The spread of Higher Education in Tripura State commenced with the establishment of Maharaja Bir Bikram College in 1947. Subsequently, 22 general degree colleges as well as one Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, one Govt. College of Art & Crafts, one Govt. Law College, one Govt. Museum, one State Archives and 24 Public Libraries have been set up in the State with public funding. The Department of Education (Higher) is entrusted with provision of higher and technical education in the state and development of human resources and taking necessary measures for transforming the society into an ideal knowledge based society, stepping up capabilities and capacities in various fields of Higher Education in terms of quantitative enrichment of trained manpower in Tripura state.