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22 October 1972 |
Sijaul, Bihar, India
|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. He is the founder of British Lingua, an award-winning chain of English language schools that Jha founded in 1993. Jha is currently the editor of Lingua Bulletin, an English monthly magazine published from Delhi, as well as a playwright.
Jha was born on 22 October 1972 in the village of Sijaul in Madhubani, India, where he received his basic education and schooling. He went on to attend Patna University, where he received a double masters and a PhD.
In 1993 Jha established British Lingua, an English and soft skills training institution based in Delhi. 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. Jha has also worked with the Commonwealth Games and trained the Home Guards and Civil Defence Directorate for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. 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. Bap society is also launching English Literacy Mission in the state of Bihar. Jha also organised seminars and workshops on various topics. He has played a pivotal role for the cause of Spoken English Skills development in the state of Bihar.  
Jha has written over twenty books on the subjects of self-help and the English language, including Celebrate Your Life. 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.
Awards and recognition
- National Education Excellence Award 2010 by Economic Development Forum
- Kriti Purush Award by Vidyapati Smarak Manch, Kolkata
- Recognition at the University of Oxford
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- "Bank employee loses job due to poor English". Times of India. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
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- "Life to Stand out from Crowd". AniNews,in. 3 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- "Dr. Birbal Jha's Play puts Spotlight on English". PatnaDaily.Com. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- "National Education Excellence Award 2010 to British Lingua". Financial Express.com. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2012.