The faculty of the 151 year-old Patna College has been vying for university status for the independent college. In the meeting of the Patna College Staff Club which held under the chairmanship of principal Ras Bihari Prasad Singh on 16 January 2014 in Patna, various proposals and demands were raised and discussed to be put before the Central and State Government.
The chief demand was to convert the college into a University. Teachers in the meeting said that many young colleges in the country got converted to Universities, and few have also received the status of 'deemed universities’.
The faculty members of the college requested assistance from alumni as well as the state and central governments for acquiring the university status.
In addition to the university status, their other demands were to shift the Vanijya Mahavidyalaya, an independent unit of PU to some other place in order to maintain law and order on the campus. Among other demands commencement of add-on courses such as criminology and disaster management from the next academic session were also discussed.
As the principal's quarter is currently functioning as the vice-chancellor's lodge, staff in the meeting demanded from the authority of Patna University to release the principal's quarter to the college.
Patna College was established in 1863 to offer intermediate education; however, from year 1865 till 1866 the college began to offering degree level education.
Patna College currently offers high quality education and programmes and is currently considered as an independent institution.