Shivaji University was established in 1962. It is named after the Great Maratha Warrior and founder of the Maratha empire Chhatrapati Shivaji. It was inaugurated on 18th November, 1962 by Dr. Radhakrishnan, the then President of India. One of the major objectives behind foundation of this University was to cater to the regional needs of South Maharashtra. The jurisdiction of the University is spread over four districts viz. Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and Solapur with strength of about 2,00,000 students studying in 275 affiliated colleges and recognised institutes.Under the innovative and socially reformist leadership of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, the princely ruler of Kolhapur, the city had become at the beginning of this century, a focal point of educational opportunities for all classes and communities of South-Western Maharashtra, and northern parts of neighbouring Karnataka. This is also land of Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil, who struggled for taking education to the masses by his innovative 'Earn and Learn' scheme. When the University was founded by the Shivaji University Act of 1962, the objectives set before the University included making opportunities of higher education accessible to rural youth, conducting fundamental and applied research in the field of science and humanities to ensure regional growth and development.
In 1962 the University started functioning with 34 affiliated colleges and about 14000 students with 5 Post-graduate Departments on the campus. Today the number of affiliated colleges has gone up to 248 and students strength upto 2,00,000 with 34 Postgraduate Departments on campus. The University has also started Post-graduate teaching centre at Solapur in 3 Post-graduate Departments. During initial two decades the efforts were concentrated on expansion of higher education and foundation of new colleges in different parts in the four districts under its jurisdiction. The decade of 1980s saw a major expansion, especially the growth of professional faculties like Engineering, Education, Management and Medicine. New areas of higher learning and research are being included in the University as a result of rapidly emerging fields like Industrial Chemistry, Space Science, Environmental Science, Bio-Chemistry, Sericulture, Polymer Chemistry and Computer Science, in addition to basic science disciplines. The University Department of Physics has been recently identified by UGC for its Special Assistance Programme and recognised as Department of Research Support. New research areas in these departments are Super conductors Energy, Bio-diversity and Bio-technology. The University has also established the University-Industry Interaction Cells in four districts. Establishment of Centre for Women's Studies and extension activities through Adult and Continuing Education and Shramik Vidyapeeth are indicators of changing times. Department of Economics has been selected by UGC for its Special Assistance Programme. Departments of Sociology, Education, Geography, Physics and Economics are offering special courses in emerging areas like Environmental Science is also functioning actively.
The University's efforts towards excellence are being recognised by the substantial grants received from funding agencies like UGC, DST, DBT etc. Another indicator of recognition of University is collaborations with premier institutes in the country. Shivaji University has recently signed MOU with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai for research in Material Science. It has also joined hands with Indian Institute of Geo-Magnetism, Mumbai and industries like Phyto-Pharma. Prestigious institutes like Maharashtra Police Academy, Nashik and Centre for Social Studies, Surat have sought affiliation with the Shivaji University. The smooth conduct of about 200 examinations per year of about 2,00,000 students, has been time and again appreciated by the Hon. Chancellor also. The University has maintained the high standards of general administration, prudent financial management and a cordial rapport with funding agencies. The future plans of the University include establishment of School of Rural Management, Research Institute of Bio-Technology and Advanced Centre of Information Technology. To sum up, the University which was founded primarily to cater to the regional aspirations has now geared up to transcend this regional image and emerging as one of the premier institutes of higher education and research in India.
1. Arts 2. Social Science 3. Science 4. Commerce 5. Education 6. Fine Arts 7. Law 8. Medicine 9. Ayurvedic Medicine 10. Engineering and Technology
Hostel & Vidyarthi Bhavan - University is having 7 hostels for Boys and Girls of Post-Graduate Departments of the University. There are 3 Boy's Hostels which accommodate 600 students and 2 Girl's Hostels which accommodate 350 students. Facilities of recreation, indoor & outdoor games are available for students of Hostel along with other routine things.
Centre for Distance Education - It offers various graduate, post graduate degrees along with diplomas in various disciplines. 10 Study Centre have been identified for providing facilities for the courses B.A; B.Com and M.Sc (Mathematics). Shivaji University has earmarked Rs. One Crore for Construction of a separate building for the Centre. For more Info - http://www.unishivaji.ac.in/cntrfrdistedu.htm
Bhavan Extension Scheme - As per the policy decision taken by the Management Council and Hon. Vice-Chancellor, the Earn & Learn Scheme of bhavan is extended from year 2001-2002. The new Scheme accommodates any needy student and gives him/her part time work in University deptt/office by paying cash remuneration upto Rs. 1200/- per month.
Earn While You Learn - Every year 50 Meritorious students coming from economically backward families and very much interested for higher studies and Research are admitted to Dr. Appasaheb Pawar Vidyarthi Bhavan - under Earn & Learn scheme. These students, along with their regular studies, have to work for 3 hours a day in University Library, floor Mill, Xerox Centre etc. All the hostels are having Mess run either on contract basis or by Bhavan which provide food at reasonable charges.
Health Centre - University has established a Primary Health Centre with the U. G. C. Assistance at initial stage, with one Medical Officer as in-charge and with one surgeon, Dentist, Gynaecologist, Ophthalmologist. The centre is well equipped with X-ray, E. C. G., Pathology Lab. etc. About 3000 students, Residents of the University campus avail of this facility every year.
