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Visva Bharati University

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A study of the evolution of Visva-Bharati during the lifetime of its founder, Rabindranath Tagore, offers an insight into what this institution was intended to achieve. Rabindranath founded a school for children at Santiniketan and it was around this nucleus that the structure of an unconventional university developed through careful planning.

In 1863, on a seven-acre plot at the site of the present institution, Debendranath Tagore, the poet\\\\\\\'s father, had built a small retreat for meditation, and in 1888 he dedicated, the land and buildings, towards establishment of a Brahmavidyalaya and a library. Rabindranath\\\\\\\'s school Brahmacharyasrama which started functioning formally from December 22, 1901 with no more than five students on the roll, was, in part, a fulfilment of the wishes of his father who was a considerable figure of his time in the field of educational reforms. From 1925 this school came to be known as Patha-Bhavana.

The school was a conscious repudiation of the system introduced in India by the British rulers and Rabindranath initially sought to realize the intrinsic values of the ancient education in India. The school and its curriculum, therefore, signified a departure from the way the rest of the country viewed education and teaching. Simplicity was a cardinal principle. Classes were held in open air in the shade of trees where man and nature entered into an immediate harmonious relationship. Teachers and students shared the single integral socio-cultural life. The curriculum had music, painting, dramatic performances and other performative practices. Beyond the accepted limits of intellectual and academic pursuits, opportunities were created for invigorating and sustaining the manifold faculties of the human personality.

In May 1951, Visva-Bharati was declared to be a Central University and \\\\\\\"An Institution of National Importance\\\\\\\" by an Act of Parliament. It was granted the status of a unitary, teaching and residential university. The status and function of all the major institutions have been redefined in successive Amendment Acts and the University has continued to grow by giving accreditation to new institutions in response to needs newly felt. The school has reshaped itself into a full fledged modern University with diverse concern and interests. The defining maxim of excellence remains intact.
Visva-Bharati is ensconced in a rural setting in the district of Birbhum, about 160 km by road from Kolkata. The nearest railway station is Bolpur (Santiniketan) on the Eastern Railway and the air-terminal is Kolkata Airport. The University campus at Santiniketan, about 3 km from the railway station can be reached in a little over two hours from Kolkata by train. By train it is about 146 km. The University has two campuses, one at Santiniketan and the other at Sriniketan, which is about 3 km from Santiniketan. The institutional buildings and departments are distributed among them. Students from abroad are welcome at Visva-Bharati. They may join any regular course of the University or certain specific courses specially designed for the foreign casual students. Before joining any course of the University they must satisfy the academic requirements set for the course and obtain clearance from the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, for studying in India. They should apply early so that all formalities can be completed by April, and they may join the course in August. They may have application forms gratis any time of the year on request from the Office of the Deputy Registrar (Academic), Visva-Bharati.

There is a provision for one-year certificate course for foreign casual students who have passed the Higher Secondary examination or its equivalent and satisfy certain criteria set for admission to the course concerned. The courses are offered in the following subjects:
A survey of Indian History and Culture
Modern India Culture with special reference to Rabindranath & Gandhi
Indian Philosophy
Ancient Indian Philosophy and Culture
Bengali / Hindi / Oriya / Tibetan / Sanskrit language and Literature
Rabindra Literature
Indian Classics
Rabindra Sangit
Hindustani Classical Music (Vocal and Instrumental)
Indian Art
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Mission & Vision
H E R I T A G E : V I S I O N & V A L U E S
To study the mind of man in its realisation of different aspects of truth from diverse points of view.
To bring into more intimate relation with one another, through patient study and research, the different cultures of the East on the basis of their underlying unity.
To approach the West from the standpoint of such a unity of the life and thought of Asia.
To seek to realize in a common fellowship of study the meeting of the East and the West, and thus ultimately to strengthen the fundamental conditions of world peace through the establishment of free communication of ideas between the two hemispheres.
And, with such ideals in view, to provide at Santiniketan, a centre of culture where research into and study of the religion, literature, history, science and art of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Islamic, Sikh, Christian and other civilisations may be pursued along with the culture of the West, with that simplicity in externals which is necessary for true spiritual realisation, in amity, good fellowship and co-operation between the thinkers and scholars of both Eastern and Western countries.
To win the friendship and affection of villagers and cultivators by taking a real interest in all that concerns their life and welfare, and by making an effort to assist them in solving their most pressing problems.
To initiate a dialogue between academic study and research of rural economy / culture and on-field experience.
ADVANCED DIPLOMA- Duration- 1 year, || Russian || Sanskrit ||
B.P.E. (Honours -3 years) Subject Physical Education
B.S.W. (Honours - 3 years) - Social Work
B.Ed. ( 1year) Education
Institute of Fine Arts)- Duration- 5 years Subjects || Painting || Mural || Sculpture || Graphic Art || Design (Textiles /Ceramics) ||
B.A. (Honours - 3 years) Vidya Bhavana (Institute of Humanities & Social Sciences) || Bengali || English || Hindi || Oriya || Philosophy || Comparative Religion || || Economic...
B.Sc. (Honours - 3 years) || Mathematics || Physics || Chemistry || Botany || Zoology || || Statistics || Computer Science ||
B.Sc. (Ag) (Honours - 4 years) Subject- Agriculture
B.Mus. (Honours - 3 years) Subject || Rabindra Sangit || Hindusthani Classical Vocal || Sitar || Esraj || Tabla || || Pakhawaj || Kathakali Dance || Manipuri Dance || Manipu...
B.Fine Arts (Honours - 5 years: 2 years preparatory & 3 years specialisation) Subject | Painting || Mural || Sculpture || Graphic Art || || Design (Textiles/ Ceramics) || ...
DIPLOMA || Arabic || Bengali || Chinese || French || German || Hindi || Italian || Japanese || || Marathi || Oriya || Pali || Persian || Russian || Sanskrit || Santali || || Tami...
M.C.A. (3 years) - Computer Application
|| Bengali || English || Sanskrit || Hindi || Functional Hindi (Translation) || || Oriya || Chinese || Indo-Tibetan Studies || Philosophy || Comparative Religion || || Economics ...
M.Sc. ( 2 years) Mathematics
M.Sc. ( 2 years) (Chemistry)
Physics and Botany M.Sc. ( 2 years)
M.Sc. ( 2 years) Zoology
M.Sc. (Ag) (2 years) Palli Siksha Bhavana (Institute of Agricultural Science) Subjects || Agronomy || Plant Protection || Agricultural Extension || || Soil Science & Agricult...
M.Mus. (2 years) Sangit Bhavana (Institute of Music, Dance & Drama) Subjects || Rabindra Sangit || Hindusthani Classical Music Vocal || || Hindusthani Classical Music Instr...
M.Fine Arts. (2 years) Kala Bhavana (Institute of Fine Arts) Subjects || Painting || Mural || Sculpture || Graphic Art || || Design (Textiles/ Ceramics) || History of Art ||
M.P.E. (2 years)Vinaya Bhavana (Institute of Education) Subject- Physical Education
M.S.W. (2 years) Social Work Palli Samgathana Vibhaga (Institute of Rural Reconstruction)
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