The Sido Kanhu University (S.K.U.), now rechristened Sido Kanhu Murmu University (S.K.M.U) was founded on 10th January 1992 by an act of Bihar Legislative Assembly. The University came under the Government of Jharkhand when the new state of Jharkhand was formed in the year 2000. On May 31, 2007, the University was granted recognition by the University Grants Commission under section 12(B) of the UGC Act, 1956.
The jurisdiction of the University extends over the six districts of Santhal Pargana where its 13 constituent and 15 permanently affiliated colleges are located. Presently, the University is offering courses in Humanities, Commerce, Science and Technology, Management, Engineering and Law. It also offers self-financing courses in BCA, MCA, Lib. Sc. etc.
The University is relentless in its efforts in maintaining standards in teaching and research, ensuring character-building among the students and nurturing leadership in young men and women. Research activity is considered as the backbone of knowledge economy. Realizing its importance, the SKM University is actively involved in carrying out research across all faculties. All the Departments of the University are involved in full time Ph.D programme, research and consultancy as per the need of knowledge driven economy.
The University has about 450 faculty members who are constantly endeavoring to make significant breakthrough in their fields. This university comprises 13 constituent colleges, which are: A. S. College, Deoghar Deoghar College, Deoghar R. D. Bajla Mahila College, Deoghar Madhupur College, Madhupur Deoghar S. P. College, Dumka Dumka S. P. Mahila College, Dumka Godda College, Godda Millat College, Parsa Jamtara College, Jamtara K. K. M. College, Pakur B. S. K. College, Barharwa Sahibganj College, Sahibganj S. R. T. College, Dhamri Its
objectives are- To provide dissemination of Knowledge, Research and Innovation in all areas of Learning To develop Scientific Temper and to impart value based education To preserve heritage, culture and to develop local resources To provide access and inclusion of socially, economically and geographically disadvantaged groups to mainstream educational opportunity To develop a unique identity of the university through promoting quality and excellence To provide purposeful education at affordable cost To develop appropriate curriculum and co-curriculum activities To participate in collaborative research and teaching with other institutions and individuals To develop extension services with emphasis on application orientation To develop leadership quality among our Students