Despite B rating, Tagore's Visva-Bharati university still popular

  • Surojit Ghosh Hazra, Hindustan Times, Santiniketan
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2015 12:26 IST
Students attend an outdoor class on the Visva-Bharati campus (Surojit Hazra/ HT Photo)

Despite securing a B grade in the NAAC assessment, Visva-Bharati, the only central university in the state, has been witnessing a steady flow of students who are seeking admission to the varsity’s courses.

Founded by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921, Visva-Bharati was declared a central university and an institution of national importance by an Act of Parliament in May 1951. It was granted the status of a unitary, teaching and residential university.

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.

On December 22, 1901, Rabindranath founded a school for children at Santiniketan, Brahmacharyasrama, which later was known as Patha Bhavan. This is the bedrock of this university.

Every year, students from various corners of the country and overseas gather here to get admission to this prestigious university.

Earlier, candidates had to collect their forms and prospectus from the university’s office and later from United Bank of India. But from 2014, the varsity tried to conduct the admission process through the online mode to bring in transparency.

The admission process for 2015 has already started. Visva-Bharati has introduced online registration process for admission to different courses from May 10 to June 15.

After completion of the online registration process, applicants were allowed to choose their subjects for various undergraduate, postgraduate, certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses from May 17 to June 15. The university offered both offline and online payment modes.

On July 3, varsity authorities published their merit list of eligible candidates for 29 courses, whereas students of Kala Bhavan (fine arts), Sangeet Bhavan (performing arts) and social work department have to go through admission tests.

Rest of the students, whose names have been published in the merit list, will be screened through a counseling process before being given admission. Counseling will be held on July 9-July 11 in different places of the university. All candidates for PG have to sit for admission tests. Second round of counseling will be held on July 16 and third round on August 3.

This year, Bhasha Bhavan (Institute of Languages, Literature and Culture) will take in 254 students for 13 subjects. This department offers Chinese, Japanese, Indo-Tibetan studies, Bengali, English, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Santhali and European Studies.

Bidya Bhavan (arts department) will take in 202 students for seven subjects for this year. It offers ancient Indian history culture and archaeology, comparative religion, economics, mathematics, philosophy, geography and history.

Siksha Bhavan (science department) will take in 134 students for seven subjects like chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, botany, zoology and computer science. Palli Samgathan Vibhag (rural studies) will take 35 students and Palli Siksha Bhavan (agriculture) 46 students.

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