Viswa Bharati University

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The Calcutta High Court granted interim relief to Nobel laureate Amartya Sen recently by prohibiting Visva Bharati University from acting on its decision asking him to relinquish a portion of his land at his property at Shantiniketan.

About Viswa Bharati University:

  • It is one of India's major Central Government funded autonomous Universitylocated in Santiniketan, West Bengal.
  • It is well-known as a distinguished centre for Visual Arts practice and research in India. 
  • The University was established in 1921 by Nobel Prize Laureate Rabindranath Tagore
  • It was named after Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore until the Visva-Bharati Society was registered as an organisation in May 1922.
  • The institution was given the status of a 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 the 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 Basanta Utsab, which attract a number of artisans from all across the country.


Q1) Who was Rabindranath Tagore?

Rabindranath Tagore was a world-renowned poet, litterateur, philosopher and Asia’s first Nobel laureate.He was popularly known as Bard of Bengal, and people used to call him Gurudev.

Source: Calcutta High Court Stays Visva-Bharati's Eviction Order To Amartya Sen