Deendayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University also known as the University of Gorakhpur, is a teaching and residential-cum-affiliating University. Although the idea of residential University at Gorakhpur was first mooted by Dr. C.J. Chako, the then Principal of St. Andrews College, then under Agra University, who initiated post-graduate and undergraduate science teaching in his college, the idea got crystallized and took concrete shape by the untiring efforts of Late Pt. S.N.M. Tripathi. The proposal was accepted in principle by the first Chief Minister of U.P., Late Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant, but it was only in 1965 that the University came into existence by an act passed by the U.P. Legislature. It actually started functioning since September 1, 1957, when the faculties of Arts, Commerce, Law and Education were started. In the following year, 1958, the faculty of science came into being. Faculties of Engineering, Medicine and Agriculture came into existence in later years. Late Mahant Digvijay Nath also made valuable contribution in the formation of the University. The Madan Mohan Malviya Engineering College. At one stage the federal jurisdiction of the University was spread over colleges in Gorakhpur and the adjoining erstwhile twelve districts with about 125 affiliated colleges. In 1973, when the Gorakhpur University Act was replaced by uniform piece of legislation called the U.P. Universities Act, about two dozed colleges located in five districts were transferred to the newly created Avadh University with headquarters at Faizabad. The jurisdiction of the Gorakhpur University was drastically curtailed further in its headquarters at Jaunpur. At present, with the establishment of new colleges and the creation of new districts, there are 123 colleges located in five districts of Gorakhpur Division.
It has neat and attractive campus spread over an area of about 300 acres with well-planned teaching and residential campuses. In the beginning the University was housed in two buildings the Pant Block (inaugurated by late Pt. Pant) and the Majithia Block (named after Sir Surendra Singh Majithia, who made a significant donation to the building through his family trust). Several other buildings came up during the following decades : they include the Arts Block, the Administrative Block, the Law Faculty and Research Buildings for Chemistry, Zoology, and Botany. Besides, there are separated Buildings for Commerce and Education Faculties and also for Home, Science, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Hindi, Ancient History, Fine Arts and Music, Political Science and Adult Education. A huge building comprising several big rooms besides and imposing auditorium, referred to as Deeksha Bhavan, presently houses the separate girls' wing for the undergraduate classes along with its use as an examination centre. Two separate building housing a branch of Allahabad Bank and a sub-Post Office are also part of the University. Samajiki Manviki Bhawan - was built about seven years ago. Besides the general maintenance and repair work, and the general beautification of the campus on a large scale, some hectic construction activities are also currently going on in the University. Buildings of Department of Business Management and of Biotechnology have been constructed. Additional lecture halls have been added in the Arts Faculty Building. In the residential zone there are more than 125 quarters for teachers and officials of the University and about the same number of the non-teaching staff. The students living in the city are attached to the Delegacy which looks after their interests and provides facilities to them in extra-curricular activities. Besides the conventional courses, the University offers several other courses in Business management, Computer Science, M.Sc. in Electronics, Diplomas in Photography, PG Diploma in Computer Science, diplomas in public administration, labour law, journalism are some of the more prominent ones. A few courses of topical interest where introduced : Industrial Microbiology (1999), Industrial Chemistry and Home Science at the Under Graduate level, and Biotechnology at the Post Graduate level
Location - It is situated at a distance of about 2 kilometres form the down-town to the east and almost walking distance from railway station to the south
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Commerce
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Agriculture
Hostels - There are several hostels namely ant kabir hostel, gautam budha hostel, vivekanand hostel, nath chandrawat, rani laxmi bai ( girls), alaknanda hostel. Four boys hostel and one complex with three wings for the girls' - which have facilities of reading-cum-TV room, games etc.
EDP Cell - The EDP Cell has been established with cutting edge technology equipments like three high-end servers, twenty nodes, four high speed A3/A4 size laser printers and one 500 lmp line printer fully networked on switch based technology. The internet connectivity (64 kbps) has been established through radio link with ERNET India (Ministry of Information Technology). Campus networking, Web-Ste development and modular software development works are being carried out. In parallel to the high-tech equipments the EDP Cell is well supported by highly skilled manpower.
Special Courses - Remedial courses for SC and ST
EGB - There is also an Employment Guidance Bureau to help and advice students in seeking employment.
Distance Learning - Study centres of the Indira Gandhi National Open University and of UPRT open University also function in the University and for those who, for one reason or the other, are unable to pursue higher studies in the conventional set up.
Banking Facility by Allahabad Bank
The University has been credited with B++ level by the NAAC team of UGC, New Delhi