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Seal of the Rabindra Bharati University
|Vice-Chancellor||Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury|
Rabindra Bharati University is a university in Kolkata, India. It was founded on May 8, 1962, under the Rabindra Bharati Act of the Government of West Bengal in 1961, to mark the birth centenary of the poet Rabindranath Tagore. It is located at the Tagore family home, Jorasanko Thakur Bari.
The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Performing Arts and Visual Arts under the Faculty of Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and other subjects under the Faculty of Arts.
The present Vice-Chancellor of the university is Professor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, a noted social scientist and political commentator.
At the university's founding in 1962, it occupied the former home of Rabindranath Tagore. While two of the three faculties of the University, those of Fine Arts and Visual Arts, are still located there, when the Faculty of Arts was founded in 1976, it was located on a new campus at 56A, B. T. Road, Kolkata-50. The new campus was on the grounds of the "Emerald Bower," a mansion built by Harakumar Tagore, the poet's uncle. The mansion and its parklands, later acquired by the Government of West Bengal, 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.
The Jorasanko Thakur Bari is the ancestral home of the Tagore family, located at campus. It is the house in which the poet and first non-European Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore was born. It is also the place where he spent most of his childhood and died on 7 August 1941.
Some of the other services which are provided by the University are the access to the database, photocopying services, information and reference service, inter-library loan and display of the new arrivals at the central library. The university now also provides a post-graduate degree for external students in its new Salt Lake Campus.
In July 2011, a non-teaching staff member died after he was allegedly punched up by students, after instructing them to move inconveniently parked motorcycles. An assistant professor allegedly waved a revolver and threatened to shoot employees who protested the death. Five students and the assistant professor were arrested. In a later press conference, students claimed the death was accidental.
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