In 2005, the Chhattisgarh government set up the Pandit Sundarlal Sharma (Open) University in Bilaspur. On January 20, 2005, the Governor of Chhattisgarh signed off on the bill. This university was named after Pandit Sundarlal Sharma, a well-known freedom and social justice fighter from the Chhattisgarh area.
The University was officially opened by Shri Lal Krishna Advani ji, who used to be the Vice Prime Minister of India. The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh was in charge of the opening ceremony. The Minister of Higher Education, the Minister of Finance, and a big number of other important people were there.
Prof. T. D. Sharma became the first Vice Chancellor of this University on March 2, 2005. He was in charge until January 21, 2010, while Dr. Sharad Kumar Vajpai became the first Registrar on March 15, 2005. From January 22, 2010, to February 2, 2015, Dr. A. R. Chandrakar was the second Vice Chancellor. Then, on February 3, 2015, Prof. Bansh Gopal Singh became the third Vice Chancellor. His first term lasted until March 2, 2020. On March 3, 2020, Dr. Bansh Gopal Singh, who is already in this honorable post, was given a second term.
The campus of the university covers about 70 acres. The University has a well-planned set of buildings, including an executive building, an examination building, an academic building, a library building, a bank, a canteen, a furnished hostel and guest house, officer’s buildings, and teaching and non-teaching accommodations. There are also three helipads for VIPs who arrive by plane.
The site is full of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants. There are two small ponds on either side of the university’s main entrance gate. These add to the water level in the area and make the campus look nicer.
Pandit Sundarlal Sharma Open University Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur is the only place in Chhattisgarh that offers education through open and online learning. This university sends teachers to remote and tribal places so that more and more people can get the benefits of education. People who live in remote or tribal places and don’t have access to higher education can go to college through Open University. In addition to regular classes, the university also offers diploma and certificate courses.