Taking into consideration the long cherished demands of the students community, growing aspirations of the people at large and also acknowledging the present and future needs of education in the state, the State Government took the initiative to pass the Tripura University Act in the Assembly in 1987 and the first University in the state came into being on 2nd October 1987, the birth day of Gandhiji, the ‘Father of the Nation’. The dreams of thousands of people were at last fulfilled. Consequent upon the merger of the CUPGC in the Tripura University and gradual shifting of the campus from College Tilla to its new site at Suryamaninagar, all the existing colleges of Tripura also came under the charge of the new University.
The Tripura University Act envisages that the objective of the University shall not only be “to disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities” in the state in areas of contemporary relevance to the society and the country (with the motto “pursuit of excellence”) but to make special provisions for studies in tribal life and culture and to introduce vocational subjects with a view to provide employment opportunities to the students. The Act specifically enjoins the University to organisz specialized diploma, degree and post-graduate courses in certain subjects. Keeping that spirit of the Act in consideration, Tripura University started its journey in 1987.
There are also a large number of colleges affiliated to the university. The number of affiliated Colleges at present is 52 among which there are 27 General Degree Colleges, 19 Professional Degree Colleges, 2 Technical Colleges and 4 Polytechnic Institutes. At present the total enrollment strength in the Affiliated Colleges is 38114.The University is running various courses under Science and Arts & Commerce Faculty. A total number of 42 courses run under the University, which includes Certificate Courses, Under Graduate, Post Graduate Diploma and Post Graduate Studies. In addition to these, Ph.D programmes are also offered in 33 subjects. Despite several odds at its inception, the University has been trying to overcome various difficulties with the cooperation of the State Government, the UGC, the NEC and the Planning Commission of India and many other authorities. The autonomous character of the University is not interfered in any way by the State Government. The relationship between the State Government and the University is very cordial and the former, despite severe economic constraints, encourages the latter to formulate new ideas of development in the larger interest of the State, particularly for the cause of the tribal and backward people. Tripura University has been converted to a Central University w.e.f 2nd July,2007 under the Tripura University Act,2006 as enacted by the Parliament.