The University of Rajasthan holds the distinction of being the oldest Institution of higher learning in Rajasthan. It was established as University of Rajputana on 8th of January, 1947 and recognised from the time of its inception under sections 2f and 12B of UGC. Act.
The main objective of the University has been the creation and dissemination of knowledge. It caters to the aspirations for higher education of students of Rajasthan and from other parts of the country. The location of the University is Urban and its Central Campus is spread over 286 acres. The satellite campus, comprising the Constituent Colleges, is spread over 150 acres. In the beginning the University’s jurisdiction encompassed the entire state. In the year 1956, the Rajputana University was renamed as the University of Rajasthan, keeping intact its enveloping jurisdiction. With the creation of other Universities, its affiliating jurisdiction was modified in geographical terms. However it has today UG and PG Colleges affiliated to it. The University is still the hub of Higher Education in Rajasthan and attracts students from all over Rajasthan and other parts of India and also from abroad. The University believes that in its journey of 66 years it has brought about a transformation in Higher Education in Rajasthan and the country at large. Some of the distinctive features of the University are:
- 9 Faculties, 37 Departments and 22 Centres
- 1139 affiliating Colleges spread in seven districts of Rajasthan; more than 9 lac examinees (including more than 4 lac non-collegiate students)
- accorded UPE status under XI Plan
- four of the six constituent Colleges accorded CPE status
- Three PG Departments (Chemistry, Zoology, Philosophy) have been sanctioned UGC Centre for Advanced Studies status, Department of Physics and Economics have been sanctioned DSA Programme and five Departments (Botany, Geology, Mathematics, Sociology and Home Science) have been sanctioned DRS Programmes
- As per DST evaluation based on H-factor of the research publications in Science, the University ranks 13th at the national level; in view of this standing DST sanctioned its prestigious PURSE Program to the University.
- Seven of the Science Departments have been sanctioned DST-FIST programmes.
- Faculty members receive research funding through research projects sanctioned by different agencies like UGC, DST, BRNS, CSIR, ICMR, ICSSR, ICHR and ICAR. In the last five years more than 80 individual Research Projects have been in operation with an outlay of about Rs. 15 Crores.
- In the last 5 years, more than 2400 Research Papers have been published in refereed Journals. More than 500 books have been authored by the Faculty members in this period.
- Faculty participates in prestigious International Collaborations such as large hadron collider at CERN (Geneva), nuclear reactor at Dubna ó (Russia), Synchrotron radiation sources in Italy and Chicago, nano-particle based drug delivery ó research in Roswell Park Cancer Institute, State University of New York, Buffalo etc. Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh gave recognition to this fact in his address at the 91st Indian National Science Congress in Bhubaneshwar, in which he said “The University of Rajasthan leads among the top 50 Indian scientific institutions in citations per paper under international collaboration”.
- Faculty members have established International linkages and undertake collaborative programmes with research Institutes and Universities from countries such as USA, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, Canada, Japan, UK, Norway, Sweden, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Finland and France.
- At the national level, faculty members have been using National facilities such as neutron reactor at BARC in Mumbai; particle accelerators at IUAC in New Delhi and VECC in Kolkata; synchrotron radiation source in CAT, Indore; facilities at TIFR in Mumbai, IGCAR in Chennai, UGC-DAE CSR in Indore, Mumbai and Kolkata, CDRI in Lucknow, IUAAC in Pune, AIIMS in New Delhi and NPL in New Delhi.
- Centre for Development of Physics Education has earned national and international recognition for developing innovative experiments for Physics Laboratories at UG and PG levels.
- Some of the other notable study Centres are: Centre for Human Ecology, Environmental and Population Studies, Centre for Non-conventional Energy resources, Centre for Water management and research, Social Science Research Centre, South Asia Studies Centre, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy, Centre for Women’s Studies, Centre for Mass Communication and Journalism
- University has set up a Centre for Converging Technologies which offers five years integrated M.Tech. degree in the streams of nano-, bio-, info- and cogno- technology. This Centre is the first of its kind in the country.
- Semester pattern and CGPA grading system has been introduced at PG level in all the University Departments. Admission to Ph.D. programme is through an entrance test; semester course work has been made mandatory as part of Ph.D./M.Phil. Programme.
- A large number of students at both the graduate and postgraduate levels belong to marginalized categories from rural areas.
- More than 40% of the students on the campus comprise women students
- More than 15% of the students belong to SC category, more than14% to ST category and more than 29% to OBC category.
- Pass-outs from the PG Departments have been joining prestigious institutes like BARC, TIFR, PRL, NPL, DRDO, CDRI, IITs, IUAC, IUCAA, UGC-DAE CSR, NPL, NCL, ICS and RAS.
- The University has a vibrant Academic Staff College ranked amongst the top ten ASC’s in the country
- UGC INFONET Centre; National Knowledge Network, ERNET PoP, Grid Computing facility in the campus University Website, Mail Server, Student Portal, Archive Server designed / customized and maintained by the University.
- INFLIBNET and other ICT facilities available on Campus wide area network through Infonet Centre.
- More than 6500 e-journals access available through UGC- INFLIBNET.
- Wi-Fi facility in the main campus.
Dharmovishvashya Jagat Pratistha
“The whole world is sustainable only by virtue of Satya, Ahimsa, Tyag, Pragna, Karuna, and Maitri″
- Promotion of excellence in education and research by inculcating independent critical thought and scientific temper.
