University of Pune

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MottoSanskrit: य: क्रियावान् स पण्डितः
Motto in English"Where Actions Prove Knowledge"[1]
Established10 February 1948
ChancellorKateekal Sankaranarayanan
Vice-ChancellorProf. (Dr.) Wasudeo Gade
LocationPune, Maharashtra, India
NicknameOxford of the East
AffiliationsUGC, NAAC, AIU
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MottoSanskrit: य: क्रियावान् स पण्डितः
Motto in English"Where Actions Prove Knowledge"[1]
Established10 February 1948
ChancellorKateekal Sankaranarayanan
Vice-ChancellorProf. (Dr.) Wasudeo Gade
LocationPune, Maharashtra, India
NicknameOxford of the East
AffiliationsUGC, NAAC, AIU
Pune univ logo.png

The University of Pune (Marathi: पुणे विद्यापीठ) (formerly the University of Poona), is a university located in western India, in the city of Pune. It was founded in 1948[2] and is one of India's premier Universities. Spread over a 411 acres (1.66 km2) campus,[3] the university is home to 46 academic departments. The university has been given the highest "A" rating[4] by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for its overall performance.

The university has numerous affiliated colleges, departments, and research institutes, which are primarily located in Pune.[5][6]


The University of Pune was established under the Pune University Act, passed by the Bombay legislature on 10 February 1948. In the same year, Dr. M. R. Jayakar became the first Vice-Chancellor of the university. B. G. Kher, Chief Minister and Education Minister of the government of Bombay, helped ensure the university received a large allocation of land for their campus. In early 1950, the university was allocated over 411 acres (1.7 km²).[2]

The location of the university has historical significance. Some incidents of the Battle of Khadki, during the Third Anglo-Maratha War, took place where the present day university is located. The present day main building was built in 1864 and was known as the Governor's House. The university is home to IUCAA, an institute for astronomy.


Initially the university had a jurisdiction extending over 12 districts of western Maharashtra. With the establishment of Shivaji University in Kolhapur in 1962, the jurisdiction of the university was restricted to five districts, namely Pune, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Dhule and Jalgaon. Out of these, two districts—Dhule and Jalgaon—are attached to the North Maharashtra University established in August 1990.[2]


In 1949, there were 18 colleges affiliated to the university (including colleges such as the Film and Television Institute of India, Fergusson College, College of Engineering, Pune) with an enrolment of over 8000 students. Thereafter, the number of colleges increased, and in 2010, the university had 41 graduate departments, 433 affiliated colleges and 232 recognised research institutions, with an enrolment of 496,531 students for both the undergraduate and graduate courses.

Vidyavani is a community radio operated by the university[7] programs are focused on departments of Pune University, students' welfare schemes of the University, information about exams and results and activities of the University. Edutainment programmes which cater to the problems of youth are also broadcast.[8]


70 research institutions have been recognised by the University of Pune for research. These include institutions of national importance like the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), National Centre For Cell Science (NCCS), National Institute of Virology (NIV), Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE), Documentation Research and Training Centre(DRTC) of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) among others.

Other research organisations which are associated with the university are:

The Pune university is 16th number of rank of all over India.


Main building, University of Pune

The university has numerous departments and centres, and they offer various courses in science, social science, management, law, etc.[6]

In 1985 the Department of Zoology was given the University Leadership programme. In the same year, the first national programme of M.Sc. in Biotechnology supported by the Department of Biotechnology (then NTBT), Government of India was initiated in the Department of Zoology. In the following years, research establishments like the Bioinformatics Centre, the National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), the Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBB), which are now independent institutions, were housed in the department and their research activities were initiated.

Since 2000, the department has offered a Credit System for M.Sc. in Zoology course; with emphasis on hands-on practical training of the students and continuous internal assessment. Being an autonomous department of the university, the department has flexibility in framing courses and conducting tests and examinations. The faculty members of the department are engaged in research and have received research grants from funding agencies such as UGC, CSIR, DRDO, ISRO, DBT, DST, DAE and ICMR, in addition to industry sponsored projects.

The centre runs a two-year full-time MTech programme in Modeling and Simulation.

Department of Technology[edit]

The Department of Technology aims at providing research platform for solving industry relevant research problems. The department runs industry-University sponsored M.Tech-Ph.D. integrated programs. Four Technology boards have been established under the umbrella of 'Faculty of Technology'. The department offers 2-years M.Tech., 3-years Ph.D. and 4-year M.Tech + PhD (M.Tech with Integrated PhD) courses.


CI: Computer and Information Technology
CB: Chemical and Biotechnology
EE: Electrical Engineering
MM: Mechanical and Materials Technology
CE:Civil and Environmental Science

In each branch different courses are there viz. Department has started aviation from 2013. M.Tech Aviation program having 2 years duration in which 6 months studies in Department Of Technology, University Of Pune. and other three semester going to conduct in Germany.


The department's present crux areas of research activities are as follows:


The university has Jayakar library. It was founded in 1950 and was named in honour of M.R. Jayakar, the first Vice-Chancellor of Pune University.[10] It's a very big library having most of reference books of all departments. Various courses books along with other Literature and biographies of important people can also be found here. Jayker library has access to papers publish by International authors.

Student halls of residence[edit]

Various colleges of the university provides residence for students.

The International Centre of the university provides residence for international students, including visiting students.[11]


The university sends its team to two Youth Festival Programs. They are Indradhanushya and All India Inter University Youth Festival. Indradhanushya is basically a state level youth festival. This festival is for students interested in music, drama, dance, fine arts etc. The affiliated colleges and institutes of the university also takes part in this festival. All India Inter University Youth Festival is a national level competition. Students who participate in this festival and win (or get special mention) are felicitated at the annual prize day.[12]


Past and present vice-chancellors of the university are:[13]

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Notable alumni of Pune University includes major politicians of India including Vishwanath Pratap Singh, 7th Prime Minister of India; Vilasrao Deshmukh, 17th and 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra; and Sharad Pawar, President of the Nationalist Congress Party and former Chief Minister of Maharashtra. P.V. Narasimha Rao, 9th Prime Minister of India, graduated from Fergusson College, when the college was under the University of Mumbai.

In science and engineering, notable alumni of the university includes Suhas Patankar, pioneer in the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and Finite volume method; Kantilal Mardia, statistician and Guy Medallists; Thomas Kailath, scientist in the field of information theory; Vistasp Karbhari, civil engineer and the eighth president of the University of Texas at Arlington[14]; and C. Kumar N. Patel, inventor of the carbon dioxide laser, recipient of the 1996 National Medal of Science and vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.[15] V. S. Huzurbazar served as the first head of the statistics department.

Kiran Nagarkar, novelist, playwright and recipient of the 2001 Sahitya Akademi Award, is an alumnus of the university. Educationist and Marathi writer Nagnath Lalujirao Kottapalle taught at the Marathi department.

Recent Issues[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Motto in English – Pune University Emblem Details". University of Pune. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pune University History". Pune University. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "The University of Pune Campus". University of Pune. 2010. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
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  5. ^ "List of Affiliated Colleges and Institutions". Pune University. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Departments List". Pune University. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Visually impaired get taste of radio broadcasts". Times of India. 22 March 2009. 
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  9. ^ Welcome to Department of Foreign Languages
  10. ^ "Jaykar library". Pune University. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Facilities". Pune University. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Youth Festival". Pune University. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Vice-Chancellors List". University of Pune. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Vistasp Karbhari takes helm as eighth president of The University of Texas at Arlington". PR Newswire. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "C. Kumar N. Patel". The American Institute of Physics. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
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