The Central University of Bihar (CUB) is one amongst the 16 new Central Universities established by the Government of India under the Central Universities Act, 2009 (Section 25 of 2009). The first Vice-Chancellor Prof. Janak Pandey joined on 2nd March, 2009 and started functioning from a single room at Hindi Bhawan in Patna. Since then the university has made a steady progress in terms of academic achievements; the numbers of courses being taught; faculty; staff members; computer lab; media lab; science labs; and equipping the classrooms for e-learning.
The university began its academic activities with the MA Programme in Development Studies, in 2009. Till date, the university has been able to offer four Integrated undergraduate (UG) programmes, 16 postgraduate (PG) programmes, and 11 Integrated MPhil – PhD Programmes. The university at present is running its academic programmes from two rented premises in Patna and Gaya.
On February 27, 2014 the foundation stone of the university was laid down by Chancellor and Lok Sabha Speaker Hon’ble Smt. Meira Kumar at its 300-acre land in Panchanpur, Gaya, provided by the Government of India, enabling the university to construct the campus.
2009 - 10: The university made its beginning by establishing the Centre for Development Studies under the School of Social Sciences and Policy, and launched the PG Programme.
2010 - 11: Five more PG Programmes in, viz., Biotechnology, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, and Statistics were launched.
2011 - 12: Three more PG Programmes, viz., Bioinformatics, Communication and Media Studies, and Psychology were added.
2012 - 13: Seven more PG Programmes started, viz., Life Science, Economics, English, Hindi, Political Science and International Relations, Sociology, and MTech in Computer Science.
2013 - 14: Integrated BA. BEd; Integrated BSc. BEd; Integrated BA. LLB (Hons); Integrated BSc. LLB (Hons); and Integrated MPhil – PhD programmes began.
Central University of Bihar offers various programmes of studies under the following 14 Schools, of which eight schools of studies are active:
- School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
- School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
- School of Earth, Biological and Environmental Sciences
- School of Technology
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Social Sciences and Policy
- School of Human Sciences
- School of Languages and Literature
- School of Media, Arts & Aesthetics
- School of Management
- School of Education
- School of Vocational Studies
- School of Law and Governance and
- School of Agriculture and Development
Milestones First & Founder Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Janak Pandey, joined on March 2, 2009
Started functioning from: Hindi Bhawan, Patna
Started Academic Session: In 2009, with the PG Programme in Development Studies
First Convocation held on 26th September, 2013 (Thursday): The First Convocation was graced by Hon’ble Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India as Chief Guest. Hon’ble Smt. Meira Kumar, Chancellor of the University and Speaker, Lok Sabha attended the convocation along with the Chief Minister of Bihar, Hon’ble Nitish Kumar; the Education Minister of Government of Bihar, Hon’ble Shri P. K. Shahi; and many other distinguished guests. A total of 156 graduates of the first three batches since the inception of CUB in 2009 were awarded the Degrees by the dignitaries.
Foundation Stone Laying on 27th February, 2014 (Thursday): The University Chancellor and Lok Sabha Speaker, Hon’ble Smt. Meira Kumar laid down the foundation stone at the 300-acre campus-site amidst great enthusiasm and fervour in Panchanpur, in the district of Gaya in Bihar. Hon’ble Shri P. K. Shahi, Education Minister of Bihar was present as distinguished guest on the occasion along with Shri Sushil Kumar Singh, Member of Parliament, Aurangabad; Shri Hari Manjhi, Member of Parliament, Gaya; and, Dr. Anil Kumar, Member of the Legislative Assembly Tikari.
Prof. Janak Pandey, Vice-Chancellor was present on the occasion along with the other members of the Executive Council, Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Debdas Banerjee, Registrar Prof. Mohammad Nehal, faculty, officers, staff and students. A large number of people from the neighbouring areas and other parts of Bihar gathered at the CUB’s upcoming campus to witness the grand celebration.
CUBET (Central University of Bihar Entrance Test) 2016: Taking a step forward, the university decided to conduct its online entrance test independently for admission of students in the academic session 2016-17. The online entrance test was declared to be conducted at 62 centres across India on 28 and 29th May, 2016.