Rabindra Bharati University is the third oldest University amongst the five Universities that the city of Kolkata can boast of till now. It was founded on May 8, 1962, under the Rabindra Bharati Act of the Government of West Bengal, 1961. It was set up 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.
DDE – The Directorate of Distance Education, Rabindra Bharati University offers Correspondence Courses in:
The syllabus for each subject in the relevant course shall be the same as in the formal stream for on-campus students. The examinations, shall be of the same standard.
1. Faculty of Arts
2. Faculty of Visual Arts
3. Faculty of Fine Arts
Employment Oriented Guidance Programme – In pursuance of the ideals of Rabindranath Tagore (‘Education has to be life-sustaining’), Rabindra Bharati University introduced in June, 1998 a self-financing guidance programme, the first of its kind among the Universities of West Bengal, for helping students succeed in various Competitive Examinations for employment and also in personality development.
Under the Programme, guidance for the following courses is in progress at present
1. West Bengal Civil Services (WBCS) Examinations : Prelim. & Main.
2. UGC – NET and SLET for Humanities & Science.
3. School Service Commission Examination.
4. English for Communication.