Vinoba Bhave University was established in the year 1992 with its headquarter at Hazaribag, the divisional headquarter of North Chhotanagpur division of the state of JHARKHAND. It is situated at a distance of 100 K.M. from Ranchi, The capital of Jharkhand. Vinoba Bhave University is imparting post-graduate teaching and research in Physical Science, Life Science, Earth Science, Social Science, Humanities, Commerce, Technology and Medical Science.
Beside 22 colleges are managed and maintained by the university, including St. Columbas College, Hazaribag one of the oldest and well established college in the Eastern India(Estd. 1899). Seventy affiliated colleges are also imparting teaching up to undergraduate level in all the above mentioned subjects and in law, Education, Homeopathy and Ayurvedic Medicines. Every year, 900 B.Tech, 4000 graduate in the general courses, 550 graduates in professional and vocational courses and 500 post graduate including M.Tech. Degree are being awarded. Since its inception more than 400 Ph.D. degree have been awarded in all the above mentioned subjects, including technology..
Vinoba Bhave University is funded by the agencies of Government of India and Jharkhand State. It's jurisdiction in Ayurved and Homeopathic extends to the entire State of Jharkhand.
In other faculties, it's Colleges and Institutions are located in the districts of Hazaribag, Ramgarh, Chatra, Koderma and Giridih. It is a teaching cum affiliating University. It offers high standard of teaching and research. The governor of Jharkhand is the Chancellor.
Vinoba Bhave University is the fruit of a years long endeavour by the people of Hazaribag. Although the history of higher education in the town goes way back into the past, beginning with the establishment of St Columbas College in 1899 by the brothers of the Dublin Mission, post-graduate curricula were commenced here only in 1972 with the introduction of MA courses in History and Economics. Subsequently, the college was converted into a post graduate centre of Ranchi University. By January 1983, post graduate teaching was extended to four more subjects with the approval of the Government of Bihar namely English, Hindi Political science and Mathematics. Finally, by Act 3 of 1990, the Bihar state assembly amended the Bihar state Universities Act 1976, carving Vinoba Bhave University out of Ranchi University. It was aptly named after the great saint and pioneer of the Bhoodan Movement, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, as the sage had received here the biggest land donation in the whole of India for social reconstruction.