University of Mumbai is a State University established in 1857. It was earlier known as University of Bombay. The University of Mumbai Was founded by Dr Jhon Wilson in 1857 and is modelled on the Universities of Britain. The name of the University was changed from University of Bombay to University of Mumbai according to a Government Gazette dated 4 September 1996. It is abbreviated as either (UoM) for University of Mumbai or as (MU) for Mumbai University. It has two campuses of area 230 acres and 13 acres, with 1.25 million square feet of built-up area, 22 thousand sq. feet of class-rooms and 84 thousand sq feet of laboratory space. It has two post-graduate centres, 354 affiliated colleges and 36 Departments. Affiliated Colleges of Mumbai University are located in Thane, Navi Mumbai, Raigarh, Singhdurg, Konkan and Ratnagiri. It has affiliations with several high ranking research institutes in the world, including Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), a deemed university of the University of Mumbai and the Tata Memorial Hospital.
Fort Campus - The original campus is in Fort, Mumbai, near the southern end of the city of Mumbai. It houses the administrative division of the university. It is built in the Gothic style of architecture and includes a library that holds many original manuscripts. The University of Bombay was established at the Fort Campus in 1857. In the same year universities were established in the two other Presidency towns of Calcutta and Madras. Fort Campus was one of the first educational institutions established by the British in India following Sir Charles Wood's Dispatch on Education in 1854.
Kalina Campus - It is another large campus, situated in Kalina, Santacruz in suburban Mumbai. Much of its 230 acres (930,000 m²) is being kept for the development of future disciplines. It has on-campus graduate training and research centres. The most popular courses are in the field of Life Sciences. It also has social sciences and behavioural sciences departments offering masters and doctoral programs, which include the Department of Economics and the Department of Psychology. The Kalina campus also includes certain science departments including the Department of Biotechnology, Department of Physics, Department of Information Technology and Department of Mathematics, and has most of the humanities and language departments of Mumbai University at the masters and doctoral level. The National Centre for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology is also located in this campus along with the Department of Biophysics, a one of its kind department in Western India. The largest Library in terms of volume, the Jawaharlal Nehru Library is also located in this campus
Ratnagiri Campus - It is a minor campus running mostly extramural courses is located in the town of Ratnagiri. The campus is located at the Thibaw Palace, originally built to accommodate the exiled royal family of Burma near the Finolex Academy College sub-divisional office. Visualising the need to cater academic and administrative services to the students of Konkan region, the University of Mumbai initiated an Administrative Sub-Centre at Ratnagiri on September 05, 1989. Initially the main purpose of the Sub-Centre was to decentralise some of the student services. Due to the constraint of space, expansion of student services as also introduction of courses could not be realised. Beginning with the academic year 1997-98, all the student services and some need-based academic courses were offered by the University from the Sub-Centre. For detailed info - http://www.mu.ac.in/ratnagiri/about-rc.htm
Hostels - There are 7 Hostels which accommodates students of the University.
Library - The Library has a collection of about 6,99,321 Books, 20,000 Theses & dissertation, 12,000 Periodicals, 15,000 Manuscripts and 2,000 Microforms. The main Library or Central Library is Jawaharlal Nehru Library (JNL) with almost a million books (850,000), documents and Scientific Journals, Thesis, Encyclopaedias, along with over 30,000 microfilms and over 1200 rare manuscripts, IMF reports, census records and access to several hundreds of E-Journals through online subscription. The (JNL) catalogue is computerised. The Library largely contains books with basic sciences and the social and behavioural sciences. The technology and applied research journals and books of the University of Mumbai are kept at various other Libraries including those at ICT, TIFR, JBIMS & Tata Memorial Hospital. Together the University of Mumbai collection of Books and Scientific journals includes over a million documents.
Central Computing Facility - The University also provides computing facilities to it's students.
