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Bangalore University


Bangalore University

Bangalore University
Motto Jnaanam, Vijanana Sahitam
Established 1886
Type Public
Chancellor Vajubhai Vala
(Governor of Karnataka)
Vice-Chancellor B Thimme Gowda
Location Jnana Bharathi, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Campus Urban
1,98 acres
Affiliations UGC, NAAC, AIU, ACU

Bangalore University is a public state university located in city of Bangalore in the state of Karnataka.It is abbreviated as "BU" (Bangalore University).The university is one of the oldest in India, dating back to 1886.

Bangalore University offers Integrated Programmes,Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees apart from Diplomas and Certificates in many disciplines.The language of instruction for most courses is English.Bangalore University has 497 affiliated colleges. The University is a part of The Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and affiliated by University Grants Commission (UGC). Bangalore University is accredited by NAAC under the new grading system with a grade A.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Administration 3
  • Distinctions 4
  • Facilities 5
  • Academics 6
  • Departments 7
  • Library 8
  • Notable alumni 9
  • Affiliated colleges 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


The University was opened as the Central College, Bangalore in 1886, by the British Government to award University degrees. It was renamed as the Bangalore University from Central College, Bangalore by the UGC, India on July 10, 1964 by the government under the then State of Mysore to consolidate institutions of higher education in the city of Bangalore.

The university operates from Jnana Bharathi Campus.

The Central College, Bangalore (established in 1886) and the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) (established in 1912) (the two original institutions in Bangalore) were subsumed into this university. With the promulgation of the Karnataka State Universities Ordinance of 1975, which aimed at bringing uniformity to all universities in the state, the university lost its federal character and became a state-affiliated university. In 1973, the University moved to the Jnana Bharathi Campus located on 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) of land.

The Bangalore University gave birth to universities like Visvesvaraya Technological University, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences.

The university's Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) has been designated by ISR to train astronauts for the Indian space program. Bangalore University has been awarded the Sir M Visvesvarya chair from ISRO to perform research in space science.

Because the University produces the largest number of Ph.Ds in India, it has acquired a good reputation among foreign universities. Consequently, the university hosts a growing number of foreign students.


Bangalore University is the largest University in India. It has two campuses: City Campus: Central College and Jnana Bharathi Campus.The National Law School of India University is located within the Jnana Bharathi Campus.


The Vice-Chancellor was Dr. N Prabhu Dev. He resigned as the V-C on October 13, 2012 to accept the Karnataka government's offer of chairmanship of the Karnataka Health System Commission.[1] Dr Prabhu Dev's term was to end in February 2013. His predecessor H A Ranganath, too, resigned prematurely in 2008 to assume charge as Director of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. B Thimme Gowda, professor in Chemistry, Mangalore University has been appointed as the university's new vice-chancellor.

With more than 650 affiliated colleges, the Karnataka government has decided to bifurcate, or 'carve out a new university' to ease of management. To this effect, the state government had appointed two significant groups of study. One group was headed by former Gulbarga University Vice-Chancellor N Rudraiah and another was a group formed by the Karnataka State Higher Education Council.[2] The Rudraiah study suggested trifurcation of the university, while the Council suggested bifurcation.

However, the state government has decided to go ahead with trifurcation to create a North Bengaluru University, South Bengaluru University, and Central Bengaluru University.


The School of Engineering

In 2001, the university was accredited by NAAC and received Five Star Status. The university then once again reaccredited under the new grading system with a grade A.

Sir C.V.Raman, Nobel Laureate physicist, was associated with the University while working at the Indian Institute of Science.He had announced his Nobel winning work at the University premises based in Central College, Bangalore in 1927.He was awarded the Nobel prize in 1930.

Professor Leonid Hurwicz who served Bangalore University as a Professor in Economics won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2007. Professor Hurwicz served as a Professor of Economics at Bangalore University from 1965-1968. During his Fulbright year, he taught classes at Bangalore University. Professor Hurwicz credits his Fulbright experience as "an important phase in my development and a significant influence in the development of my economic theories."

In a first, the University in 2010 announced admissions for transgender people by reserving one seat in each PG course.[3] Now, the University's admission forms feature a third category of gender, namely 'Others'.[4]


A bio-park has been constructed. In the process, the students have acquired experience in land management for social forestry. The university, for the first time in the country, constructed an NSS Bhavan to promote such activities. Faculties of the Civil Engineering, Geology, Geography, Mathematics, Zoology, Botany and Microbiology have been involved in making Bio-park a reality. Rain water harvesting and ground water recharging are a part of Bio park as also aqua culture and ornithology.

