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Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, West Bengal


Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, West Bengal
Address: Plot / Street / Area
56A Barrackpore Trunk Road
Kolkata (District Kolkata)
West Bengal, India
Pin Code : 700050

Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata West Bengal is a University recognised by UGC. Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata West Bengal was established on / in 1981.

Rabindra Bharati University is situated in Kolkata of West Bengal state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Kolkata comes under Kolkata (Calcutta) Tehsil, Kolkata District.

Fax # of Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata West Bengal is 033-25568079.

email ID(s) is Rabindra Bharati University Kolkata West Bengal

Website of Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata West Bengal is www.rbu.ac.in/, www.rabindrabharatiuniversity.net.

Vice Chancellor : (Dr.) Karunasindhu Das.

Registrar : Sri Gopal Krishna Gandhi.

Contact Details of Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata West Bengal are : Telephone: +91-33-25562543, 25732416, 5568079, 5573028


Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts
* Department of Bengali
* Department of English
* Department of Sanskrit
* Department of History
* Department of Philosophy
* Department of Political Science
* Department of Economics

Faculty of Visual Arts
* Department of Education
* Department of Library and Information Science
* School of Vedic Studies
* Centre for Studies and Research On Tagore

Faculty of Fine Arts
* Department of Rabindra Sangeet
* Department of Vocal Music
* Department of Instrumental Music
* Department of Dance
* Department of Drama
* Department of Musicology
* Department of Mass Communication & Videography
* Department of Painting
* Department of Sculpture
* Department of Graphics (Print Making)
* Department of History of Art
* Department of Applied Art
* Department of Museology

Profile of Rabindra Bharati University

Rabindra Bharati University (Bengali) is a university in Kolkata, India. It was founded on May 8, 1962, under the Rabindra Bharati Act of the Government of West Bengal, 1961, to mark the birth centenary of the GREAT INDIAN POET Rabindranath Tagore. It is located at the Tagore s family home, Jorasanko Thakur Bari.
Of the five Universities that the city of Kolkata can boast of till now, Rabindra Bharati is the third to come into existence. It was founded on May 8, 1962, under the Rabindra Bharati Act of the Government of West Bengal, 1961, to mark the birth centenary of the poet Rabindranath Tagore, in whose ancestral residence it found its first seat and where two of the three faculties of the University, those of Fine Arts and Visual Arts, are still located. With the eventual expansion of the University, the Faculty of Arts was added to its academic base in 1976 and a new campus on 56A, B. T. Road, Kolkata-50 was requisitioned to house it. This new campus has also a Tagore connection. Harakumar Tagore, the poet's uncle, built a mansion called the Emerald Bower, and this building and its parklands, later acquired by the Government of West Bengal, finally became a complex of academic institutions among which this University has the central and larger share. The main administrative office is also situated at the Emerald Bower Campus.

The University was reconstituted in 1981 by the Rabindra Bharati Act, 1981.
Court of the University
Vice Chancellor: Professor (Dr.) Karunasindhu Das