IDOL - Institute of Distance & Open Learning provides counselling services to the students at the headquarters by its full time faculty members every day. Students having difficulties on academic & administrative matters are being resolved during this session. Besides this the Institute has a Personal Contact Programmee (PCP) Lectures in various affiliated colleges for about three months in which students can get academic difficulties solved. The Institute Organizes guidance lectures under Personal Contact Programmes in certain subjects in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai & Thane for the benefit of students, generally in the evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM or sometimes on Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays. Though the lectures are not compulsory, it is an attempt to provide guidance to students in solving their academic difficulties. These personal contact programmes will generally be conducted one or two weeks before the scheduled dates of examination. The Audio Video centre of the Institute has more than 100 video cassettes in the subjects of Commerce and Economics which are syllabus oriented / curriculum based. It also provides Library facilities.
Institute of Distance & Open Learning offers:
Fellowships - The University provides various Fellowships to deserving students.
Some of these are:
Department of Physics: Ph. D. Fellowships under University of Mumbai-Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (MU-BARC) Collaborative Ph.D. Scheme in Physics.
Rajeev Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) to research Scholars for SC/ST Candidates for pursuing M.Phil/Ph.d.
Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship.
Department of Linguistics: Fellowship for Minority Students.
Department of Physics: MU-BARC collaborative Ph.D. scheme.
Department of Life Sciences: Post Doctoral Fellowship and Pool Officer.
Department of Physics: Ph.D. Fellowships.
Department of Physics: Fe and N diffusion mechanism.
Virtual Classrooms - The University imparts Virtual Learning through it's Video Lecture Course. These lectures are meant only for reference viewing and have no direct connection with any syllabus, course content with reference to University of Mumbai. These lectures are developed as a project initiated by the University Grant Commission (UGC), as University Video Lecture Course (UVLC) developed by Education International India, Consortium for Education Communication, New Delhi. These lectures are video-cassettes converted to very low bandwidth video stream (32-38 Kbps). The lectures are in simple English, making it self instructional material.
They are currently available in following subjects :
Educational International (EI) is an undertaking of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Operating under the aegis of the University Grants Commission, it has the mandate of dissemination of Indian educational materials. For more info - http://www.mu.ac.in/mav_ugc/home.html.
DLLE - Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension was earlier known as the Department of Adult and Continuing Education and Extension. The DLLE offers flexible Continuing Education opportunities for the people. It's programmes extend across a range of Arts, Social Studies and Information Technology Subjects. The Department offers short term Continuing Education Certificate Course. In the past years, i.e, the Department had designed and introduced few new courses and some of the short term courses are conducted number of repetitions during the years. For detailed info - http://www.mudlle.ac.in/profile.html.
Continuing Education Certificate Courses
Certificate in Office Administration.
Certificate in Computer Hardware, Software and Networking.
Certificate in Business Administration.
Certificate in Computerized Accounting (Tally).
Certificate in Basic Electronics & Telecommunications.
Certificate in Linux Administration.
Certificate in Fibre Optics.
Certificate in Basics of Share Market.
Certificate in Basics of Banking Procedures and Investments.
Certificate in Basics of Income Tax..
Certificate in Corporate Writing Skills.
Certificate in General Writing Skills.
Certificate in e-Taxation.
MUST Radio - MUST Radio is the community radio of the University of Mumbai which can be heard on 107.8 MHz FM. It serves as a platform to provide vital information to all the people regarding education, public health , women empowerment and socially relevant issues in an entertaining manner. The radio station is situated on the Kalina Campus, 3rd floor , Ranade Bhavan. It has very good recording and broadcasting facilities which provide a very good learning platform for all the students who actually run the radio station.
It is one amongst the first three Universities in India.
It has been given a five-star ranking by NAAC.
It has world ranking of 401 and 130th Position in Asia.
University of Mumbai is the 7th University in the country which started Distance Education Courses in a conventional set up.
12 Department/sections are recognized under various national programmes, such as SAP/CAS/DRS/DSA/COSIST/FIST.
In the last five years it has seen 104% increase in under-graduate students, 112% increase in post-graduate students and 147% increase in distance - education students.
There is 156% increase in the number of research papers published in International journals.
More than 80 teachers are on various professional bodies.
18 National/International awards are won by teachers in the last five years. Every year about 20 teachers visit abroad for academic activities.
Recently more than 10 self-supporting courses have been started by the University.
Prominet Alumni of the University include B. R. Ambedkar, Lokmanya Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi, Aishwarya Rai, Mukesh Ambani, Lara Dutta, Sunil Gavaskar etc.