The library of the University is located in the JB Campus and City Campus. The JB campus Library has a floor area of about 6500 sq.mts. and has a collection of 325,000 volumes. It subscribes to over 250 national and international journals and magazines (110 national journals, 62 international journals, 68 magazines).

Prasaranga is a publication unit of the University and is located at J.B. Campus. It publishes text books, university journals and periodicals. In the last 30 years it has published 800 textbooks and reference books in English as well as several articles and Monographs in Kannada to cater to the awareness needs of the public. The students of the communication department bring out a news journal regularly. These activities are supported by the printing press of the university.

An inter-library exchange facility is available between the university and the libraries of other institutions located at Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore etc. The library has been computerised since 1992. The library also provides reprographic facility, computers, audio, video cassette, internet and INFLIBNET ProgrammeE and inter university loan facilities.

There is a Health Care Centre at J.B. Campus which is manned by two resident doctors; services of visiting specialized doctors are available.

At J.B. Campus there is a gymnasium with facilities for indoor games, basketball Courts, Kho Kho ground and swimming pool. At the Central College campus a cricket stadium consisting of turf wicket, basketball court, volleyball court and lawn tennis is available to students. Every year around 45 inter-collegiate sports competitions are held for men and women section. Nearly 100,000 students from 398 affiliated colleges participate in these sports events.

For inter university tournaments, committees of experts select the Bangalore University teams. The students are given incentives through scholarships, fellowships and fee concessions. They are also provided with placement assistance on the completion of their programmes. B.P.Ed. and M.P.Ed. students get stipend. Sportsmen of the University have competed at the State, Regional, National and International tournament.

The University Science Instrumentation Centre located at Sneha Bhavan at the J.B. campus looks after the maintenance and servicing of the instruments of the user departments in the University. USIC also conducts refresher courses for college teachers and training for interested students.

There are welfare programmes initiated by the institutes like subsidized transport facility for the university staff and students, subsidized canteen facility, free medical aid and reimbursement of medical expenses including on hospitalization, loan facilities from GPF. The University stands guarantee for house building loans sanctioned by the HDFC and also all other nationalized banks and co-operative societies.

There are seven hostels on the J.B. Campus and three on the City campus. There are two men’s hostels at Tumkur and Kolar and one Ladies hostels at Kolar. Hostel canteens are managed by student prefects.

In the City Campus a Grievance Cell is attached to the Examination Wing of the University. Through the university's web-site redressal of grievance and clarification of queries pertaining to examinations, can be obtained.

The Bio-Park is a novel idea proposed on the 600 acres (2.4 km2) of land in the J.B.Campus. Rain Water harvesting and Watershed Management are initiated by the University on the J.B.Campus. The University has also a Robotics and cyber centre, a Yoga centre, and a Gandhian Studies centre.


Academically, the University is structured into six faculties- Arts, Science, Commerce & Management, Education, Law and Engineering. It has 43 Post Graduate Departments, a Postgraduate Centre at Kolar, (Started during 1994-95), three constituent colleges, 665 affiliated colleges (of which 115 have PG Courses) and several other Centres and Directorates of higher learning and research under its purview. At present, the University offers 50 Post Graduate Courses and Employment Oriented Diploma and Certificate Courses. The University has launched the Five years Integrated Courses in Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Business Studies and the Four years B.S. Programme.[5]



The Bangalore University Library has two wings, one in the Central College Campus which came into existence in 1858, and one at Jnana Bharathi Campus in 1966 with about 35,000 books.

Bangalore University has evolved a project called BALNET (Bangalore University Library Network program). The project has connected all the libraries in the university within the campus and in the affiliated colleges libraries within the digitalised system.

Notable alumni

Affiliated colleges

Bangalore University lists 70 government colleges,[6] 52 aided colleges[7] and 11 unaided colleges.[8] Notable affiliated colleges include:

Sambhram Academy of Management Studies, M.S.Palya, Bangalore-560 097

  • M.P.Birla Institute of Management:Associate,Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,Bengaluru-560 001.

See also


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External links

  • Bangalore University website
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