Patna University

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Patna University
पटना विश्वविद्यालय
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Latin: Universitas Patna
Established1 October 1917
ChancellorLalji Tandon
Vice-ChancellorProf. Rash Bihari Pd. Singh
LocationPatna, Bihar, India
25°36′28.77″N 85°10′03.06″E / 25.6079917°N 85.1675167°E / 25.6079917; 85.1675167
ColoursRed and white         

Patna University, the first university in Bihar, was established on 1 October 1917 during the British Raj,[1] and is the sixth oldest university of the Indian subcontinent. At that time, the jurisdiction of the university extended to Bihar, Odisha, and the Kingdom of Nepal. The university oversaw examinations for educational institutions ranging from school finals to the postgraduate levels. This continued almost for four decades, until the establishment of the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, and the Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar.[2]


Patna University was established in 1917 as an affiliating and examining body. On January 2, 1952 it was converted into a purely teaching-cum-residential university with the territorial jurisdiction over metropolitan Patna. It is one of the oldest universities in India. It is the first in Bihar, and seventh oldest University in the subcontinent. The university buildings are mostly located on the bank of River Ganges and in the Saidpur Campus.


The university is an affiliating institution and has its jurisdiction over metropolitan Patna. Eleven colleges are affiliated with this university.

Faculties and departments[edit]

Patna University has 30 departments organised into eight faculties: science, humanities, commerce, social sciences, education, law, fine arts and medicine.[3]

Faculty of Science[edit]

This faculty consists the departments of physics, chemistry, mathematics, botany, zoology, statistics and geology.

Faculty of Humanities[edit]

This faculty consists the departments of English, Hindi di, Bengla, Sanskrit, Maithili, Persian, Philosophy, Arbic and Urdu.

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

This faculty consists the departments of history, geography, psychology, ancient Indian history and archaeology, economics, personal management and industrial relations, sociology, political science and public administration.

Faculties of Law, Education, Commerce, Fine Arts and Medicine[edit]

Each of this faculty comprises only one department, namely, law, education, commerce, fine arts and BDS.

Traditional and distance education[edit]

The university and its affiliated colleges and institutions offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in different areas like law, teacher training, science, arts, commerce, medicine and engineering. Admission in these courses are mainly based on the result of higher secondary (10+2) and graduation (10+2+3) level results, respectively. The aspirants for research level programs have to sit for a qualifying test (RET) followed by an interview. Since 1974, the university also has a Directorate of Distance Education for conducting postgraduate studies in distance education.

Library and computer center[edit]

Patna University has a central library and computer center. Central Library has a collection of 4,00,000 volumes which includes textbooks, and reference books, as well as 87 periodicals and 50,000 back journals. It also has more than 5000 valuable old rare manuscripts which arwe mostly used by research scholars. The library is working to establish an e-resource centre and e-journal facilities, and to transform into a digital library. It is open for 24 hours for students.

The University Computer Centre offers the post-graduate diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) and in Bio-Informatics course.

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


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