Santiniketan – Rabindranath Tagore’s Visva-Bharati University
Santiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore’s Visva-Bharati University is a world famous university at Birbhum district in the state of West Bengal, India.
Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s vision played a major role in shaping the policies of this great University which is now known as Visva-Bharati University.
Rabindranath Tagore’s house and the university attracts a lot of tourists. Many of his literary works were written sitting at this house here.
Santinikatan means abode of peace. The learning style here is in natural environment sitting under trees, which makes learning more enjoyable and fun.
Santiniketan was started n 1901 as a school by Rabindranath Tagore. In 1913 Rabindranath Tagore was awarded Novel Prize in Literature. In 1921 the school was upgraded as a University and it became a central university in 1951.
Chancellor of the Visva-Bharati University is the Prime Minister of India. Santiniketan was earlier known as Bhubandanga.
Kala Bhavana, the art college in Shanti Niketan, Visva-Bharati University is regarded as one of the best art colleges in the world. Vidya Bhavana is humanities college and Shiksha Bhavana is the science institute. Sangit Bhavana is the Music, dance and drama college while Vinaya Bhavana; is the education division. There are many other divisions; Rabindra Bhavana the one which caters to Tagore Studies and Research.
There are two campus; one at Santiniketan and the other at Sriniketan. Sriniketan campus is for the study of agriculture, adult education, handicrafts, cottage industries and village welfare.
Amartya Sen, an Economics Nobel laureate of 1998 was born at Shantiniketan and studied at Shantiniketan. Indira Gandhi, Former Indian Prime Minister of India and Satyajit Ray world renowned film director were among the most illustrious students of Shantiniketan.
Where is Rabindranath Tagore’s Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan?
Santiniketan is around 212 kilometers north of Kolkata city. Santiniketan is well connected by roads to all parts of the country.
Kolkata (Calcutta) is the nearest airport. Bolpur Shantiniketan railway station is the nearest railway station to Shantinikatan, at 2 kilometers away.