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 bank was named Vijaya Bank since it was found on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami Day. On 23 October 1931, it was founded by a group of farmers under the leadership of A. B. Shetty, in Mangaluru, Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka State. The Bank has been actively working with the agenda of financial inclusion. The bank has been started with the objective of economic empowerment and providing banking services to the rural masses. The bank has provided sanitation facilities to 56 government schools mostly in rural areas. The bank has established 32 rural health centers where patients are provided with primary health care and medicine free of cost. A unique programme has also been devised to adopt girl children. The bank introduced the policy of Girl Child Adoption in 2011 under which the bank takes girl children from SC/ ST/ OBC/ economically weaker sections / backward areas/ needy families from the age of 5 years onwards to promote girl child education, mostly from rural and backward areas. The bank has adopted 1163 girl children all over the country.V-Gyan Sagar is a unique initiative taken by Vijaya Bank to impart financial literacy to the public. It is an Android-based mobile application that enables its subscribers to receive regular updates on banking and economic news. It explains banking terminologies.