Members of the Court
Sri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Cancellor, Chairman
Prof. Karuna Sindhu Das, Vice-Chancellor
Prof. Bharati Mukherjee
Principal Secretary, Higher Education Deptt., Govt. of West Bengal
Sri Shyamal Kumar Das, Joint Secretary, Deptt. Of Finance, Govt. of West Bengal
Prof. Sanat Kumar Ghosh
Prof. Amita Dutta
Sri Aditya Prasad Mitra
Sri Hari Mohan Bagli
President, West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education
President, West Bengal Board of Secondary Education
Sri Amalendu Sain
President, Bangiya Sahitya Parishad
President, Asiatic Society
President, Academy of Fine Arts
Director, Indian Museum
Prof. Pinaki Nath Mukhopadhyay
Dr. Sima Bandopadhyay (Halder)
Sri Goutam Ghosh
Sri Dipak Kumar Mitra
Sri Tarit Bhattacharya
Smt. Bindi Shaw (Sarkar)
Dr. Krishnakali Bhattacharya
Dr. Nirmalya Narayan Chakraborty
Smt. Srilata Chatterjee
Sri Kallol Kumar Roy
Saidul Islam
Smt. Haimanti Chattopadhyay
Smt. Kaninika Ghosh
Sri Kartik Chandra Manna
Selim Box Mondal
Smt. Tania Dasgupta
Sri Animesh Biswas
Smt. Pritha Bhattacharya
Sri Biplab Saha
Sri Sandip Biswas
Sri Arabinda Banerjee
Sri Keshab Chandra Pal
Sri Nirmal Hait
Smt Suranjana Bhattacharya
Smt. Rupa Bagchi
Prof. Rina Sen
Prof. B. Bhattacharya
Smt. Usha Ganguly
Dr. Tapati Mukherjee, Registrar, Secretary

Rabindra Bharati University Library – a brief profile
The Rabindra Bharati University Library was started along with the establishment of the University in 1962 in order to cater to the information needs of the faculty, research scholars, students, officers and non-teaching staff. Since then, the University library has gone from strength to strength to live up to the expectations of its immediate clientele.

The Library :
In the beginning, the library was located at Maharshi Bhavan, then at Ram Bhavan. Administrative building in Jorasanko Campus and then shifted to Ramanuj Block, Marakat Kunj and then finally now located in the Kendriya Granthagar Bhavan since the month of July 2001.

The University is proud of its libraries which amount to 21 in number. Apart from the large Central Library, (approximately total area 13,000 square feet) and the one at Jorasanko Campus, the University has 17 Departmental Libraries under the faculty of Arts, Fine Arts and Visual Arts. There are also libraries attached with Centre / School of Study. The facilities of the Central Library are used by all categories of member of both the campus.

Library Hours : The library hours of Central library are as follows –

Monday to Friday : 10.15 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Saturday : 10.15 a.m. to 5.45 p.m.

The Central library remains closed on Sunday and other University holidays.

Membership : The membership of this library is open to teachers, students, research scholars, officers and the non-teaching employees of the University. The reading facilities are provided to outside scholars engaged in serious reading and research.

Borrowing privileges of the users : All categories of members except the short term users (on a special permission) are entitled to borrow books from the Central Library.

Scholarships and Stipend


Introduction –
Some extraordinary talents develop society creating legendary results. Though such exceptional talents are few in number but they improve society in a greater way. Many a times its seen that due to lack of financial facility some talents do not bloom to their fullest. Considering such circumstances and social liabilities Rabindrabharati University has undertaken a work schedule to search for exceptional talents among students and their nourishment. Such exceptional talents will create an instance for the society.

Election Procedure –

Every year 3oth November before the starting of financial year, development officers would be requesting departmental heads by notice to search for maximum three exceptional talents amongst students of 1st and 2nd year Graduation and Post Graduation level – Ist year and send their names. This memorandum should be sent to the development department upto 15th December. Thereafter vice chancellor not connected with the university, such one or more specialists would appoint from among selected candidates one person for final decision. If no one among selected candidates is found to be eligible for judging, then the judge will announce no one to be fit.

Amount of Financial Help –
Every year an amount of 1 lakh 10 thousand will be allotted for this purpose in the University budget. Out of this 20,000 would be allotted for administrative expenses and the rest 20,000 would be allotted for grant. Generally every year, three students will be elected and an amount of maximum 30,000 rupees would be granted to them as financial help. If number of elected students is more or less than three, then the maximum limit of expense would be decided after dividing the ninety thousand rupees among the elected candidates. But each student would not get more than fifty thousand. This financial help would not be in the form of cash. The judges apart from electing the students would also announce the kind of help required for flourishing their talent and would arrange for the required items within the prescribed limit.

