Goa University

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Goa University
Goa University.jpg
Established 1985
Chancellor Bharat Vir Wanchoo
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Satish Ramnath Shetye
Location Taleigao, Goa, India
Website Goa University

Goa University was established under the Goa University Act of 1984 (Act No. 7 of 1984)and commenced operations on 1 June 1985. The university provides higher education in the Indian state of Goa.

After the Liberation of Goa from Portuguese colonial rule in December 1961, the University of Bombay, (now Mumbai) offered affiliation through its Centre of Post-Graduate Instruction and Research (located in the state capital, Panaji, or Panjim) to the first colleges that were instituted in Goa in June 1962. Since 1985 Goa University offers graduate and post-graduate studies and research programmes. It is currently (2014) accredited to the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) in India with a rating of four stars. It is located on the Taleigao Plateau.

Educational institutions in colonial Goa[edit]

Although the Portuguese colonial powers set up several renowned seminaries and a number of parish schools after their arrival in Goa in the 16th century, these offered mainly religious and elementary education, respectively. Medical education started in the early 18th century, in the Royal Hospital in the old City of Goa, and the first regular medical course was offered in 1801 at the Royal and Military Hospital. In the 1950s attempts were made by the government to ensure compulsory enrolment in primary schools (Varde 83). Private schools also thrived, including in Marathi and English mediums. Some of these taught up to high school and prepared the students to appear for Secondary School Certificate Examination (Matric/SSCE) of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary Education, Pune.

Dr. P.S. Varde (History of Education in Goa from 1510 to 1975, Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa, Panaji, Goa, 1977) quotes the following figures for enrolment in primary schools in Goa, Daman and Diu, in the year of Liberation (1961-62):

  • In the 151 Government Portuguese primary schools – number of children : 17, 028
  • In the 104 private Portuguese primary schools - 9, 298
  • In the 4 Government Marathi-Portuguese schools: 125
  • In the 167 registered (private) Marathi schools: 13, 309
  • In the primary sections of the Marathi secondary (private) schools 2, 911
  • In the 10 Urdu-Portuguese (Government) schools: 717
  • In the 8 Urdu private schools: 482
  • In the 11 Government Gujarati Portuguese schools: 1,101
  • In the 4 non-Government Gujarati schools: 284
  • In the primary sections of secondary Gujarati schools: 1,039
  • In the 17 English medium private primary schools: 900
  • In the primary sections of the three English Secondary Schools: 6, 413.
  • There were also around 100 Marathi schools not registered in the Education Department.

The enrolment in secondary schools:

  • Lyceum: 921
  • In the 13 Private Lyceum institutions: 1,700
  • In the 53 private English schools 4, 997
  • In the 19 Marathi schools: 1, 287
  • In the 6 Gujarati schools: 283

Including the enrolment in the 4 Government Technical Schools (secondary level: 993), the grand total for all languages : 10, 181. “…the total number of children in primary schools would amount to 59, 607. This would mean that approximately 50% children out of the total population in the age group 7-13 were attending primary schools. The percentage enrolment in secondary schools for the age group 11-17 was approximately 14.6%.” (Varde 94-96). The duration of school education was of around 12 years, including pre-University education.

Teachers’ Training: After a number of ineffectual attempts were made to start training institutes for teachers, in 1844 a teachers’ training school, Escola Normal, was established, in line with new directions from Portugal for the promotion of education in the colonies. (Cabral 95). The school was initially attached to the Lyceum, and underwent constant reforms as educational policies in Europe underwent change. Whereas earlier women students could only appear as private candidates, from 1894, in Portugal, it was made co-educational (Cabral 134). “When the Governor-General Joao Carlos Craveiro Lopes came out with his set of reforms [in Goa] through his “Portaria” issued on the 31st of May 1935, he stated clearly that the “Escola Normal de Luis de Camões” was meant for the training of Teachers of both sexes and would be under the Governor-General of the colony, who would administer it through the Directorate of Civil Administration.” (Cabral 114).

Institutes of Higher Education in Colonial Goa: The first institutes of Higher Education were set up by the Portuguese administration in the nineteenth century, the main being the Academia Militar (Military Academy)(1817), later expanded into the Escola Matemática e Militar ( Mathematics and Military School) and the Escola Médico-Cirúrgico de Goa (School of Medicine and Surgery-) (1842). A course in pharmacology (Curso de Farmácia) was also created in 1842. In 1854 the Liceu Nacional Afonso de Albuquerque (Lyceum) was founded, offering higher education in the Humanities and the Sciences. The School of Medicine (a five-year medical course) and the Course in Pharmacy (a three-year course) were the first of their kind in Asia. None of these institutions were considered University – degree granting institutions. “The courses offered by the Lyceum were broad-based with a view to providing good cultural and scientific foundations for the students aiming at higher studies as well as those who were on the threshold of public life.” (Varde 61) Persons wishing to pursue university education of four or five years duration had to travel to British India or to Europe.

