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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Edition 14: Where Knowledge and Work Meet

He who works, has the real knowledge,’ this is the meaning of the Sanskrit text which has been adopted by the University of Pune as its motto. The line could not have been mora adapt because the institution has truly emerged as not only the place of academic pursuing, but also one that of actions.
Established in 1948, the University of Pune has since become one of the leading centres for research and teaching in the country. The campus is surrounded by placid environs and state of the art facilities providing it's numerous students with an ideal atmosphere to pursue research in various areas of Science, Arts, Commerce and Languages. The University has made a significant impact in various areas of research and teaching, and continues to strive for excellence.
The University of Pune was established under the Poona University Act, passed by the Bombay Legislature on 10th February, 1948. In the same year, Dr. M. R. Jayakar assumed office as the first vice chancellor of the University. Today, his memory lies in the form of vast library named after him.
B.G.Kher, then Chief Minister and Education Minister, Govt. of Bombay, took a keen interest in setting apart a beautiful campus for the University. As a result of his efforts, a campus spread over 411 acres was allocated to the University in early 1950.
Initially the University had a jurisdiction extending over 12 districts of Western Maharashtra. However, with the establishment of the Shivaji University, Kolhapur, in 1964, the jurisdiction of the University was restricted to 5 districts, namely Pune, Ahmednagar, Nasik, Dhule and Jalgaon. Out of these, two districts - Dhule and Jalgaon are attached to the North Maharashtra University established in August 1990.
During the year 1949, there were only 18 colleges affiliated to the University, with an enrollment of over 8000 students. In 1994-95, the University had 41 post-graduate departments, 209 affiliated colleges and 118 recognized research institutions, with an enrollment of 1,70,000 students for both the under-graduate and post-graduate courses.
Vice Chancellors of UoP
Dr. M. R. Jayakar 1948 - 56
Dr. R. P. Paranjpye 1956 - 59
Prof. D. G. Karve 1959 - 61
Dr. Mahamahopadhyaya D. V. Potdar 1961 - 64
Dr. N. V. Alias Kakasaheb Gadgil 1964 - 66
Prof. D. R. Gadgil 1966 - 67
Dr. H. V. Pataskar 1967 - 70
Dr. B. P. Apte 1970 - 72
Dr. G. S. Mahajani 1972 - 75
Prin. D. A. Dabholkar 1975 - 78
Prof. R. G. Takwale 1978 - 84
Prof. V. G. Bhide 1984 - 88
Dr. S. C. Gupte 1988 - 95
Dr. Vasant Gowariker 1995 - 98
Prof. Arun Nigavekar 1998-2000
Prof. N.J.Sonawane 2000-2001
Prof. Ashok S. Kolaskar 2001-2006
Dr. Ratnakar Gaikwad (I.A.S.) 2006-2006
Dr. Narendra Jadhav 2006-2009
Principal Dr. A. D. Adsool (Acting V.C.) 2009-2010
R K Shevgaonkar 2010-
Now crash course in Marathi
Beginning this June, the university of Pune will offer crash courses in Marathi for the outsiders, including foreigners. The Marathi department of the University has proposed to introduce a number of short-term, job oriented courses at the department from the coming academic year, to attract Marathi as well as non-Marathi students of language and literature.
According to the head of department Manohar Jadhav, “The department will start four part-time diploma courses, which will cover the use of Marathi language for administrative purpose, script writing, book publishing and ‘Learn Marathi’ for non-Marathi speaking people settled in Maharashtra. We have also planned courses in advertisement writing, jingle and copy-writing.”
The part-time courses of six-month durations, will begin from June and will be held in the evening. The detailed syllabus and faculties for the courses are still being worked out. The intake for each course will be 20 students. Admissions will be on the basis of entrance exam and interview, except for the ‘Learn Marathi’ course. Opening a placement cell for these courses is also under consideration.
The department has witnessed lower ratio of students compared to other departments like social and pure sciences during the last few years, he said, attributing it to less job opportunities.

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