The Nagpur University was established on 4th August, 1923 with six
affiliated colleges and 927 students. During 1947, the number of students
increased to about 9000 accompanied by the improvement and diversification
of curricula and expansion in the range of subjects. The expansion of
library and sports facilities occurred during these years for the
intellectual and physical well being of the students. It was in 1958 that
some new Departments in Arts and Social Science faculties were opened; the
major expansion, however, came in 1963 when several science and other
teaching Departments were started. The Departments were shifted to spacious
buildings in the main campus in 1972-73. In later years, several career
oriented courses have been started viz., Business Management, Fine Arts,
Mass Communication, Library Science, Physical Education, etc.
During more than nine decades of its existence, the University has progressed satisfactorily and doing well in the midst of constraints of different sorts. This has been possible because of futuristic vision about higher education of the personalities who adorned the chair of Vice-Chancellor of this University. Their determination and dedication helped a lot in progress of this University.
Presently University comprises of Forty-Four
Departments (PGTD), three Constituent Colleges/Institutions (Law college,
Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, and College of Education). Five hundred and three colleges are affiliated The Department and conducted
college/Institution buildings are spread in several campuses in and around the city. More than four Lakh students are enrolled under different courses in the university.
In addition to these, the research programs in almost all Thirty-nine Departments and three conducted Colleges are propelled through M. Phil., Ph. D. and Post-Doc. University Hobby Workshop conducts regular training programs in the areas of Photography, Painting, Clay modeling, Carpentry, Electronics, etc.
The above-cited formal programs are supplemented with following
non-formal mode of education to cover local need based education.
(i) Training programs in maintenance and isolation of biopesticidal/ biofertilisers culture, effective use of micro-bial technology in aqua-culture farming, through Rajiv Gandhi Vikas Biotechnology Centre, Nagpur University, Nagpur.
(ii) Extension activities through Adult and Continuing Education Programs.
In the context of Globalization meager quantitative expansion of avenues
of higher education will not suffice to cater to the cause of legitimate
expectation of the population. It is qualitative growth along with in-built
quality assurance mechanism, which is taken into consideration while
preparing this proposal. (i) The concept of e-learning and interconnectivity
is initialized to keep pace with the fast development. (ii)
Interdisciplinary courses, (iii) rural/backward development programme (at
Gadchiroli sub-centre) (iv) Strengthening of library (v) non-teaching
training programme (vi) strengthening of all departmental laboratories and
infrastructure for improvement in teaching and research.
Dr. Subhash R. Chaudhari
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