Birbal Jha

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Birbal Jha
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Birbal Jha
Born (1972-10-22) 22 October 1972 (age 42)
Sijaul, Bihar, India
Nationality Indian
Education PhD
Alma mater Patna University
Known for Founder British Lingua
and education in India

Birbal Jha (Hindi: बीरबल झा, born 22 October 1972), is an Indian author, academician, social thinker, and entrepreneur.[1][2] He is the founder of British Lingua, an award-winning chain of English language schools that Jha founded in 1993.[3] Jha is currently the editor of Lingua Bulletin,[4] an English monthly magazine published from Delhi, as well as a playwright.

Early life[edit]

Jha was born on 22 October 1972 in the village of Sijaul in Madhubani, India, where he received his basic education and schooling.[5] He went on to attend Patna University, where he received a double masters and a PhD.[6]


In 1993 Jha established British Lingua, an English and soft skills training institution based in Delhi.[7] The school is designed to improve the English speaking skills of Indian citizens, including educators and teachers, as Jha feels that this improves their ability to find work.[8] Jha has also worked with the Commonwealth Games and trained the Home Guards and Civil Defence Directorate for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.[9] In 2012 Jha expanded the school to encompass a government sponsored spoken English training program in Bihar, which is credited as being the first such program in the area.[10] Bap society is also launching English Literacy Mission in the state of Bihar.[11] Jha also organised seminars and workshops on various topics.[12][13][14][15][16] He has played a pivotal role for the cause of Spoken English Skills development in the state of Bihar. [17] [18]


Birbal Jha training the Bihar Government High schoolteachers in Spoken English Skills and Capacity Building.

Jha has written over twenty books on the subjects of self-help and the English language, including Celebrate Your Life.[19] He has written columns in the Hindustan and Dainik Jagran, and in 2012 wrote the play Englishia Boli, which focused on the importance of English language learning.[20]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • National Education Excellence Award 2010 by Economic Development Forum[21]
  • Kriti Purush Award by Vidyapati Smarak Manch, Kolkata[5]
  • Recognition at the University of Oxford[22][23]


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  3. ^ "Run Delhi Games Home Guards Trains Personnel English Speaking". Top 27 November 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "English empowerment project in Bihar". 29 November 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Bihari Linguist Bags Kriti Purush Award". Patna Daily.Com. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Waldman, Amy (14 December 2003). "The World; In India, a New Heyday for English (the Language)". NYT. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Telegraph – Calcutta (Kolkata) | Bihar | English training for teachers benefits students". Calcutta, India: 10 January 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Free English Courses for Mahadalits in Bihar". India 28 May 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Home Guards trains personnel in English speaking". Hindustan Times. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "First ever spoken English training programme for Bihar mahadalit youths – Times of India". 7 October 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bank employee loses job due to poor English". Times of India. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
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  14. ^,pro-vice-chancellor-of-mru-sh-birbal-jha,british-lingua.html
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  16. ^ "Skill workshop". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 6 December 2010. 
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  19. ^ "Life to Stand out from Crowd". AniNews,in. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Dr. Birbal Jha's Play puts Spotlight on English". PatnaDaily.Com. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "National Education Excellence Award 2010 to British Lingua". Financial 6 December 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
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