Sikkim University was established on July 2nd, 2007 by an ‘Act of Parliament’. Prior to the establishment of this university, Sikkim did not have any Government University like the other states. However, with the setting up of the University of Sikkim, a long cherished dream of the state was fulfilled. It is a Central University, which is funded by Indian Government.
The university aims at contributing to the process of nation building through the mobilization of the intellectual heritage of the place. This includes stimulating the academic enthusiasm and the creativity among the youths, setting up and developing various institutions etc. Updated academic courses, teaching procedure, curriculum has been taken up by the university from time to time. The university wishes to establish itself as the education hub and a centre for higher education in the South East Asia and Eastern South Asia. The Chancellor of the university is Prof. M S Swminathan and the President of India, Pratibha Patil is the Visitor.
Some of the Colleges with the Sikkim University affiliation are as below.
- Sikkim Government College
- Rhenok Government College
- Namchi Government College
- Palantine College
- Sikkim Government Law College
- Damber Singh College
- Harkamaya College of Education
- Loyala College of Education
- Himalayan Pharmacy Institute
The academic programmes under the Sikkim University can be divided into 3 types namely
Traditionl Programmes- These consist of the mainstream programmes taught in all the Indian Universities. These courses are taught under the following schools of the University of Sikkim.
- School of Social Sciences
- School of Law and Governance
- School of Global Studies
- School of Linguistics and Languages
- School of Media, Communication and Information Science
- School of Management
- School of Computer Sciences
- School of Biotechnology
- School of Environmental Studies
- School of Life Sciences
- School of Planning, Architecture and Engineering
- School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
- School of Medicine
- These consist of the courses, which are non- traditional, and do not come under the general disciplines of study. These are mainly skill oriented and professional or specialized courses and are taught in the following schools of the university.
Policy Studies Programmes
- School of Indigenous and Folk Studies
- School of Peace, Conflict and Human Security Studies
- School of Sustainable Development and Livelihood Management
- These will include programmes on policy research, which will ultimately cater to National Interest, public affairs, disaster management, natural resources etc.
Sikkim University has been successful in carving a name out for itself in the field of education. It draws students from not only Sikkim but also the bordering states. The university is constantly progressing, thereby aiming at becoming one of the leading institutions soon.