Jai Prakash Vishwavidyala (University) was established on 22.11.90 by the enactment of Section 3(b) of Bihar State Universities Act, 1976 with its Head Quarters at Chapra, after Carving it out from the then, Bihar University (now B.R.A. Bihar University) Muzaffarpur. The territorial jurisdiction of the University is stretched over the whole of Saran Division Comprising three districts of Chapra, Siwan and Gopalganj. The Colleges situated in these districts were automatically transferred to Jai Prakash University, Chapra. There are altogether 21 constitute Colleges, 2 affiliated deficit Grant Colleges (including one minority college) and 10 affiliated Colleges. These Constituent Colleges
Earlier, all the above constituent Colleges now under J.P.University, Chapra were under the territorial jurisdiction of the then Bihar University, Muzaffarpur. These Colleges had been established and were functional much before the birth of J. P. University. Rajendra College, Chapra the oldest College (established in the year 1936) of this University, occupies a Special Status in the field of higher Eduation. All the Constituent Colleges are registered with the U.G.C. under Section 12(f) of the U.G.C. Act and are getting U.G.C. grants.
There are altogether Sixteen P.G. Departments which have proved their excellence in imparting quality Education in the field of Higher Education and providing opportunities to the Students in carrying out research works of international Standard coping with the need of the days.
The J.P. University, Chapra has achieved its success in translating its primary and provide quality education to the Students of this backward region of Bihar into practical reality. Now the Students of this region, who were unable to go to other Universities inside or outside the State and were compelled to discontinue their higher Studies due to financial constraint's are finding themselves in a position to attain higher education & showing their worth, that in no way they are lagging behind the students of other regions.
Jai Prakash University, Chapra has 8620 Departments listed that offer various academic courses.
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