(Seventh Oldest University of the Indian Subcontinent.)


Patna University is the first university in Bihar, was established in 1917 during the British Raj, and is the 7th oldest University of the Indian subcontinent. At that time, the jurisdiction of university extended to Bihar, Orissa, and the kingdom of Nepal. The university conducted examinations for educational institutions  under its jurisdiction froms school finals to the post graduation levels. This continued almost for four decades, until the establishment of the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, and the Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar Vice Chancellor Sir Chandeshwar Prasad Narayan Singh’s (Sir CPN Singh) (1945-49) contributed to develop a post- graduate course in the university, bringing teachers of eminence forms all over India to man the newly opened departments.  

Bihar has been a seat of learning since time immemorial. The State had the Universities like Nalanda and Vikramshila that were drawing students even from neighboring countries. One of the primary objectives of the University education is to produce trained manpower, which can accelerate sustained economic growth by harnessing science and technology.

In order to face the challenges thrown by the process of globalization and liberalization in the field of higher education in the 21st century, the University will have to equip its teachers and students with modern techniques, skills, and make them competent enough to face challenges and enhance the quality of teaching & research. For meeting these challenges, this University has already focused its attention and started a number of professional courses at the graduation and post graduation level with a view to building human resources of high quality, who can contribute to the Nation-building. In this age of Information and Communication Technology, the barriers of time and space have now disappeared. We are providing the facilities of Internet, Teleconferencing, online library facilities etc. and we have introduced new courses in the areas of emerging importance like Biotechnology, Biochemistry, BCA, MCA, Fashion Designing, Sales Management, Business Management, Rural Management, Functional English, Saral Sanskrit Sambhashan, Journalism and Mass Communication etc. However, the avowed goal of the University Education still remains character building. It is true that modern knowledge, information and skills help to provide quality education but the most important task of education is to produce enlightened citizens, having human touch and dedication to the cause of the nation and its society at large.  

Patna University has been imparting quality education to its students, which is amply reflected in th success of our students at the all India level competitions. Even today Patna University holds important positions in the Central Services Examination. In the year of women empowerment we have accorded great significance to the education of women and for that the University started commerce education in Patna Women’s College and Magadh Mahila College. Out of thirteen constituent Colleges, three of them are exclusively meant for girls and the other eight are Co-educational Institutions where the number of girl students is fairly large. Patna University has tried to provide benefits to the socially and economically deprived groups, handicapped students and also to the weaker sections of the society. In this regard the university has, strictly followed the reservation policy of the Government. and provided them facilities so that they can unfold their potentialities and prove themselves as worthy members of the society.

Why to study at Patna University?

The students of the Patna University have done fairly well at the national level test conducted by the U.G.C. and C.S.I.R. and also done well in the U.P.S.C and the state level competitions.

The Central Dispensary, with 12 skilled doctors having M.D., F.R.C.S. degrees have been giving their services to the students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the University. Its nomenclature may be changed as Health Centre.

A full fledged University Works Department is functioning now which is responsible for construction and maintenance of the buildings of the University.

The University has its own Press with limited infrastructure facility and is located in the campus. It has two mono typing machines besides other sophisticated equipment and instruments. Our University Press needs its own spacious building for expansion and modernization to cope with the ever expanding requirement of the University.



Dr. Binod Kumar Pandey
Professor & Head
Department of Statistics
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