Sidho Kanho Birsha University
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|Motto||sa vidya ya vimuktaye|
|Chancellor||Governor of West Bengal|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr Samita Manna|
|Location||Purulia, West Bengal, India|
Sidho Kanho Birsha University is a state university established in 2010 in Purulia, West Bengal, India. Tapati Mukherjee was appointed as the first vice-chancellor. The focus is to promote and protect indigenous culture and language — especially the Santali language.
Sidho Kanho Birsha University began as an academic institution of higher learning when it was created as a state university in 2010. Since then it has been a chronicle of consistent effort and ascendant drive to keep alive the dynamics of academic flourish. The university is in the throes of novelty of vision and constitutive endeavours to script a new dimension in the annals of higher education.
Its post-graduate departments started functioning from the 2011-12 session with 12 academic departments (Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Santali, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Education, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics & Commerce). Over the years in an expansive and forward looking drive, they grew to 17 departments with the introduction the Economics, Sociology, Tribal Studies, Geography & Zoology department, many of which are in the frontier areas of Science and Social Sciences.
The university initiated the Department of Tribal Studies to fulfill its mandate of having a vibrant social history and indigenous culture. They are soon going to open the Department of Performing Arts to provide a greater dimension in growth and further development. The university has highly qualified faculty members, motivated students, and adequate supporting and administrative officers and staff to absorb the forces of modernization and globalization in higher education.
Sidho Kanho Birsha University (SKBU), Purulia aspires to be a premier center for advanced knowledge and top quality research. It strives to emulate global standards in the domain of higher education and intellectual know-how. Owing to technological access and communication facilities, it is always possible to keep in touch with the rest of the global academia. Therefore, SKBU as an institution of advanced learning and research is firmly planted in the advancement of local knowledge and aspiring to elevate its academic credentials in the global education map.
It is in a remote and backward region, but SKBU has succeeded in instilling a rippling effect of hope and acceleration in its surroundings. It has acquired the faith of the people, and it has generated the momentum of advancement and thirst for higher education. This university has ushered in hope and optimism; it has restored faith among the youth about their future.
The university was founded on 6 July 2010 by the Sidho Kanho Brisha University Act, 2010, passed by the West Bengal Legislature. Jagannath Kishore College, Purulia donated 13 acres of land to the university.
Twenty-five colleges are affiliated to the university. There are 19 degree colleges, four B.Ed colleges and one private college. The colleges affiliated under Sidho Kanho Birsha University are
|J. K. College||Purulia|
|Ramananda Centenary College||Laulara|
|Ananda Marga College||Anandanagar (Pundag)|
|Chitta Mahato Memorial College||Jargo|
|Achhruram Memorial College||Jhalda|
|Mahatma Gandhi College||Lalpur|
|Barabazar Bikram Tudu Memorial College||Barabazar|
|Panchakot Mahavidyalaya,||Panchakot, Purulia|
|Arsha College||Arsha, Purulia|
|Raghunathpur College||Raghunathpur, Purulia|
|Bikramjit Goswami Memorial College||Joypur|
|Kashipur Michael Madhusudhan Mahavidyalaya||Kashipur|
|Sponsored Teacher's Training College||Purulia|
|Manbhum Institute of Education & Social Science||Tata Road, P.O. Dulmi Nadiha, Purulia|
|Deben Mahato Teacher's Training College||Paharighora, Santaldhi, Purulia|
|Bidyasagar Foundation School of Education and Training||Tamna, Simuli, Purulia|
|Bengal Institute of Science & Technology||Tata Road, Dulmi-Nadiha, Purulia|
|Haladhar Mahato Teachers' Training Institute||Dighi, Manbazar-II, 723131|
- "Vice Chancellore". Retrieved 6 September 2012.
- Tribal areas get own university, indianexpress.com. The Indian Express. Published Kolkata, 23 April 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2012
- "New Vice-Chancellors take charge in West Bengal". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2 November 2010.
- University History, skbu.ac.in. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- "List of Colleges:". skbu.ac.in. Retrieved 5 February 2012.