Patna University was established in the year 1917. It functioned as affiliating and examining body for over 30 years. On 2 January 1952, it was converted into a purely teaching -cum-residential University with the territorial jurisdiction over Metropolitan Patna. It is one of the oldest Universities in the Country. In Bihar, it is the first, and in the subcontinent, it is the seventh oldest University. The University buildings are located on the bank of River Ganges and in the second Campus i.e. Saidpur Campus.
There are 4 Institutes maintained by the University e.g.
- Institute of Psychological Research & Services,
- Institute of Public Administration,
- Institute of Music,
- Institute of Library and Information Science.
College of Arts & Crafts is fully devoted to the course of fine arts and has been imparting teaching in painting, sculptures etc. A Faculty of Fine Arts has also been started and is located on the campus of the College of Arts & Crafts. Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) is a separate unit catering to the needs of a large number of students who are unable to get admission as regular students in Colleges or are in service in some institutions. The University is eager to start e-learning.
The University is also running the Master of Business Administration Course in the Department of Applied Economics and Commerce, the Department of Personal Management and Industrial Relation is having post-graduate Diploma courses in Industrial Safety Management and Rural Management and Welfare Administration. These are self-financed courses.
The Population Research Centre is working in the Department of Statistics with the assistance of the Ministry of Health and Family Planning, Government of India. It is a Centre for Population Studies & Publication Health.
The Patna University Computer Centre has conducted Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) course from the session 2008-09. P.G. Diploma in Bio-Informatics course at the Centre is likely to be started from the next session. Master in Computer Application (MCA) started after the approval of Hon’ble Chancellor in the Department of Statistics.
The Central Library of Patna University is catering to the needs of the students and teachers, research scholars. It is located in the centre of the campus. The Library has been connected to the internet and steps are being taken to computerize the working. The University Central Library is rendering its services to the teachers, students and researchers. For students, it is opened for 24 hours. The number of various volumes at present is over 4, 00, 000 besides 87 periodicals and 50,000 back journals. It has more than 5000 valuable old manuscripts which are very rare and are of much use to the research scholars. The Library is working to establish e-resource centre, e-journal facilities and to transform into Digital Library.
Patna College, Science College, Magadh Mahila College, B. N. College, Patna Women’s College and Vanijaya Mahavidyalaya, have also opened post-graduate departments in the various subjects on the approval of the State Government and are running under the College administration. These post-graduate classes were started on the demand of the students and the public in general and to defuse the crisis of the admission in higher courses.
|Motto||The Desire To Seek The Truth Should Be Your Defined Quest|
|Established||1 October 1917|
|Chancellor||Governor of Bihar|
|Vice-Chancellor||Rash Bihari Pd. Singh|
|Location||Patna, Bihar, India|
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