he proclaimed CBI as the "countrys asset and property of the nation." He also said that "CBI has been made on peoples faith and considers itself as the peoples bank." During the last 106 years of history, the Bank has faced challenges and threats. The CBI successfully transformed every threat into an opportunity of business and excelled over its competitors in the Banking industry. The Central Bank of India can be honestly mentioned as an all India bank, due to stretch of its vast network across all the 29 States and 6 Union Territories of India. Among the public sector banks, the Central Bank of India holds a very significant place on account of its 4715 Branches, 1 Extension counters, along with 10 Satellite Offices as on January 2018, at various centers throughout the length and breadth of the country.