Veer Kunwar Singh University named after the well known national hero and distinguished freedom fighter of 1857 was established on 22nd october 1992 October, 1992 with its Head Quarter at Ara, under the Bihar University Act 1976 [as amendment Act 9 of 1992]. Its jurisdiction covers four western educationally backward districts of Bihar [Bhojpur, Buxar, Kaimur & Rohtas]. It serves the educational needs of more than one crore population of these districts through its 20 University Post Graduate Departments, 17 Constituent Degree Colleges, three Law Colleges and forty seven affiliated Degree Colleges. This University has already been enlisted in the list of recognised Universities under Section 2(f) of the U.G.C. Act. All its 17 Constituent Colleges and one affliated College are receiving financial assistance from U.G.C. by virtue of being Constituent/Affiliated Colleges of erstwhile Magadh University, Bodh-Gaya, Bihar.
Keeping in view the inadequacies of the facilities for Higher Education and Research in this region Veer Kunwar Singh University has introduced new courses like B.C.A.,B.Sc. (IT) B.B.A., B.Sc. (Bio-technology) and B.Sc. (Industrial Fisheries), B.Ed., M.B.A, M.C.A., M.Sc. (Bio-technology), M.Sc. (Env. Science), M.A.(P.M.I.R.) ad Bachelor of Library Science and Information Science from the academic session. 2006-07, various U.G.C. sponsored programme under career oriented programme of the U.G.C., the constituent and affiliated college have introduced Certificate / Diploma / Advanced Diploma programme such as D.C.A., Rural Management, Tissue culture, Fisheries, hospital waste Management, Fashion designing, E-commerce and computer hardware maintenance. The need for strengthening its extension activities, the University has submitted a proposal to the State Government .
For improving the quality of Governance at grass root level, the University in anxious to introduce Training Programme for the elected representatives of Panchayati Raj and public functionaries associated with Panchayati Raj in collaboration with the State Government.