In this regard, a subcommittee comprising of the vice chancellor, registrar, finance officer, and development officer would decide. The development officer would act as the conveyor of the subcommittee for the approval of the work committee.

Honorary money for judges and other administrative expenses –

One time honorary grant for each judge is a thousand rupees and local transport conveyance.

Arrangement of the granted amount –

Any elected student would receive the financial help maximum upto two years during his studentship. In this regard the finance department would transfer the allotted amount for the student in his respective account and would carry out his expenses from that. The elected students will not receive any financial help or grant from the university.

University Museum
Rabindra Bharati Museum was established in the two hundred and seventeen year old building 'Jorasanko Thakurbari' on 8th May by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India. This museum can be considered as the storehouse of memoirs of Rabindranath Tagore consisting of his original paintings, photographs and other valuable documents which our country is proud of.

In the year 1961, as a part of centenary celebration of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the then Chief Minister Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray legally procured the house where Rabindranath was born, spent a major part of his life and breathed his last. Finally a museum was established in this two hundred and seventeen year old building "Jorasanko Thakurbari" on 8th May by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India.

In its inception the museum covered approximately 3000 sq.ft. floor area with forty original paintings of Rabindranath acquired from Rathindranath Tagore by West Bengal Govt. and hundred photographs came as a permanent loan from National Library. The Museum is an integral part of the Rabindra Bharati University, established in 1962, for the advancement of the highest education in various disciplines of Humanities and Performing Arts.

The main objective behind such establishment was to perpetuate the memory of the great poet Rabindranath as well as the part played by the other eminent members of this illustrious family in the resurgence of Bengal during 19th Century.

Rabindra Bharati Museum organises celebration programmes on the first day of the month of Vaishakh, (25th Vaishakh, 22nd Shravana), the birthday and the date of poet’s demise respectively. It also celebrates the birth anniversaries of Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, Jyotirindranath, Abanindranath and Dinendranath. Lectures are arranged on different subjects related with the life of Rabindranath during the month of August.

Timings to visit the museum :
From November – January
6.00 P.M. – 6.40 P.M. – Bengali
7.00 P.M. – 7.40 P.M. – English

Monsoonal Break (July – September)
From February - June
7.00 P.M. – 7.40 P.M. – Bengali
8.00 P.M. – 8.40 P.M. - English

Entry fee : Rs 10/-

Closed on Mondays and Thursdays. Students from Schools, Colleges and other Educational Institutions will be charged a fee of Rs. 5/- Per head, when booked in advance in block.

Ravindra Bharati was established on May 8, 1962, under the Rabindra Bharati Act bythe Government of West Bengal to mark the birth centenary of Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindra Bharati University also known as Rabindra Bharati is the third university to come into existence in Kolkata. Rabindra Bharati University offers a serene atmosphere with close connections to the natural environment for study. The University was founded as a mark of tribute towards the great literary figure, Rabindranath Tagore, on the occasion of his 100th birth year.

Rabindra Bharati University is a university with its campus in Kolkata. It was established under the Rabindra Bharati Act of West Bengal in 1961. It was founded on May 8, 1962 on the occasion of birth centenary of the Nobel laureute Rabindranath Tagore. It is located at the Tagore family home, Jorasanko Thakur Bari. The University provides courses in Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

In 1962, the university occupied the former residence of Rabindranath Tagore. The Fine Arts and Visual Arts faculties of the University remained there while the Faculty of Arts which came into being in 1976 was located in the new campus. The new campus is on the grounds of the Emerald Bower. It is a mansion built by Harakumar Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore`s uncle. Later the mansion was occupied by the Government of West Bengal and became a complex of academic institutions. Rabindra Bharati University has a major share in the campus. The Emerald Bower Campus is also the administrative seat of the University.

The Rabindra Bharati University has a distinguished faculty and alumni. Do you love to take part in dance and music concert or play a part in the dramatic performances? Then you should definitely take admission in Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata.

