Birbal Jha

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Birbal Jha
Birbal Jha , Author
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
Spouse(s) Gauri Rani
Children 2

Birbal Jha (born 22 October 1972), is an Indian author and entrepreneur. In 1993 he founded British Lingua, an award-winning chain of English language schools.[1] Jha is currently the editor of Lingua Bulletin,[2] an English monthly magazine published from Delhi. He has also written a play.

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.[3] He went on to attend Patna University, where he received a double masters and a PhD.[4]


In 1993 Jha established British Lingua, an English and soft skills training institution based in Delhi.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] Bap society is also launching English Literacy Mission in the state of Bihar.[8] Jha also organised seminars and workshops on various topics.[9][10][11][12][13] He has played a pivotal role for the cause of Spoken English Skills development in the state of Bihar. [14]


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.[15] 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.[16][17][18] The drama book Englishia Boli is reported to have inspired Chetan Bhagat to write his novel Half Girl Friend.[19]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Kriti Purush Award by Vidyapati Smarak Manch, Kolkata[3]
  • Among fifteen people named as "Person of the year, 2014" by Mithila Mirror[20][21]
  • Celebrity status [22][23][24][25]

See also[edit]


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