The Temple of Learning Lalit Narayan
Mithila Vishvidyalaya, Darbhanga is an outcome of the cherished
desire of the people of this region. Eminent academicians like Dr.
Amarnatha Jha, Dr. R.C. Mazumdar, Dr. A. S. Altekar, Dr. Sunit Kumar
Chaterjee and many others had expressed their view in favour of the
establishment of modern University at Darbhanga. The demand was
voiced time and again on the floors of the state legislatures and in
the Parliament. On the 27th January, 1947 (Vasantpanchami Day) at a
meeting of some of the leading citizens of Darbhanga and
Laheriasarai, the Mithila University committee was constituted with
Dr. Amarnatha Jha as the President and Pandit Harinath Mishra as the
The year - 1968 may be regarded as a landmark year in the history of
the University when a UGC team visited Darbhanga in order to explore
the possibility of establishing a multi faculty University here.
Subsequently State Government set up a committee to examine the
administrative and academic structure of a modern University at
Darbhanga, following the recommendations made by the visiting team
of the U.G.C.
The Government of India constituted another committee consisting of
Sri T. P. Singh, Secretary Ministry of Education and Social Welfare,
Sri. R. K. Chhabra, secretary, U.G.C. and Sri N. D. J. Rao,
Education Commissioner, Bihar, to look into the matter of
establishing a University at Darbhanga. They reported that the
establishment of a separate and independent University at Darbhanga
could be considered on merit.
Consequent upon the report of the above mentioned committee and
considering the socio-economic background of the region, the Mithila
University with headquarters at Darbhanga was established by an
ordinance, in 1972 carving out colleges at Darbhanga division and
Kosi division from the then two Universities - Bihar University,
Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur respectively.
After the sad demise of Pt. Lalit Narayan Mishra in January, 1975,
the name of Mithila University was amended as Lalit Narayan Mithila
University. But it was soon reversed to the original name through an
ordinance. However in 1980, the name Lalit Narayan Mithila
University was restored through an ordinance.
The colleges of Kosi Division which were initially attached to this
University in 1972 were transferred to newly established B. N.
Mandal University, Laloonagar, Madhepura, with vertical separation
of the assets and liabilities with effect from 10.01.1992.
UGC Recognition :
1986 should go down as another
important year in the history of L. N. Mithila University, when the
University got much needed recognition of the University Grants
Commission (UGC) under section 12 (A) of the UGC Act paving way for
the receipt of the various types of financial assistance from the
UGC. The UGC started providing institutional development grants
under section 12(B) of the UGC Act since February 1989. This notable
achievement of the University accelerated pace of campus
development. The developmental activities within the University
campus began to stride with the investment of grants received from
the U.G.C. and the State Government. Botany, Physics, Chemistry and
Zoology Science Blocks, Central Library Building, Social Sciences
Block, University, University Health Centre, University Health
Centre, Kosi, Baghmati, and Gandak P.G. Hostels for boys and Archana
(Kamala) Hostel for girl students are new additions to the
structural built of the University campus. The last phase of the
ninth five years plan has set the tempo of construction activities,
as a result of which eight U.G.C. quarters for lecturers, canteen,
an ambitious Silver Jubilee Hall are nearing completion. Besides,
the projects of construction of large stadium, magnificent
auditorium, quarters for Pro-Vice-Chancellor and registrar etc. are
on the anvil.