The first thing that strikes the mind of the students visiting the campus of Rabindra Bharati University is its serene atmosphere with close connections to the natural environment. As the name gives away, the university was founded as mark of respect towards the great literary figure of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore, on the occasion of his 100th birth year. The Rabindra Bharati University has created a different meaning of education for its students, which includes enrichment through participation in cultural programmes like folk fairs and art exhibitions.

The Rabindra Bharati University, one of the Universities in Kolkata, accepts application for admission in its various courses in the month of April. The notifications for admissions are given in the official website of the university from time to time.

The Rabindra Bharati University course includes research paper of the works of Tagore, which makes it the Mecca for students who adore the works of Tagore. Apart from that the students can also enroll themselves in courses offering training in Vocal Music and Rabindra Sangeet, Instrumental Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Painting and Sculpture.

Established in the year 1962, the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata has created a niche of its own in the educational scenario of the city.


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Rabindra Bharati Univ VC gheraoed

Students of English department gheraoed the new Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, Prof. Chinmoy Guha yesterday. The students demanded a mass review of their Part I answer scripts which the V-C has declined.

The students sounded quite dejected with their result published on Friday. They claimed that their examination was good enough to score at least 60 pc. They demanded a re-assessment of their whole answer papers. However, UGC rules suggest that re-assessment is possible only to three parts of the whole.

Its a request from my side that everyone should collect their mark-sheet at an immediate basis and then only he-she can prove his-her dissatisfaction part wise categorically. We will definitely try our level best to get the review process done as soon as possible, VC said.

According to the University examination control department, out of 284 only one has been succeeded to score 60 per cent marks whereas 183 students comes in between 50 to 60 per cent marks. Though few allegations are there that Student Federation of India (SFI) unit of RBU might have masterminded the anarchy.

Tagores city pays tributes on his sesquicentennial

Rabindranath Tagores city Monday paid tributes to the bard on his 150th birth anniversary with a series of programmes, including cultural functions, exhibitions, book releases and film shows.

Traditional recitals of Tagore songs were organised in the morning in his North Kolkata ancestral home at Jorasanko Thakurbari, now the main campus of the Rabindra Bharati University (RBU), and also at the state-run Rabindra Sadan auditorium.

RBU vice-chancellor Karuna Sindhu Das, along with members of the universitys senior faculty, paid tributes to Gurudev in his room at Thakurbari which was kept open to the public throughout the day.

With elections to the state Assembly still on, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his cabinet colleagues stayed away from the sesquicentennial functions keeping in mind the Election Commissions model code of conduct.

The ruling Left Front has rendered the State Election Commission virtually powerless

Often the state governments claim that the elections are being held free and fair in their states. As India is the biggest democratic country, people are expected to participate in elections to strengthen the basics of democracy. But does the same happen when the state is West Bengal?

Across India, the elections to municipalities, municipal corporations and panchayats are now held under the direct supervision and guidance of the State Election Commission (SEC). The amendments to the Constitution, in late 1990s, paved the way for setting up of the SEC to conduct such elections in all Indian states. And to match the constitutional requirements, West Bengal set up SEC in 1994. Before that Municipal elections were being conducted by the Department of Municipal Affairs of the state government. People of the state are aware of the fact that the elections to local self-governments are not politically one-sided as they are conducted by the SEC. A closer look into the functioning of the SEC and its powers would disclose how the successive Left Front governments have made this pious institution a crippled subordinate office.

The Article 243 K Clause (III) of the Constitution says, The Governor of the state shall when so requested by the SEC to make available to the State Election Commission such staff as may be required to discharge of function conferred on the SEC by Clause I. It means, the SEC would get adequate staff as per requirement to conduct elections to the local self-governments. But the same is not happening in West Bengal. In fact, the West Bengal State Election Commission Act-1994, passed by the state Assembly to set up SEC, has been drafted in such a way that the commission has become toothless.

