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Visva-Bharati University, India

It is a Central University in India and a Centre for National Importance. It was founded by the poet, writer and social reformer Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. It is celebrating 100 years now.

Presence in: India
Focus: Education

Founded by the first non-European Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Thākur(popularly known as Tagore) in 1921, Visva-Bharati was declared to be a central university and an institution of national importance by an Act of Parliament in 1951. The President of India is the Paridarsaka (Visitor) of the University, the Governor of West Bengal is the Pradhana (Rector), and the Prime Minister of India acts as the Acharya (Chancellor). The President of India appoints the Upacharya (Vice-chancellor) of the University.

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. It has been imparting teaching in various departments as per University framework.

However in Visva-Bharati there is an unique mission of including community based learning in its Sriniketan campus which hosts department like Social Work, Rural Extension Centre and Centre for Handicrafts Training. The vision is to instill the motto of rural reconstruction in the curriculum and teaching through ‘learning by doing’ among the students. The University also has a vibrant cultural environment with various seasonal fairs, festivals and specific days observed and organised involving not only the University community but also the village community in the neighbourhood.

People Associated With This Organization

Paramita Roy

India  
Visva-Bharati University, India
Joined July 2021
Interests: Gender-based violence, Livelihoods, Women's Rights
I, Dr. Paramita Roy, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India for two decades. I am trained academically in Economics and Social Work. I have been teaching economic policies, social development and research methodology for graduate and post graduate students. I am supervising several doctoral students and have gender violence, rural indigenous industries, women and work, adolescent health, health insurance for the poor, disability studies and social governance as my research interests. I have contributed to journals, books and have participated in various academic deliberations. I am also involved with various welfare organizations for community based welfare initiatives. I would like to involve in collaborative projects with you apart from understanding in details your involvement in social welfare.
Paramita Roy is the network champion (main point of contact) for Visva-Bharati University, India.

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