Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University
|Location||Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India|
Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University is a U.G.C. recognised public university in Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India. The university was named after the 19th-century Rajbongshi leader and social reformist, Panchanan Barma. A total of 15 colleges from Cooch Behar district are affiliated to the university.
Professor Indrajit Ray, a former teacher of economics of the University of North Bengal, was the first vice-chancellor, while Professor Shubhrangshu Sekhar Chattopadhyay, originally from the Department of Law, University of Calcutta, joined the university as the second vice-chancellor in January 2015. Presently, Prof. Syamal Roy, originally from the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology is officiating as the first permanently appointed vice-chancellor. Dr. Debkumar Mukhopadhyay is the first registrar of Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University. Mr. Nirupom Bhattacharyya is the (acting) Finance Officer.
The Government of West Bengal established Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University under the West Bengal Act XXI of 2012 and The Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University Act 2012
The first statutes of the university were approved by the chancellor of the university, the Hon'ble Governor of West Bengal, in the first week of January 2015, and subsequently printed. On 8 April 2015, the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, granted it '2(F)' affiliation. The first statutes were gazetted at the end of April 2015, while the first Executive Council meeting was held on 22 May 2015.
The university, which functioned from its camp-office at Central Farmers' Hostel, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Pundibari, shifted to its permanent campus on Vivekananda Street, near 'Krishi Bij Khamar', Cooch Behar, on 19 August 2015. Before this, through a July 2015 order from the Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal, 15 general-degree colleges, mostly from the district of Cooch Behar, were initially affiliated to the University.
Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University offers post-graduation-level studies in 14 subjects: Bengali, English, History, Geography, Philosophy, Hindi, Sanskrit, Political Science, Education, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Zoology.
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