Ranchi University

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Ranchi University
Ranchi University logo.png
Ranchi University Coat of Arms
May nostrum scientia fio splendens
Motto in English
May our knowledge become brilliant
Established1960 (1960)
ChancellorGovernor of Jharkhand
Vice-ChancellorRamesh Kumar Pandey
Location, ,
Coordinates: 23°22′18″N 85°19′27″E / 23.37167°N 85.32417°E / 23.37167; 85.32417
AffiliationsUGC, AIU, NAAC[1]

Ranchi University (RU[2]) is a public teaching-cum-affiliating university located in Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand, India. Established in 1960, the university now spans five districts of Jharkhand, namely, Ranchi, Gumla , Khunti, Simdega and Lohardaga.[citation needed] The current acting Vice-Chancellor of Ranchi University is R. K. Pandey.[3]


RU was established on 12 July 1960[4] and its first vice chancellor was Vishnudeo Narayan Singh.[3]

In 1992, university was bifurcated to create Vinoba Bhave University, reducing its area by nearly half for proper administration. In 2009 university was divided twice – in January to create Nilamber Pitamber University, at Medininagar, and in August 2009 to create Kolhan University,[5] at Chaibasa.[6]


The university has a central library with approximately 150,000 books. There are a total of two male hostels and four female hostels in the university campus situated at Kutchery Road, Ranchi.


Like most state universities in India, the Chancellor of the university is the governor of the state - the Governor of Bihar until the inception of Jharkhand on 15 November 2000 and the Governor of Jharkhand since then. The chief executive of the university is the Vice-Chancellor.

Vice Chancellors of the Ranchi University[edit]

List of Vice Chancellors[3]
# Name Incumbency Took Office Left Office
1 Vishnudeo Narayan Singh Permanent 12 July 1960 15 August 1962
2 Sharang Dhar Singh Permanent 16 August 1962 15 October 1965
3 Hare Krishna Lal Temporary 16 October 1965 16 November 1965
4 A. F. Markham Permanent 17 November 1965 26 September 1969
5 George Jacob Permanent 26 September 1969 21 October 1970
6 Govind Minj Temporary 22 October 1970 24 December 1970
7 B. N. Rohtagi Permanaent 24 December 1970 24 April 1972
8 Nandeshwar Prasad Temporary 1 May 1972 14 May 1972
9 K. Abraham Temporary 15 May 1972 2 September 1972
10 R. S. Mandal Permanent 3 September 1972 6 November 1975
11 A. K. Dhan Permanent 7 November 1975 10 January 1977
12 Shaligram Singh Permanent 11 January 1977 28 August 1978
13 N. L. Nadda Permanent 31 August 1978 21 April 1980
14 Kumar Suresh Singh Temporary 22 April 1980 9 July 1980
15 K. C. Bose Temporary 10 July 1980 16 November 1980
16 A. K. Dhan Permanent 17 November 1980 14 February 1984
17 Bishwanath Singh Permanent 15 February 1984 6 November 1985
18 Sachidanand Permanent 6 November 1985 2 July 1986
19 R. D. Munda Temporary 2 July 1986 26 January 1987
20 R. D. Munda Permanent 27 January 1987 10 August 1988
21 S. Patankar Temporary 11 August 1988 16 December 1988
22 Lal Saheb Singh Permanent 17 December 1988 24 June 1990
23 A. K. Singh Permanent 25 June 1990 26 August 1992
24 K. K. Nag Permanent 26 August 1992 31 January 1996
25 D. P. Gupta Permanent 1 February 1996 28 November 1997
26 C. R. Laha Temporary 29 November 1997 2 April 1998
27 S. S. Hussain Temporary 3 April 1998 3 March 1999
28 L. C. C. N. Shahdeo Permanent 4 March 1999 4 June 2000
29 Phool Singh Temporary 13 June 2000 29 November 2000
30 S. S. Hussain Temporary 26 December 2000 8 April 2001
31 Amit Khare Temporary 9 April 2001 10 June 2001
32 Amit Khare Temporary 1 July 2001 10 July 2001
33 L. C. C. N. Shahdeo Permanent 11 July 2001 3 March 2002
34 Anand Bhushan Temporary 4 March 2002 31 December 2002
35 S. S. Kushwaha Permanent 1 January 2003 31 December 2005
36 A. A. Khan Permanent 1 January 2006 31 December 2011
37 V. P. Sharan Temporary 1 January 2012 31 January 2012
38 L. N. Bhagat Permanent 1 February 2012 31 January 2015
39 M. Raziuddin Temporary 1 February 2015 2 March 2015
40 R. K. Pandey Permanent 3 March 2015 incumbent

Administration:  ‡  †  SENATOR[7]

Education in Ranchi University[edit]

There are 15 constituent colleges and 29 affiliated colleges of Ranchi University. The colleges under Ranchi University offer courses in Medical, Engineering, Management, Science, Arts and Law streams.

