Shivaji University (Marathi: शिवाजी विद्यापीठ), established in 1962, is in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. The university’s campus is 853 acres (3.4519 km2), and is named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Maratha Empire. It was inaugurated on 18 November 1962 by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the then president of India. Yashwantrao Chavan and Balasaheb Desai took the lead in establishing this university. Kolhapur, Sangli, and Satara come under its jurisdiction with 279 affiliated colleges and recognised institutes. One of the major objectives behind its foundation was to cater to the regional needs of South Maharashtra. The University’s efforts towards excellence are being recognised by the substantial grants received from funding agencies like University Grants Commission (India), Department of Science and Technology (India), and DBT. This University is self reliant University for Water and uses water stored on its campus during the rainy season. It has a biodiversity-rich campus.
Shivaji University has recently signed MoU with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre for research in Material Science. It has also partnered with the Indian Institute of Geo-Magnetism, Mumbai and industries like Phyto-Pharma. Institutes including Maharashtra Police Academy and Nashik and Centre for Social Studies have sought affiliation with the Shivaji University.
It was established with jurisdiction over five districts including Ratnagiri and Solapur along with Kolhapur, Sangli, and Satara districts with 293 affiliated colleges and recognized institutes.
Shivaji University has been re-accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council, (NAAC) with “A” Grade (CGPA-3.16) (2014). Shivaji University is among top 50 Universities contributing towards research in India in 2015
Shivaji University is ranked 44th among all Universities in India.
In 1962 the University started functioning with 34 affiliated colleges and about 14,000 students with 5 Post-graduate Departments on the campus. Today the number of affiliated colleges has gone up to 293 and the student body has increased to 2,50,000 with 34 Postgraduate Departments on campus. The University imparts education in four major faculties of Humanities, Science and Technology, Commerce and Management and Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies
Shiv-Sandesh monthly bulletin is published online by Shivaji University, which throw light on various activities, programs organised in the university.
Madhyamvidya and Media Spectrum are private distribution newspapers published by M.A. Mass communication department students.
|University||Shivaji University Kolhapur|
|Location||M7H4+66 Vidya Nagar, Shivaji University Kolhapur, Kolhapur, Maharashtra|
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|Chancellor||Governor of Maharashtra|