The seventh oldest university in the Indian subcontinent and the first in Bihar, Patna University was founded by an Act of legislature on 1st October 1917. The University was established as an examining body and conducted examinations from matriculation to post graduation. Its jurisdiction mapped Bihar, Orissa and Nepal and for forty years since its inception Patna University was the arbiter of the academic destiny of these territories. The Patna University Act,1951, which received the assent of the Governor on 6th July 1951, was passed with a view to establishing a Teaching and Residential University at Patna. The Act defines that the purpose and powers of the university shall be to provide instruction to such branches of learning as the University may think fit including professional studies and technology, and for research and for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge. It remained the only university in Bihar until January 1952 and continued to be the examining body of educational institutions in Nepal until the founding of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. With the founding of Utkal University this university ceased to be the examining body for institutions in Orissa.
The history of Patna University parallels the history of the educational, cultural, political and economic growth of modern Bihar. It is the only teaching cum residential university in the state with a truly national character that transcends linguistic, cultural, political and other denominational boundaries. The outstanding personalities who have led India’s Freedom Struggle and have occupied or are now occupying coveted academic, administrative, judicial and political positions along with its reputed teachers and eager students have largely contributed towards its very rich academic heritage. Bihar has been an ancient seat of learning. Within its Patna University: A Brief Profile territory famous universities such as Nalanda and Vikramshila had drawn students, teachers and scholars from various parts of Asia.
After independence, higher education being a major resource for economic progress and social transformation had to be popularized for the growth and development of the state. At that time it was felt that Patna University with its sound infrastructure ought to concentrate on scholarship teaching and research and divest itself of the responsibility of conducting various state level examinations.
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COLLEGE OF ARTS & CRAFTS
MAGADH MAHILA COLLEGE
PATNA LAW COLLEGE
PATNA SCIENCE COLLEGE
PATNA TRAINING COLLEGE
PATNA WOMEN'S COLLEGE
PATNA WOMEN'S TRAINING COLLEGE
DEPARTMENT OF BIO- TECHNOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED ECONOMICS & COMMERCE
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE & MANAGEMENT
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS
DIRECTORATE OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
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