Staff Facilities - There are above 170 quarters for the teaching staff and more than 100 quarters for the non-teaching staff in the University campus. Apart from this the staff and their family can also avail the facilities at the Health Centre, Central Consumers stores ,Sports Complex , Bank , Post Office etc.
Guest House Facilities - The University Guest House is housed on the University campus. The Guest House premises is having new and old building with a well furnished multi-purpose Hall and a separate kitchen. It also has a VVIP Bungalow with all necessary facilities. The Guest House facilitates accommodation to University Guests, employees of University and affiliated colleges, Research students and other visitors at nominal rates.
Foreign Students - Foreign students seating admission to S. U. K. will have to appear and pass the Entrance examination to be conducted by the University. The fees prescribed for this entrance examination is 300 dollars and for re-entrance examination is 50 dollars. The amount is to be remitted in the UCO Bank Vidyanagar, Kolhapur. For more info - http://www.unishivaji.ac.in/eiligifor.htm
D.S.W. - Department of Students Welfare deals with all queries and complains from students regarding education. In short, it is completely focused on all activities regarding student's welfare. he DSW organizes various other programs, competitions and selection trials in the form of Quiz Competitions, Essay Competitions, Inter University Elocution, Debate Competitions, Personality Development Programme For Students and Orientation Programme For Cultural Co-Ordinators
Fellowships - It has also instituted research fellowships for Ph. D. students in the Post-Graduate Departments of the University. The University has made a budget provision of about Rs. 45 Lakhs for these scholarships out of its own funds.
Scholarships - Under the Shivaji University Merit Scholarship, every year about 500 scholarships (of Rs. 5,000/- and 10,000 per annum) are given from own corpus of the University to achievers in Affiliated Colleges. The Shivaji University Merit Scholarship Scheme (SUMS) offers one scholarship each of Rs. 5,000/- for every P. G. Department for both the years. University also offers one departmental research fellowship for each PG department for the scholars pursuing Ph. D. Degree. In addition to the Government of India Scholarship/Concession and the State Government Scholarships/Concessions, the University has instituted various Scholarships/Free studentships for the post-graduate students (subject to modification from time to time). For more info - http://www.unishivaji.ac.in/drf.htm
UII Cell - University Industry Interaction Cell has been established to strengthen the relationship between the university and industry resulting in a mutually beneficial partnership. The services of UII Cell include working on Research and Development Projects, Consultancy Services, Manpower Training, Chemical Analysis etc. The UII Cell is very keen in collaborating with industrial organizations for working on various problems of mutual interest through the faculty members of various Post-Graduate Departments.
Internet Services - Network Maintenance Cell manages all the Internet related services. Campus-wide computer network of around 250 nodes has been established in the University campus at Kolhapur. 18 building in the campus are connected using Fiber optic backbone. At present 27 Academic departments as well as Main Administrative Building are connected. Around 4000 meters of fiber cable is used. While departmental LANs (in-door connectivity) of switched 100 MBPS is on CAT-V UTP cable. E-mail/ Web surfing/download facilities are available to users community spread around the campus for 24 hours a day. Internet Lab is used by all post graduate and research students for their study purpose.
USIC - University Science Instrumentation Centre provides the facilities of repairs, maintenance and fabrication of instruments. These facilities are provided to all University departments, affiliated colleges and also to outside agencies. It also conducts training programmes on repairs and maintenance of Laboratory instruments for the Laboratory assistants of University departments, affiliated colleges and technicians from Industries. Workshop for college teaches on Analytical Instruments and the awareness programmes for students on these Instruments are also conducted. There is also a Vacuum Techniques and Thin film Laboratory. At this Laboratory research and development work on different thin film deposition techniques of different dielectric materials is carried out.
Sports & Physical Education Unit - The Deptt. of Sports & Physical Education of the Shivaji University has all the necessary facilities, with keeping in mind the importance of health and physical fitness & that a sound mind dwells in a healthy body, it has a well equipped Gymnasium, Athletics stadium, 04 Basketball hard courts, cricket ground with 04 wickets, 01 Hockey Court, Tennis Court, 04 Volley Ball Courts, 02 Handball courts, 01 Football Ground, 02 Indoor Badminton Courts, 04 Table Tennis Tables (Indoor), 04 Kabbadi Courts, 02 Kho-Kho grounds & Indoor strengthening & weight Training Gymnasiums are present. In addition to these, there is also facility for Wrestling, Judo, Rope Malkhamb, Chess, Gymnastics etc.
Remedial Coaching - As per the directives of the UGC the University has been conducting Remedial Coaching classes for the students belonging to Reserved Categories.
University Information & Guidance Bureau - University has separate information and guidance bureau for P.G. students. The bureau serves as employment exchange unit for P.G. students of the university
Shivaji University has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Bangalore, with B+ ( * * * * * as per earlier grading system).
Shivaji University has achieved rare distinction of being the first ever University to launch the scholarship scheme for students of PG depts. and under graduate students of affiliated colleges.