Savitribai Phule Pune University, formerly University of Pune and University of Poona, is a collegiate public state university in Pune in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Established in 1949, and spread over a 411 acres (1.66 km2) campus, the university is home to 43 academic departments. The university is named after Savitribai Phule, a 19th-century Indian social reformer who is known for her contribution towards empowerment and emancipation of women through education. The university has affiliated colleges, departments, and research institutes, which are primarily in Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik Districts.
The University of Pune is ranked 7th among universities in India, in 2018, by the Times Higher Education.
University of Pune was established on 10 February 1949 under the Pune University Act, passed by the Bombay legislature in 1948. M. R. Jayakar became its first Vice-Chancellor. After the declaration of the formation of University of Pune in 1948 and the subsequent declaration of Jayakar as the first vice-chancellor of varsity, its first office was started from the Nizam Guest House, which is the part of Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute on Law College Road. The university was operated at Nizam Guest House till 1 June 1949. Later it was shifted to the current building, which was originally called the Governor House. As its name suggests, it was the seasonal retreat of the Governor of Bombay.
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. The university was allocated over 411 acres (1.66 km2).
Its location has historical significance. Some incidents of the Battle of Khirkee, 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 institution’s name was changed from the University of Pune to Savitribai Phule Pune University on 9 August 2014 in honor of Savitribai Phule, the 19th century Indian social reformer who played an important role in improving the lives of women and the Dalit communities in Maharashtra during British colonial rule. She and her husband Mahatma Jyotirao Phule founded India’s first native run school for girls in 1848.
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 was restricted to five districts: Pune, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Dhule and Jalgaon. Out of these, two districts—Dhule and Jalgaon—are attached to the North Maharashtra University in Jalgaon established in August 1990.
Pune is the main educational center of Maharashtra. Numerous students from every corner of India and the world come to Pune. It is quite safe and peaceful city as compared to other educational centers in India. The climate of Pune is pleasant and good for health. The city of Pune houses many well-known, established institutes and colleges. Savitribai Phule Pune University is one of the finest and most popular educational centers in the city. It offers excellent programs in various areas including Science, Commerce, Arts, Languages and Management Studies.
About Savitribai Phule Pune University
Savitribai Phule Pune University, one of the premier universities in India, is positioned in the North-western part of Pune city. It occupies an area of about 411 acres. It was established on 10th February, 1949 under the Poona University Act. The university houses 46 academic departments. It is popularly known as the ‘Oxford of the East’. It has about 307 recognized research institutes and 612 affiliated colleges offering graduate and under-graduate courses.
The university attracts many foreign students due to its excellent facilities. It offers good accommodation facility. There is a provision of hostel for the students. There is a well-stocked library containing plenty of books regarding various subjects. The university offers different scholarships to the students. The university conducts seminars and conferences for the students.
Savitribai Phule Pune University
|Date of Establishment :||10th February, 1949.|
|Location :||Ganeshkhind Road, Pune, Maharashtra, India.|
|Website address :||http://www.unipune.ac.in|
|Total area of the campus :||411 Acres.|
|First Vice-Chancellor :||Dr. M. R. Jayakar.|
|Chancellor :||Shri Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao|
|Vice -Chancellor :||Prof. (Dr.) Nitin R. Karmalkar|
|Registrar :||Dr. Arvind.D.Shaligram|
|Number of Academic Departments :||46|
|Jurisdiction :||Ahmednagar, Nasik, Pune.|
|Number of Colleges affiliated :||705|
|Recognized Institutes :||234|
|Research Institutes :||71|
|Teachers in the University Departments :||293|
|Books & Journals in the University of Pune Jayakar Library :||4,22000 approx. (Includes books, periodicals and other material)|