The SEC is suffering from lack of staff since its inception. It doesnt have adequate staff with 30 per cent of the seats vacant. Presently, the SEC is working with total 30 staff members, including Group D staff. It is simply unimaginable for a big state like West Bengal. The SEC has requested the Home Department of state government to fill in its staff and confer the adequate powers divested under the Central Act, but all in vain. The state Act has large anomalies with the Central Act and constitutional amendments. The state has failed to supervise or conduct free and fair elections. As alleged by several quarters, the appointments to the post of State Election Commissioner have always been a political prerogative. They were allotted to those IAS officers or chief secretaries who showed their loyalty to the main constituent of the Left Front. In West Bengal, if you ask a common man about the role of retired senior bureaucrats, namely Tarun Kumar Dutta (first State Election Commissioner), Anish Majumdar, Ajoy Sinha, Ashok Gupta or the present State Election Commissioner Neela Gupta, they will regard them as the staunch supporters of CPI(M). Also, the SEC has been unable to deliver its major responsibilities of supervision, control and deliver during the election period.

Interestingly, the SEC does not even have the power to decide upon the election date. This power is vested with the state government. According to the state Act, the state government decides upon the date and then ask the SEC to do the job. On the other hand, the SECs of Karnataka, Gujarat or other states have the power to fix the dates. The West Bengal SEC has repeatedly requested the state government to empower them with this right, but the state government is least bothered.

In fact, the state can not organise votes to all colleges on a single day as it lacks the security staff. But the election to 81 civic bodies that takes place in the whole state is being held on a single day as advised by the government and agreed to by the Opposition. So, maintaining law and order would be a tough job. Even the Left Front chairman Biman Bose fears large scale disturbances during the polls. But the SEC can not do anything as the state act has vested this power also with the state. While the Central Election Commission can arrange security force deployment according to the need, the state can not. It can just refer that to the state government.

Physical infrastructure of the SEC office is virtually absent. In this era of IT, the SEC office can be termed as an ancient model. No modern communication system has been installed in the office.

Last comes the power of delimitation of municipal wards. It has happened in all the municipalities that are going to vote on May 30 to elect a new set of councillors. But the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is an exception as the SECs power of delimitation is also subject to state governments approval. And one can allege that these approvals are subjected to political advantages. As the Left Front desires to retain KMC by hook or crook, the delimitation process will have to wait.

Musical programmes to celebrate Tagores birthday

With a number of musical programmes to be held all over the state and a handicraft fair in the city, West Bengal on Monday geared up to celebrate the 151st birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on Tuesday.

Organised jointly by the West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts along with Rabindra Bharati University, the 26th Lokshilpa O Karukriti Mela was inaugurated by Higher Education Minister Bratya Basu at Jorasanko Thakurbari, the ancestral home of the Tagore family in north Kolkata.

Altogether 50 artists, craftspersons and weavers have come from different parts of the state along with their wide range
of handicraft products like patachitras, decorative items made of sola (spongewood), Chhau dance masks, dhokra handloom items, batik work, baluchari and kantha-stitch sarees.

WB: Musical programmes, craft fair to celebrate Rabindranath Tagores birthday.Celebrated according to the Bengali calendar, Tagores birthday, known as Pachisse (25th) Baishakh in Bengali, has been declared a holiday by the state government.

The state government will organise a cultural event on Tuesday where leading singers and elocutionists will preform.
Besides exponents like Dwijen Mukhopadhyay, Ajoy Chakraborti and Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta, Bengali bands Bhoomi, Dohar and Chandrabindoo too will perform. Danseuse Alokananda Roy will also present a dance-drama based on Tagore works.
Officials said similar programmes will be organised in the city and districts from Wednesday.

At Visva-Bharati university in Shantinekatan set up by Tagore, the day will be celebrated in traditional style.
The Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre will have a Tagore dance and drama festival for a fortnight.

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