• Post-independence, the people of the Magadh region – the present day states of Jharkhand and Bihar, desired to revive the lost glory of their knowledge center and struggled for the establishment of a center of higher education for the children of their region. The local populace got the Mahants of the different Mutts and the Budholi to willingly donate 300 and 100 acres of land respectively for the purpose of setting up of a University to be headquartered at Bodh Gaya – the pious land, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.

  • The Governing Body of the Gaya College in a resolution offered to place at the disposal of the Government its entire properties including 75 acres of land for the very purpose of setting up of a University. The generous managing authorities of the famous Manulal Library also promised to gift 16000 of their collection of rare books and journals and another 500 volumes of rare manuscripts to the library of the proposed University. These magnanimous offers forced the Government of Bihar to pass the Magadh University Act in 1961 for the establishment of the Magadh University with BodhGaya as its headquarter.

  • Thus, the University came into its inception on the First day of March in 1962 with 44 constituent colleges. The first academic Session of the University was started in two rented buildings at Mohalla, Murarpur in Gaya with post-graduate teaching facilities in English, Economics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Philosophy and Hindi. The offices of the University started functioning from the red house Near Gandhi Maidan. Post-Graduate teachings in Science subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Botany were started in 1966 in the building of Gaya College.

  • The dynamic leadership of Prof. Kali Kinker Dutta, an eminent historian of our Country and the First Vice-Chancellor of this University, gave an impetus to the developmental activities of the University. The foundation of the present Campus was laid on August 20 1964, by the then President of India, His Excellency Dr. S. Radhakrishnan a noted philosopher, eminent academician and a dedicated teacher of his time. After three-four years, a few more PG Departments like Psychology, Political Science, AIAS, Applied Economics and Commerce, Sanskrit, Pali, Persian, Urdu, Sociology, Labour and Social Welfare, Journalism and Buddhist Studies were added. The office and these new departments were shifted to the present campus. By 1969 all the ongoing construction was completed in a sprawling verdant campus of 400 acres and the remaining part of the University were relocated to the present campus.

  • Situated just 16 Kms. south of Gaya city (the second largest city of Bihar, a District Head-quarter’s and a Divisional Head-quarters) the University was meant to cater to the need of higher education of students of the Gaya, Jehenabad, Aurangabad, Nawada and Nalanda districts. The University also catered to the region of Patliputra, the Magadhan capital city, now known as Patna – the present day capital of Bihar. The Gaya-Dobhi National Highway-83 passes by the University, thus giving it a passage to the East and West corridors of the country,thereby connecting the University to other urban centers of the state and the country.

  • The recently built International Airport will further expand the academic importance of the University to countries like Thailand, Sri-Lanka, Myanmar, Columbia, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Singapore and several other Countries. The University is proud to have such a colorful and rich background.

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