Veer Kunwar Singh University, named after the well known national hero and distinguished freedom fighter of 1857, was established on 22 October 1992 with its Headquarter at Ara, under the Bihar University Act 1976 [as amendment Act 9 of 1992]. This University has already been enlisted in the list of recognized Universities under Section 2(f) of the U.G.C. Act. All its 17 Constituent Colleges and one affiliated 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, the 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.
The constituent and affiliated colleges of the university have introduced various UGC sponsored Certificate / Diploma / Advanced Diploma programmes such as D.C.A., rural management, tissue culture, fisheries, hospital waste management, fashion designing, e-commerce and computer hardware maintenance.
Ranked among the Top Universities of Bihar. University has earned recognition as a hub of higher learning and research in the frontier disciplines of science, humanities and social sciences.