The West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS) has been set up by an Act of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly for better management of the health and medical education related courses. From 2003, the University took up the responsibility of undergraduate, postgraduate and post-doctoral courses including the Ph. D. program in Modern System of Medicine, Homoeopathic System of Medicine, Ayurvedic System of Medicine, Unani System of Medicine, Nursing Education, Pharmacy Education, Dental Education, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Education on other paramedical courses.
The University affiliates a number of new colleges throughout the state. Because of its efforts, the number of seats in MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BPT, B.Sc. (Honors) in Nursing, M.Sc. (Nursing) and B. Pharm courses have increased considerably. Some MD/ MS seats in different subjects of Modern Medicine and Homoeopathy have also been added. New courses like Post-doctoral Certificate Course in Neuro-anaesthesia, MPT, and Master of Audiology & Speech Language Pathology have been introduced recently.
Students for postgraduate courses are selected strictly on the basis of their merit, as determined by a competitive test conducted by the WBUHS. A certain number of seats in different courses in different disciplines are kept reserved for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe community and physically handicapped persons.
Besides attending the seminars, journal club, clinico-pathological meetings and group discussions, all post graduate students undertake the morning and evening rounds in the indoor regularly. The postgraduate students also regularly participate in the teaching and training program of undergraduate students and interns of their respective disciplines.