Magadh University has covered a long eventful journey since its inception in the year 1962. It is extremely fortunate and blessed to be located at Bodh-Gaya, where Lord Buddha got enlightenment. This was possible because of the generous gesture of the Mahantha of Bodh-Gaya, who donated 470 acres of land at a distance of 2 km. from the Mahabodhi Temple, where the headquarter of the University has come up. Bodh-Gaya, a sacred place of pilgrimage, a unique centre of Buddhist learning and the ancient seat of Vajrasana as well as symbol of enlightenment, sublimity and compassion, is the headquarter of Magadh University. The University headquarter is situated at a distance of 15 km. from Gaya city and is well connected with Rail, Road and Airways. International airport is situated near the University headquarter, where facilities of national and international flights are available. Bodh Gaya is a World Heritage Centre attracting large number of tourists specially from Far East and Western countries. Students of Thailand, Vietnam, Burma and other Buddhist countries are studying in regular courses at the University headquarter and it is expected that apart from students of these countries the students of other South Asian countries will also be benefited through distance mode of learning being offered by the Directorate of Distance Education, Magadh University, Bodh-Gaya.
Magadh University is situated in a lush green and pollution & noise-free atmosphere. The University provides facilities for higher learning and research in the faculties of Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and Commerce.
The University started functioning from 2nd March, 1962 with only 2 constituent colleges, 32 affiliated colleges and 7 P.G Departments. In 1992, seventeen constituent colleges were transferred to the newly constituted V K. Singh University, Arrah (Bhojpur). The University at present has grown into a vast institution having 24 Post-graduate departments, 44 constituent colleges and 85 affiliated colleges imparting higher education in Humanities, Social Science, Science, Commerce, Medical, Engineering & Management courses. Several professional / vocational courses like M.B.A., M.C.A., B.C.A., B.B.M. Environmental Science, Tourism & Travel Management, Counselling & Rehabilitation, Journalism & Mass Communication, etc. are being run in different constituent / affiliated colleges of the University. There are two Govt. Medical Colleges, Two private Engineering Colleges and One private Dental College and three Law colleges under the University. Magadh University has enough land, buildings, Computer Labs and other infrastructural facilities to impart quality education through distance mode of learning also.
The Directorate of Distance Education has been established with the permission of the UGC-DEB, State Govt. of Bihar & Raj Bhawan. The Regulations of various courses of this directorate have been prepared and finalized by the statutory bodies of University and approved by the Inter University Board (Bihar).
The Directorate of Distance Education offers courses in higher learning through distance mode of education to such students of the country in general, and the State of Bihar in particular, who are deprived of taking admission in conventional institutions or who are unable to study there as day boarders, but are still desirous to upgrade their educational attainments. The courses offered by the DDE, Magadh University are innovative, Job oriented and self satisfying and designed for independent learners who receive study materials and supports from the Directorate and from the Study Centres. Students require commitment and motivation to ensure that the quality of education performance could be maintained at higher level.
Dr. Prof. Mohammed Ishtiyaque
It is a pleasure for us that our Magadh University is a citadel of learning which enjoys both Para and Apara Vidya simultaneously. Open learning programme is meant for those who pursue higher studies as day boarders because they are either employed and otherwise engaged
It gives me immense pleasure to write a few words on the newly established Directorate of Distance Education of Magadh University offering several vocational and professional courses through the distance mode of learning to such students of the country in general and the State of Bihar in particular, who have not been able to continue their education in conventional institutions due to various constraints and under special circumstances. Open learning programme is for those who pursue higher studies as day boarders because wither they are employed or self employed in jobs, which do not permit them to do so, but are still desirous to upgrade their educational attainment.' The students of the State of Bihar are migrating to other states for these courses, causing them and their parents too much inconvenience, leading to huge expenditure in the form of course fee, boarding and lodging, etc. Only a small chunk of students can afford to have regular courses in other states. Keeping in view the existing infrastructure of the University, perceiving the constraints faced by many aspirants of higher education in pursuing studies in face-to-face mode, the Directorate of Distance Education, Magadh University, BodhGaya has been established by adopting all necessary technical formalities. The Directorate has introduced sixteen vocational and professional courses under distance learning mode including B.Ed. programme.
Prof.(Dr.) Md. Israil Khan
Magadh University, BodhGaya
Prof. Dr. Md. Israil khan Director - Chairman- cum- Member secretary
Dr. Bharat Bhushan Director, DEB - Member
Prof. Kapil Deo Singh - Member
Dr. S. K. Singh - Member
Prof. Parshuram Singh - Member
Prof. Balkrishna - Member
Dr. Vijay Kumar Sinha - Member
Dr. P. K. Dhal - Member