University Education in post-Liberation Goa: Within less than six months after the Liberation of Goa, two colleges were started as a result of private initiatives and government backing:

  • Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Panjim (1962) (Goa Education Society) and
  • Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science, Margao (1962) (Chowgule Education Society)

In the very first year, the number of students who registered in these two colleges added up to 879. Other colleges soon followed suit:

  • St. Xavier’s College, Bastora (1963) (then Mapusa) (Diocesan Society of Education)
  • Carmel College for Women, Nuvem (1964) ( Carmel Education Society)
  • S.S. Dempo College of Commerce and Economics (1966) (Goa Education Society)
  • The Engineering College in Panjim in 1967 (Government of Goa).

As these institutions and more came into existence, the question of affiliation surfaced, and led to some debate since Goa was a Union Territory, and it was suggested they be affiliated to Delhi University. However the colleges opted to be affiliated to the University of Bombay, and at the request of the government of Goa, Daman and Diu, the Centre of Post-Graduate Instruction and Research was started in Goa by the University of Bombay with the support of the Goa administration. The Jha Committee proposed the establishment of a University in Goa, and recommended its gradual development from the Centre of Post-Graduate Instruction and Research (CPIR) into a full-fledged university over a period of five to ten years. The Committee made a number of additional recommendations in this regard, including the following:

  1. The CPIR was to be developed as a nucleus for the proposed university.
  2. The CPIR was to be placed under the administration of a Board set up by the Government of Goa with the cooperation of the University of Bombay.
  3. The administrative work of the CPIR was to be carried out by an Executive Committee of the Board, headed by the Director of the CPIR.
  4. The CPIR should be shifted to a proper site for the University.
  5. The Board of the CPIR would have all powers of an educational institution, including financial ones for the conduct of its activities and the academic powers would be vested in the University of Bombay.
  6. The Director would be have the responsibility to develop the CPIR on sound lines so as to develop it into a future university, and would be the fore-runner of the future Vice-Chancellor.
  7. Other recommendations/suggestions were made with reference to Goa’s historical, geographic and cultural position.

The Goa University Act of 1984 brought Goa University into existence and it commenced operations on 1 June 1985. It moved to its present 175 hectare campus on the Taleigao Plateau.

Centre for education in Goa[edit]

Goa University is the centre for higher education in Goa, India's smallest state.

Campus[edit]

Goa University signboard for various faculty.

Goa University was designed by painter, sculptor, muralist, graphic designer and architect Satish Gujral.

Goa University is built on the Taleigao Plateau, around five kilometres from the Goan state capital of Panaji or Panjim. It can be approached by Bambolim or Dona Paula-Taleigao.

The Taleigao plateau overlooks the beautiful Arabian Sea and the picturesque Dona Paula shores, a former beach village and now a tourist location. The university is counted as one of the must-sees by many tourist guides, who route visitors around this region.

Administration[edit]

The Governor of Goa, Bharat Vir Wanchoo is the chancellor[1] of the university, Dr. Satish Ramnath Shetye is the vice-chancellor,[2] and Prof. Vijayendra P. Kamat[3] is the registrar.

Goa University library

Statutory bodies[edit]

Statutory bodies of the university are as follows:

Court[edit]

The Court has a membership of 40 and its constitution shall be as under i) Vice Chancellor as chairman ii) Five deans of faculties iii) Five professors of university teaching departments iv) Five principals of affiliated colleges v) Three teachers (other than deans and professors) of the University teaching departments vi) Eight teachers of affiliated colleges vii) Two representatives of the managements of the non-government affiliated colleges viii) The chairman of the University Students Council ix) Four eminent educationists, scholars, specialists or administrators x) One representative of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and one representative of Other Backward Communities xi) Two women representatives of Goa xii) A representative of the non-teaching staff of the University xiii) Registrar of the University as Member-Secretary. The term of the court will be of four years.

Executive Council[edit]

International scholars at the Goa University, seminar, 2011 --from left: Gomes, Trichur, Suzuki, Newman.