Affiliated colleges Constituent colleges Institutes
Basia College, Basia, Gumla Birsa College, Khunti Abdul Razak Memorial Nursing College, Irba, Ranchi.
Dumri College, Dumri, Gumla B.N.J. College, Sisai, Gumla Alice Institute of Technology (AIT), Ranchi
Gossner College, Ranchi B.S. College, Lohardaga Cambridge Institute of Technology (CIT)
K.O. College, Ratu, Ranchi Doranda College, Ranchi Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi
Lady Shri B.K.Singh College, Lohardaga J.N. College, Dhurwa, Ranchi Institute of Management Studies, Ranchi (IMS RU)
Maulana Azad College, Ranchi K.C. Bhagat College, Bero, Ranchi Metas Adventist College
Nirmala College, Ranchi Kartik Oraon College, Gumla NIFFT
P.V.A.E. College, Chainpur, Gumla Mandar College, Mandar, Ranchi Nilai Educational Trust's Group of Institutions, Ranchi
Ram Tahal Chaudhry College, Ormanjhi, Ranchi Marwari Boys' College, Ranchi Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, (RIMS) Ranchi
Sanjay Gandhi Memorial College, Ranchi Panch Pargana Kisan College, Bundu, Ranchi RINPAS
S.K. Bage College, Kolebira, Gumla Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav College, Ranchi R T C Institute of Technology, Ormanjhi, Ranchi
Silli College, Silli, Ranchi Ranchi Women's College S.N.Sinha Institute of Business Management, Dhurwa, Ranchi
St. Joseph College, Torpa, Khunti Simdega College, Simdega
St. Paul's College, Ranchi Suraj Singh Memorial College, Ranchi
St. Xavier's College, Ranchi Degree Standard Women's College, Khunti
St. Xavier's College, Simdega
Tana Bhagat College, Gaghra, Gumla
Uttri Karnpura Sharmik Mahavidyalay, Dakra, Ranchi
Yogoda Satsanga Mahavidyalaya, Ranchi


University since its inception have undergone through many changes, some were acceptable and others inappropriate. University is unable to audit it financial affairs, every year which makes it an easy target for officers and staffs for corrupt practices. In 2011 there were instances where registrar and financial officer were engaged in embezzlement of funds provided by UGC for paying arrears to Teacher and Non- Teaching Staff. This was a loss for Ranchi University with accused still on loose.[8]The accused son was arrested, with finance officer still absconding.[9][10][11]

In 2000, the Vigilance Bureau of the Bihar Government arrested its vice chancellor L.C.C.N Shahdeo for being involved as a mastermind in a racket for appointing undeserving people to the teaching and non-teaching staff of 40 colleges affiliated to the Ranchi University.[12]

D.P. Gupta, the then vice-chancellor of the Ranchi University took severe measures to make an audit of Ranchi University books from 1985 onwards. The audit revealed mass scale bungling of exam and registration fees running into crores with university officers colluding with college principals in submitting fake bank challans, payment of bogus T.A. bills worth into lakh of rupees, unlimited over time payments, non maintenance of even cash books over the years. Audit reports revealed financial irregularities and university staff has taken help of anti-social elements to terrorise the auditors.[13]

In a meeting of the Public Account Committee of the Jharkhand Assembly held in 2006, Account General (Audit) revealed that heads of various departments, lectures and non teaching employees of Ranchi University have taken Rs.6.43 crores as an advance and this amount has not been adjusted to their salaries. In June itself, the RU administration, in response to the matter raised in the State Assembly, instructed the heads of the postgraduate departments and the principals of the 34 constituent colleges to submit the expenditure receipts of the advance given to them, in the main for conducting examinations. The unaccounted expenses date back to so long that the heads of the departments and principals, in whose names the money was issued, have either retired or do not hold those posts any longer.[14]

On April 2007, university administration lodged an FIR against its 24 office staff, involved in embezzlement of funds maintained in Pension and Gratuity Account including other heads of accounts by creating fake documents. It was believed that it involved white collared officials as well.[15]

There was also a case, where an external person / non-employee was working in sensitive Examination department for more than nine months without being caught. On every second day there was question paper leak and tapering of answer sheet.[16][17]

Furthermore, three teachers were appointed in the constituent college of the university who forged their degree certificate and marksheet. It came to the notice of university administration, but no actions were taken. The accused drew salary for 10 years due to lack of efficiency in incompetent authorities.[18]

Ranchi University Museum[edit]

The department of Anthropology in Ranchi University has a museum that showcases variety of exhibits including ethnographic collections of central Indian states, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


  1. ^ "RU gets a B++ from NAAC". Times of India. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Ranchi University (RU) harnesses the sun at Mohrabadi". Times of India. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Official Website of Ranchi University - LIST OF VICE-CHANCELLORS". ranchiuniversity.org.in. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Ranchi University will celebrate 57th raising day, many achievements came handy, preparing for new". Hindustan Times. 12 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Long route for RU certificate". The Telegraph. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Welcome to Ranchi University". RU. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Members of the Senate, Ex-VC's". Ranchi University. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Vigilance Probe for RU". The Telegraph. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Police nets RU scam accused". The Telegraph. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  10. ^ "पांच साल में क्यों नहीं पकड़े गए घोटालेबाज : हाईकोर्ट". Jagran. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  11. ^ "All Jharkhand Students' Union seeks CBI probe into Ranchi varsity funds bungling". Times of India. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  12. ^ "With many VCs dismissed for lack of integrity, universities face crisis of existence". India Today. 17 December 2012.
  13. ^ "MISSION POSSIBLE: Ranchi University vice-chancellor D.P.Gupta,'Revival Calls for fresh talents'". The Telegraph. 10 October 1997.
  14. ^ "Education and Indifference: Case Study of Ranchi University" (PDF). Center For Civil Society. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  15. ^ "आरयू के एग्जामिनेशन कंट्रोलर के बैंक अकाउंट का होगा ऑडिट". Dainik Jagran. 29 September 2014.
  16. ^ "हर दूसरे दिन पेपर लीक, नौ माह से यूनिवर्सिटी में काम कर रहा था फर्जी कर्मचारी". Dainik Bhaskar. 9 May 2018.
  17. ^ "बहरी व्यक्ती के कां करने के मम्ले मे जअंच क्मेते बनि". Prabhat Khabar. 18 May 2018.
  18. ^ "रान्ची विवि से बर्खस्थ लेक्चरर रहे है कॉलेज,उठा रहे हैं वेतन". Prabhat Khabar. 30 May 2018.

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