Mahatma Gandhi University is an Indian state-related public university. It was established on Gandhi Jayanti, 2 October 1983 in the Kottayam district of Kerala, India.Mahatma Gandhi University (formerly Gandhiji University), has been approved by UGC and accredited (B+) by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India. Only four universities among 15 universities in the state are qualified to receive NAAC accreditation. The university have around 100 affiliated colleges spread over five districts in central Kerala.
Also known as MG University, and abbreviated as MGU, the university has grown to become one among the Top 50 Universities in India, ranked by India Today magazine. MGU is the only university from south India selected for Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative set up by U.S.-India Governments for Institutional Partnership Grants. This created MGU to form partnership with Brown University, Duke University and Plymouth State University from USA.
The University Grants Commission of India does not believe that names of Indian universities should be unique, so another State Government-run Mahatma Gandhi University was established in 2007 in Andhra Pradesh (now in the newly formed state of Telangana) and got recognition from UGC. The decision was not challenged by the older Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala. Similarly another private university named Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU-Meghalaya) was also established through Meghalaya State legislative Act, 2010 in Meghalaya and followed by same named private universities by Uttarakhand State in 2007 and states of Rajasthan, Arunachal Pradesh too coming latest in this list.
The university offers around 300 academic programmes (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degrees) in the fields of Pure and Applied Sciences, Technology, Paramedical Studies, Nursing, Management, Engineering, Gandhian Thought, International Relations, Politics, Physics, Nano Science, Disability Studies, Rehabilitation Sciences, Special Education, Psychology, Behavioural Medicine, Tourism, Journalism, Chemical Sciences, Polymer Engineering, Hospital Administration, Environmental Sciences, Disaster Management, Business Studies, Commerce, Economics, Arts, Pedagogical Studies, Hotel and Hospitality Management, Catering Science, Food and Nutrition, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Geoinformatics among others. Average annual student enrollment is between 17,000-18,000 (2013 statistics).
Dr Babu Sebastian (former Director of SIET & IT@School) is the Vice Chancellor of the university.
Dr.Sheena Shukkur (former faculty member of the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal) serves as the Pro Vice Chancellor. The registrar is Mr. M.R. Unni and Dr. Thomas John Mampra holds the charge of Controller of Examinations. Mr. Abraham J.Puthumana acts as the Finance Officer and Mr. G. Sreekumar is the Public Relations Officer.
The university is funded by the University Grants Commission and Government of Kerala.It is a member of the AIU and the ACU. Association of Commonwealth Universities represents over 480 universities from Commonwealth countries.
The university campus is in the Priyadarsini Hills, 13 kilometers from Kottayam Railway Station and 4 kilometers from Ettumanoor. To reach the campus take the deviation from M.C. Road at Ettumanoor or Gandhi Nagar. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport situated at Nedumbassery, Cochin which is about 80 km away. Private buses to Ernakulam starting from the Nagampadom bus stand at the northern end of the railway platform at Kottayam stop at the university.
Mahatma Gandhi University has made its presence outside its territorial jurisdiction through the 72 off campus centres — 55 centres within Kerala, nine outside Kerala and at eight global locations.
Schools and departments
School of Behavioural Science
School of Bio-Science
School of Chemical Science
School of Computer Sciences
School of Distance Education
School of Environmental Science
School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies
School of Indian Legal Thought
School of International Relation & Politics
School of Printing & Publishing
School of Letters
School of Pedagogical Sciences
School of Physical Education & Sports Science
School of Pure and applied physics
School of Management & Business Studies
School of Social Science
School of Technology & Applied Sciences
School of Tourism Studies
Department of Life-Long Learning & Extension
National Institute of Plant Science Technology
Inter University Center For Studies in Science Of Music
Centre For High Performance Computing
Inter University Centre for Disability Studies
International and Inter University Centre for Nano science and Nanotechnology
Courses Offered -
, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration, Master of Computer Application, master of social work, ,
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