Rabindra Bharati University, founded on 8th May 1962 under Rabindra Bharati Act of Govt. of West Bengal, 1961, to mark the birth centenary of the poet Rabindranath Tagore, is the third university, to come into existence in the city of Kolkata. As conceived by Dr. Bidhan Chandra. Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal, this temple of learning dedicated to the memory of the poet, has been able to justify to a great extent its existence as a center for promoting, extending, and disseminating Tagore’s ideas in various branches of Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Humanities and Social Science. In the year 2001, Rabindra Bharati University, had been accredited and awarded four-star status by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). The University has been reaccredited with Grade A and 3.10 CGPA Score in February 2016.
The Centre for Distance and Online Education (previously known as Directorate of Distance Education) was established in July 2002 [vide G.O. No. 803-Edn(U)/IU(RB)-09/2002, dated 2nd July 2002] with the aim of disseminating knowledge to learners located in remote areas of West Bengal.
The territorial jurisdiction of the University is the whole of the state of West Bengal as per Rabindra Bharati Act of Goverment of West Bengal, 1961.