Mahatma Gandhi Central University


Mahatma Gandhi Central University
Mahatma Gandhi Central University logo.png
Established2016 (5 years ago) (2016)
ChancellorMahesh Sharma
Vice-ChancellorSanjeev Kumar Sharma
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WebsiteOfficial website

Mahatma Gandhi Central University (MGCU), is a central university located in Motihari, Bihar, India. MGCU has 7 schools and 20 academic departments. This is the second Central University in Bihar after Central University of South Bihar (CUSB).


The Central Universities (Amendment) Act, 2014 which received presidential assent on December 17, 2014, provided for the establishment of Mahatma Gandhi Central University having its territorial jurisdiction extending to the territory in the North of the River Ganges in the State of Bihar.[1] MGCU became functional on 3 February 2016. The university was started in 2016–17 with both UG and PG courses in 7 schools and 15 departments.


MGCU is located at Motihari, Bihar India. The nearest airport from the university is at Patna which is approximately 170 Kilometers away from Motihari. Motihari is also connected to all the major cities by train. The nearest railway station is Bapudham Motihari (BMKI) which is approximately 2 kilometers from the Temporary Campus at Zila School, Motihari.

The permanent campus is in developing phase. The permanent campus is being developed at Bankat-Bairiya village, Motihari on 310 acres of land. The nearest railway station is Bapudham Motihari (BMKI) which is approximately 4 kilometers from the permanent campus at Bankat-Bairiya village. Motihari is also well connected to all major cities and towns of Bihar and adjoining states by road through a network of four-lane National Highway.

Organisation and administration


The university is governed by the rules set by the Central Universities Act, 2009.[2] The president of India is the visitor of the university. The chancellor is the ceremonial head of the university while the executive powers rest with the vice-chancellor. The court, the executive council, the academic council, the board of studies and the finance committee are the administrative authorities of the university.

The university court is the supreme authority of the university and has the power to review, the broad policies and programmes of the university and to suggest measures for the improvement and development of the university; The executive council is the highest executive body of the university. The academic council is the highest academic body of the university and is responsible for the co-ordination and exercising general supervision over the academic policies of the university. It has the right to advise the executive council on all academic matters. The finance committee is responsible for recommending financial policies, goals, and budgets.

Schools and departments

The university has 7 schools and 20 departments:[3]

  • School of Commerce & Management Sciences
    • Department of Commerce
    • Department of Management Sciences
  • School of Computational Sciences, Information and Communication Technology
    • Department of Computer Science & Information Technology
    • Department of Library and Information Science
    • Department of Media Studies
  • School of Education
    • Department of Educational Studies
  • School of Humanities & Languages
    • Department of English
    • Department of Hindi
    • Department of Sanskrit
  • School of Life Sciences
    • Department of Biotech and Genome
    • Department of Botany
    • Department of Zoology
  • School of Physical Sciences
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
  • School of Social Sciences
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of Social Work
    • Department of Sociology

Academic profile


The university admits students to various UG, PG, and PhD programmes through the Entrance exam conducted by the university itself. Entrance Exam held annually on various exam centres across India.[4]


Atal Bihari Vajpayee Central Library (a learning resource centre) of Mahatma Gandhi Central University was established in the year 2016. The university library has more than 26000+ books, 13 magazines, 11 newspapers and 125+ donated book which providing access to scholarly information, research support and study facilities to the teaching and non-teaching staff, students and research scholars.[5]

Activism and controversy

In 2017, the university terminated two assistant professors without citing any prior notice, which caused heavy protest by the students of university.[6] In June 2018, students of the university launched heavy protest after the university increased fees.[7] Later that month, faculty members sat on hunger strike after the university issued a show cause notice to a professor.[8]

In August 2018, Sanjay kumar, an assistant professor of the university, was attacked for criticising Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a Facebook post.[9] This led to the closure of the university[10] for a 15-day period.[11]

In October 2018, the vice-chancellor of the university, Arvind Kumar Agrawal, was accused of some anomalies in his educational qualifications.[12] This led to his resignation a week later, and the appointment of the pro-chancellor Anil Kumar Rai for the position.[13]


  1. ^ "Central University (Amendment) Act, 2014" (PDF). The Gazette of India. Government of India. 17 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Central Universities Act, 2009". Government of India. 20 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Programmes". Mahatma Gandhi Central University.
  4. ^[full citation needed]
  5. ^ "Central Library". Mahatma Gandhi Central University.
  6. ^ "महात्मा गांधी केंद्रीय विश्वविद्यालय के कुलपति के खिलाफ नाराजगी, बिना वजह बताए दो अध्यापकों को हटाया". NDTV. 5 October 2017.
  7. ^ "शुल्क में की गई वृद्धि को वापस लें कुलपति". Hindustan (in Hindi). 14 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Varsity staff strike". The Telegraph. 16 June 2018.
  9. ^ Natrajkumar, Nandita (18 August 2018). "Bihar college professor attacked over post criticising former PM Atal Bihari Vajpapee". International Business Times.
  10. ^ Kumar, Abhay (20 August 2018). "FB post on Vajpayee: Varsity shut after prof thrashed". Deccan Herald.
  11. ^ "Mahatma Gandhi Central University: Mahatma Gandhi Central University reopens after 15-day closure | Patna News - Times of India". The Times of India. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  12. ^ Pandey, Neelam (29 October 2018). "Vice-chancellor of a central university accused of faking German PhD, HRD seeks answers". ThePrint. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  13. ^ Kumar, Roshan (16 November 2018). "Bihar university VC resignation confirmed". Telegraph India. Retrieved 20 April 2020.

External links

  • Official website