- Promotion of interdisciplinary research on convergence of science and technologies.
- Pursuit of high quality research pertaining to economy, social development, languages, arts, culture, energy and environment.
- Establishment and expansion of academic links and research collaborations with national and international institutions.
- Creation and strengthening of infrastructure for global competence.
- Critical analysis of existing social hierarchies and construction of new models of sustainable development, equity and gender justice.
- Preparing Students for Careers in Science, Social Science, Humanities, Commerce, Management, Fine Arts and Sports, Engineering Technology.
The Goals and Objectives
Excellence in Education
- To create, preserve & disseminate knowledge.
- To impart higher education with quality and social relevance.
- To inculcate amongst students a sense of discipline and dedication.
Promotion of high quality research in diverse field
- Priorities on studies of frontier problems concerning national economy, social development, Scientific growth and defence.
- Emphasis on interdisciplinary research.
- Academic links and scientific cooperation with national and international institutions.
- Creation and strengthening of infrastructure through R&D projects.
Aims of Teaching
- To develop an understanding of skills in various modes of inquiry and of critical thinking and problem solving.
- To provide supportive environment.
- To develop and demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the rich complexity of human experience in terms of both its convergence and divergence.
To achieve the goals and objectives of the University the major considerations addressed are as follows:
- By facilitating production of intellectual capital and property in terms of research output, publications, applied research, transfer of knowledge, skills, strategies and technology from laboratory to land in the field of Science & Technology, Social Sciences, Arts, Fine Arts, Commerce and Management, Law and Education.
- Through quality higher education to students by offering relevant courses and programmes facilitating the creation of knowledge capital, knowledgeable and skilled human resource to accept the social and scientific challenges and responsibility at regional, national and global level.
- Establishment of 9 Faculties Arts, Commerce, Education, Engineering & Technology,Fine Arts, Law, Management, Science and Social Science.
- Courses offered (UG, PG, M. Phil. Ph.D., Certificate, PG Diploma, Diploma), specialized research centres as well as inter disciplinary
- courses in all the faculties at University main campus, constituent and affiliated colleges ensuring their relevance, utility and purpose.
Training and Self Development
- Organisation of orientation / refresher courses, w o r k s h o p s o n c u r r i c u l u m d e v e l o p m e n t , examination reforms, quality initiatives, and management issues.
- Deputation of teachers, non-teaching staff and students for personality development and capacity building programmes.
- Short term training programmes to non-teaching s t a f f o n e d u c a t i o n a d m i n i s t r a t i o n , computerisation, and examination methods.
- Arranging public lectures and inviting Visiting professors to interact with students and faculty.
Access and Equity
- Provision for reservation to all the disadvantaged groups SC, ST, OBC,SBC differently abled groups as per Government rules.
Community and National Development, Environment and Value Orientation
- Provisions for NSS, Department of Life Long Learning, Centre for Development of Physics E d u c a t i o n E n v i r o n m e n t a l S t u d i e s a n d Departmental forums for community development and extension activities.
- NSS & NCC subject forums at college level.
- Inculcation of the practice for sustainable development
- Value orientation through NSS, NCC, Student Welfare Progrramme, public lectures, Memorial Lectures and workshops.
- Liaison with Non Government Organizations, Government Organisations, National and International Organizations for Scientific,
- community and national development projects and programmes.
- Provision of computer education at undergraduate level, Internet, usage of ICT tools in teaching learning and evaluation.
- Provision for ICT related and oriented courses M. Tech., MCA, M.Sc. (IT), PGDCA, BCA, and sensitization and awareness programmes for other disciplines.
- Training in both basics and advanced skills in computer usage and applications.
- Computerisation of library, examination work and database management.
- University Website.
- INFLIBNET and other ICT facilities are available on Campus wide area network through Infonet Centre.
- Emphasis on Open Source Technology for application development.
- Computer Labs and Research Centres and provision of computers to all sections of administration and academics.
- Offering globally relevant PG and research c o u r s e s . e . g . C o m p u t e r S c i e n c e , Management, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Converging Technologies, Water Resource Management, Social Sciences, Women’s Studies, Social Work, Arts, Geo-Informatics, M i n e r a l P r o c e s s i n g , I n s t r u m e n t a t i o n Technology, Material Science, Industrial & Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Journalism.
- Provision for training and development on practical skills and human resource skills leading to global competencies.
The University aims to impart higher education with quality and social relevance. It provides academic and research facilities in various streams to the students studying in University Departments, university Constituent Colleges and Affiliated Colleges/Institutions. University of Rajasthan offers 41 Ph.D. Programmes, 25 M.Phil programmes, 54 Masters degree programmes, and 14 Bachelors degree programmes. Besides focusing on dissemination of knowledge and search for excellence in teaching and research, the University prepares the students as good future citizens and endeavors to inculcate amongst them a sense of discipline and dedication. The University is transforming its curricular activities keeping in view the recent trends of development.
The University generates cost effective resources to achieve financial self-sufficiency. Self financing courses are offered both at U.G. and P.G. level. Being both teaching and affiliating University, it ensures equitable distribution of facilities for higher education in different parts of the state under its jurisdiction.
The University encourages its teachers to undertake research activities and gives financial support to attend seminars and workshops. Financial grants are also given for Organizing Conferences. Interdisciplinary approach and collaborative research are being encouraged to achieve excellence in education.