Visva-Bharati University will soon get the ‘heritage’ tag from UNESCO to take the distinction of world’s first living heritage university.
About Visva Bharati university:
- It is one of India's major Central Government funded autonomous university located in Santiniketan, West Bengal.
- It is well-known as a distinguished centre for Visual Art practice and research in India.
- The university was established in 1921 by Nobel Prize Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore.
- It was named after Nobel Laureate RabindranathTagore until Visva-Bharati Society was registered as an organisation in May 1922.
- The institution was given the status of Central University in 1951 through a central Act.
- Its first vice-chancellor was Rathindranath Tagore, the son of Rabindranath Tagore, and the second vice-chancellor was grandfather of another Nobel Laureate economist Amartya Sen.
- The President of India appoints the Vice-chancellor of the University.
- Visva Bharati University is renowned for its cultural festivals called Poush Mela and the BasantaUtsab which attracts a number of artisans from all across the country.
Q1) Who was Rathindranath Tagore?
He was Rabindranath’s oldest son (second child) and one of his first students at Shantiniketan. He was an agriculturist, carpenter, architect, writer, painter, teacher of genetics at Visva-Bharati and its first vice-chancellor after it became Central University.
Source: UNESCO to soon declare Visva-Bharati world’s first living heritage university