The University of Mysore is an enduring symbol in the sphere of higher education in India. It was founded by the then Maharaja of Mysore, His Highness Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and his Dewan, the renowned engineer - statesman, Sir M.Visvesvaraya, on July 27, 1916. The Maharaja of Mysore became its first Chancellor. A Bill to establish and incorporate the University was introduced in Mysore Legislative Council in 1916. It was passed unanimously on 17th July 1916. The University of Mysore became the first University outside the domain of the English administration in India, the sixth University in India as a whole, and the first ever University in Karnataka. During the institution of the University in 1916, four faculties were constituted viz., Arts, Science, Engineering and Technology, and Medicine. Separate Boards of Studies and Boards of Examiners were constituted in 28 subjects. The University was also administering 12 other educational institutions.
The main campus of the University, created in 1960, lies in a picturesque area of 739 acres at the western end of the Kukkarahalli Lake. The University headquarters, the Crawford Hall, is located right across the lake on the eastern end. This inspiring locale of the campus was aptly named Manasagangotri (Fountainhead of the Ganges of the Mind) by the poet-laureate, Dr. K.V.Puttappa (Kuvempu). In due course, two satellite campuses were set up in response to the demands of post graduate education from semi-urban/rural areas: Sir M.Visvesvaraya Post Graduate Centre at Tubinakere in Mandya, and the Mysore University Post graduate Centre at Hemagangotri in Hassan. The jurisdiction of the University includes Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, and Chamarajanagar districts. The University now encompasses 122 affiliated colleges and 5 Constituent Colleges (with an aggregate of 53,000 students). In addition, the University has 37 post graduate departments, 8 specialised research & training centres and 2 post graduate centres that together offer about 55 regular academic programmes to 3,500 students. It also runs a number of employment-oriented diploma courses and certificate programmes.
University College of Fine Arts for Women
University College of Physical Education
PG Campuses - The Postgraduate Campuses of the University of Mysore are located in sprawling campuses in Mysore, Hassan and Mandya at Manasagangotri, Hemagangotri and Sir M. Visvesvaraya Post Graduate Centre respectively.
Sir M. Visvesvaraya Postgraduate Centre
Academic Staff College
Ambedkar Research Centre
Centre for Women Studies
Educational Multimedia Research Centre
Institute Of Development Studies
International School of Information Management (ISIM)
Oriental Research Institute
Third Sector Research Centre
Univ. School of Design
School of Foreign Languages
Ancient History and Archaeology
Applied Botany and Biotechnology
Economics and Cooperation
Food Science and Nutrition
Journalism and Mass Communication
Jainology and Prakrit
Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies
Library and Information Science
University Computer Center - The Electronic Data Processing (EDP) activities of this center were decentralized in the year 2001 and since then, the main computer center is exclusively catering to the needs of Research Scholars, Faculty, Students and various post graduate departments, on campus. Also, to harness the infrastructure facilities to a maximum extent, university decided to extend the center facility to impart IT education to general public. the center is also offering Computer Training Programs on Non-Formal courses in the field of Computer Science and Information Technology in association with ECIT (Computer Education Division of ECIL - A Govt. of India Enterprise). University Computer Center Courses offered in association with ECIT are called Short Term Certificate Course. These include E-Craft, C-programming, OOPs & C++, Visual Basic 6.0, JAVA, DTP, Web Design, Certificate in VLSI, E-Accounting etc.
Mysore University Library - Mysore University library is one of the oldest and largest University Library in the country and Mother of other University Libraries in Karnataka. The Library started functioning in the year 1918. It has a glorious record of 91 years of worthy service with a resource collection 6 Lakhs volumes in its systems today. The inception collection of the library was around 2311 books housed in the Manasagangotri Campus. Its functions and services include both traditional and Information Technology related services like Cd-Rom, Fax Internet & E-Journals Consortium of UGC INFONET.
Mysore University Day Care Centre - It is established in Manasagangotri campus, next to Human Development Wing of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. This centre functions under the management of Advisory Committee and works from morning 9:00 a.m. to evening 6:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. It will remain closed on all Sundays, Second Saturdays, Public holidays and on days when University of Mysore declares the holiday. The Centre is meant for the children especially of the University employees and students/employees of University supporting institutions who are in the age group of 6 months to 4 years.
International Center - It's areas of specialization include Gender Studies, Society and Education, Sociology of Development, Tribal Societies and Indigenous Knowledge. It has completed a number of Projects in it's area of expertise and has won various awards and recognitions
DSW - The Directorate Of Student’s Welfare Provides accommodation to the students who are admitted to the PG and UG courses, and also provides accommodation facilities to those ladies who are working in and around Mysore in the Working Women’s hostel, and takes care of overall development of the students and their problems. Under the control of DSW, there are 15 hostels, ( 8 PG hostels and 6 UG hostels and 01 working women’s hostel) spread around Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Hassan districts.
Prasaranga (Publications Division) - With an intention to reach the unreached, this unit been playing a pioneering role in the dissemination of knowledge through its publications and extension lecture series. Credited with 2000 titles of publications, Prasaranga has produced a number of treatises such as English-Kannada Dictionary in 4 volumes and kannada Grantha Duchi. It also publishes five subject journals-viz.Prabhudda Karnataka, Manavikaa Karnataka, Vignanaa Karnataka (all in kannasa), myscience and mysociety, apart from university News. The large collection of our publications is made available at subsided rates to readers across the length and breadth of this country through exhibitions.
Gandhi Bhavan - One of the first Gandhi Bhavans to be established in India, way back in 1962, the University’s Gandhi Bhavan has long history of association with Gandhians, and institutions committed to promoting Grandhian philosophy. The Gandhi Bhavan has rich collection of books dating back to the pre-independence period and is in the process of establishing a Gandhi Museum to preserve archival materials belonging to Gandhian era and other documents throwing light on Gandhiki’s work and life.
Folklore Museum - The University Folklore Museum at the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, Manasagangotri is considered one of the best of its kind in Asia. It has a precious collection of artifacts, handicrafts and indigenously made art forms from different parts of the state of Karnataka. A visit to this museum is a veritable journey through a paradise of diversity.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council, an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission (UGC) had accorded the university five-star status.
It has recently been reaccredited as A+, the first one to be accorded that status in India.
In addition, the Eighth Plan Review Committee of the UGC has recommended to the State and Central governments that it be upgraded to a `National Centre for Excellence'.