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Established in 2009, Central University of South Bihar is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the metropolis of Patna (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), Bihar. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) is a very small (enrollment range: under-250 students) coeducational higher education institution. Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as master degrees in several areas of study. This 8 years old H.E. institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 0-10% making this Indian higher education organization a most selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. CUSB also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.
The Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) is one of the sixteen newly established Central Universities by the Government of India under the Central Universities Act, 2009 (Section 25 of 2009) The university is located at the premises of Birla Institute of Technology, Patna (BIT Campus, P.O.- B.V. College, Patna – 800 014) The university is likely to be relocated to Panchanpur, approximately 10 km from Gaya on Defence land to be transferred soon. The area near Panchanpur where the university campus is to be started has good natural scenic beauty with lots of greenery. It takes about 15 minutes by road from Gaya Railway Station to the University Campus. The closest village to the campus is Dariyapur easily visible from the main gate of the University Campus. The decision of the central government to build the university campus in Gaya has many advantages since the location of Gaya and Panchapur is very strategic with International exposure. Bodh Gaya can be reached within 30-35 mins by road from the university campus. Since the campus is very big, it may provide excellent environment of education. Keeping in view of the permanent location of the university at Gaya, it has been decided to launch new academic programmes at Gaya. It operates from a temporary campus on the grounds of Birla Institute of Technology, Patna. The university will now have its own campus in Gaya. On 28 February 2014, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar laid the foundation stone of the Central University of South Bihar at Gaya. It will be spread in 300 acre campus. After establishment of Mahatama Gandhi Central University in Motihari after the Central Universities (Amendment) Act 2014 is passed in Rajya Sabha, the university will be renamed to Central University of South Bihar. Third Central University in Bihar will be established at Vikramshila in Bhagalpur
As stated in the Section 5 of the Act, the objective of the University shall be: “… to disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities in such branches of learning as it may deem fit; to make special provisions for integrated courses in humanities, social sciences, and technology in its educational programmes; to take appropriate measures for promoting innovations in teaching-learning process and inter-disciplinary studies and research; to educate and train manpower for the development of the country; to establish linkages with industries for the promotion of science and technology and to pay special attention to the improvement of the social and economic conditions and welfare of the people, their intellectual, academic and cultural development.”
President of India, Honourable Shri Pranab Mukherjee, is the Visitor of the Central University of Bihar.
Honourable Speaker of Lok Sabha, Smt. Meira Kumar is the first Chancellor of Central University of Bihar.
The President of India, in his capacity as the Visitor of the University, has appointed Janak Pandey as the first Vice Chancellor of the University. Janak Pandey was the founder Vice Chancellor whose tenure completed in March 2014.
M. Nehal a distinguished scientist and administrator was the first Registrar of the Central University of South Bihar.
In pursuance of its objectives and considering the emerging needs of the society, the University evolved through different Programmes ever since its inception in 2009. Initially the university offered only postgraduate studies, in various fields. It made a modest beginning by establishing the Centre for Development Studies under the School of Social Sciences and Policy and launched a two-year Master of Arts in Development Studies in the academic year 2009-2010. In the following Academic Year 2010-11, University launched five more Masters Programmes in Biotechnology, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Statistics. Three more Masters Programmes – Bioinformatics, Communication & Media Studies and Psychology – were added in Academic Year 2011-12. In Academic Year 2012-13, seven new Masters Programmes – Life Science, Economics, English, Hindi, Political Science & International Relations, Sociology and M.Tech. in Computer Science – were started. The University has offered conducive environment, adequate infrastructure support and innovative pedagogies to nurture the students who have joined the University considering unique characteristics of its courses and pedagogy.
The first convocation of the University was held on September 26, 2013.
- School of Earth, Biological and Environmental Sciences.
- Center for Biological Sciences
- Center for Environmental Sciences
- School of Human Sciences.
- Center for Psychological Sciences
- School of Languages and Literature.
- Center for Foreign Languages
- Center for Indian Languages
- School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.
- Department of Computer Science
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Statistics
- School of Media, Art & Aesthetics.
- School of Social Sciences and Policy.
- School of Education
- School of Law and Governance
- School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
- School of Technology
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Management
- School of Vocational Studies
- School of Agriculture and Development
Observing the importance of the location of this university, CUSB Gaya, has enormous possibilities to achieve Global exposure. CUSB Campus near Dariyapur Gaya, has clean and peaceful surrounding with a very well equipped campus (work in progress) which is very advantageous to invite/admit students from different parts of the globe. The International exposure of this university can globalize Bihar and its youth.
Central University of Bihar Motihari
Bihar got its second Central University in Motihari, which was announced by Central Government in August 2013.
Admission used to be through Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET), and in addition, in some cases, interview or group discussion. Now the university conducts its own test christened as CUSBET, across cities in India which can be viable as examination centres.