Sidho Kanho Birsha University
|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 and situated in Purulia, West Bengal, India. Tapati Mukherjee has been appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor of the University. The focus of the University would be to promote and protect indigenous culture and language, and especially the Santali language. Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University began its nascent but promising journey as an academic institution of higher learning from the day 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. Currently the university is on the throes of novelty of vision and constitutive endeavours to script a new dimension in the annals of higher education. The Post-Graduate Departments of the university started functioning from the session 2011-12 with total number of twelve academic Departments (Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Santali, History, Pol. Science, Philosophy, Education, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics & Commerce). Over the years in an expansive and forward looking drive, we have enhanced the number into seventeen Departments with the introduction of five new departments (e.g. Economics, Sociology, Tribal Studies, Geography & Zoology) many of which are situated in the frontier areas of Science and Social Sciences. We are proud to initiate the Department of Tribal Studies to fulfill the mandate of the University which is situated in the remotest part of the State but having a vibrant social history and indigenous culture. We are soon going to open the Department of Performing Arts and introduction of such wings would provide a greater dimension in our efforts for growth and further development. The University is proud to have highly qualified faculty members, motivated students and adequate supporting and administrative officers and staff in order to absorb the forces of modernization and globalization in the field of Higher Education. Sidho Kanho Birsha University (SKBU), Purulia aspires to be a premier center for advanced knowledge and top quality research. As a university located in Purulia, it strives to emulate global standards in the domain of higher education and intellectual knowhow. In today`s times, owing to technological access and communicational facilities, it is always possible to keep in touch with the rest of the global academia and therefore, SKBU as an institution of advanced learning and research has got its root firmly planted in the advancement of local knowledge and aspiring at the same to time to elevate its academic credentials in the global educational map. It is situated in a place which has been known as a remote and backward region, but since its inception, SKBU has succeeded in instilling a rippling effect of hope and acceleration in the surroundings. As a university it has acquired the faith of the people and it has generated the required momentum of advancement and thirst for higher education. In other words, this university has ushered in hope and optimism and 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.
The university is named upon the three illustrious tribal leaders who mastered courage to put up valiant resistance against British imperialist oppression, two brothers Sidhu Murmu, Kanhu Murmu and Birsha Munda.
Twenty five colleges are affiliated to the university. Among which there are nineteen degree colleges, four B.Ed colleges & one private college. The colleges affiliated under Sidho Kanho Birsha University are 
|Name of the College||Address|
|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 universityindianexpress.com. The Indian Express. Published Kolkata, Friday April 23, 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.
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