Santiniketan was founded by Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, father of Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Laureate, who first started an ashram here, later named the “Abode of Peace”. In 1901 his son started an experimental place of learning with a classroom under the trees, and a group of five pupils. It went on to become the Vishva Bharati University in 1921 which attracts students from all over the world and aspires to be a spiritual meeting ground in a serene, culturally rich and artistic environment.