In 1937, Bir Bikramkishore Manikya, the last Maharaja of Tripura, had planned for establishing a college under under the “Vidyapattan Scheme”.
On 7 May, 1937, Maharaja Bir Bikram laid the foundation-stone of the college under the “Vidyapattan Scheme”.
Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) College, the first degree college in the State, started functioning under the University of Calcutta only in 1947
Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya at Kailasahar in 1950 at private initiatives and also Belonia College at Belonia in 1964 and Ramthakur College at Agartala in 1967.
In 1982 the three private degree colleges of Tripura were taken over by the state government.
Tripura was sanctioned by the UGC in 1976 a post-graduate wing of the Calcutta University, named Calcutta University Post graduate Centre (CUPGC).
The foundation-stone was laid at Suryamaninagar campus on 18 December, 1985 by Dasaratha Deb, the the legendary leader of the historic Janasiksha (People’s Education) movement and the-then Deputy Chief Minister – cum Education Minister of Tripura.
The University Established in 2 October, 1987
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.