Pundra (also known as Pundrabardhan Bhukti, Paundra, Paundraya, etc.) was the branch of one of the most developed civilizations of ancient west Bengal, now a part of northern Bangladesh. The civilization of Pundra was not established overnight it had to go through the evolutionary process of thousands of years. A considerable number of Bangladeshi people today are actually the successors of the people of the Pundra civilization.
The Pundra civilization showed a great thirst for knowledge; the establishment of the ancient university ‘Vashubiharh’ stood as a testimony of that. The social ideas, values, customs, philosophy, and humanity of the Pundra civilization soon earned a worldwide recognition.