The Executive Council has a membership of 13 and its constitution shall be as under i) Vice-Chancellor as chairman ii) Two deans of faculties members iii) One principal of an affiliated college iv) One professor (other than deans) of the University teaching departments v) Five eminent educationists, scholars, specialists or administrators vi) Two nominees of the state vii) Registrar as Member-Secretary. The term of the Executive Council is of four years

Academic Council[edit]

The Academic Council has a membership of 40 and its constitution shall be as under: i) Vice-Chancellor as chairman ii) All the deans of the faculties of the University (ten) iii) Five University professors iv) Five principals of the affiliated colleges v) Five teachers of the University departments vi) Five teachers of the affiliated colleges vii) The Director of N.I.O viii) Chairman, Goa Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education ix) Three eminent educationists or scholars x) Librarian xi) Registrar as Member-Secretary. The term of the Academic Council is of four years.

Planning Board[edit]

The Planning Board comprises eight members and its constitution shall be as under i) Vice-Chancellor as chairman ii) Vice-Chancellor of any University iii) *One member of the Executive Council iv) *One member of the Academic Council v) One dean of faculty vi) One eminent educationist vii) One representative of the University Grants Commission viii) The Registrar as ex officio Member-Secretary. (*Amended by EC on 25/11/94 in view of provision contained in clause 2 of Statute 40.) The term of office of the members other than the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar is of four years and they shall be eligible for re-nomination.

Finance Committee[edit]

The Finance Committee of the consists of the following eight members: i) Vice-Chancellor as chairman ii) Registrar iii) Secretary to Government of Goa in-charge of University Education iv) Secretary to Government of Goa in-charge of the Finance v) One nominee of the E.C. from its own members vi) Dean of the Faculty of Commerce vii) One nominee of the Visitor viii) The finance Officer as Member-Secretary. The Visitor nominates a person not connected with the University on the Finance Committee. The Executive Council nominates one of its members on the Finance Committee The term of all the members of the Finance Committee other than the Vice-Chancellor and ex-officio members shall be of four year.

Mandate[edit]

Role of the University in higher education in Goa[edit]

Goa University provides a focal point for higher education in Goa and drives the vision for the development of the academic and professional curricula in Goa. It is responsible for quality assurance and committed to providing excellent educational opportunities to its students. The university is also invested in nurturing the academic curiosities and sustaining intellectual traditions in the local population of Goa and it conducts various talks, seminars and events that are open to the general public and the community that resides around the campus. Goa University, Goa’s only university, is a university of affiliated colleges. 53 affiliated colleges: 29 in general education 24 professional education Enrollment ~27,000, mostly for undergraduate studies

Main Campus primarily for post-graduate studies Enrolment ~ 1,500

The strengths of the University:

  1. Manageable numbers: “There are as many as 4000 colleges affiliated to 13 State funded universities with roughly half of them affiliated to Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur universities each with as many as 550 to 750 colleges. These larger universities have around 5 lakh students each.” Higher Education in Maharashtra: Preparing for the future‐New Ideas & Pathways, 2011
  2. Funding at a reasonably good level for a State University.

The challenges of the University: As Goa’s only university, the challenges are to:

  1. Look at the entire “bell curve” not just its tails, including those that don’t make it to HSSC.
  2. Create adequate opportunities for learning at all the levels higher than those not covered by the school education system.
  3. Ensure quality at all levels of education that is imparted under the university system.
  4. Give high priority to employability of those who graduate out of the education programmes.

Affiliated colleges[edit]

The university is responsible for the bachelors' level of education conducted by colleges across Goa and affiliated to Goa University.

The following are the professional colleges affiliated to Goa University:[4]

The following are the non-professional colleges affiliated to Goa University:[5]

Post-graduate departments, centres of studies[edit]

The main campus of Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, has:

  • 25 post-graduate departments
  • 2 centres of studies offering academic programmes which lead to the Master’s and Doctorate (Ph.D.) programmes across disciplines.
  • Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies Centre
  • The Centre for Women's Studies
  • Post-graduate diploma programmes in select disciplines are also conducted on the main campus. Doctoral Programmes:
  • ~300 students are currently working on their PhD on the main campus of the university
  • ~100 are enrolled in recognized Research Centres:
  • National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Vasco
  • Directorate of Archives, Panaji
  • National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula
  • Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim
  • Malaria Research Centre, Panaji
  • Thomas Stephens Konkkni Kendr, Porvorim
  • Fishery Survey of India, Mormugao
  • All India Institute of Local Self Government, Panaji

The university houses 12 faculties under which departments operate and offer masters or diploma programmes. The following are the faculties in Goa University and the departments which operate under them:

  • Faculty of Language and Literature:
    • Department of Comparative Literature
    • Department of Linguistic
    • Department of English
    • Department of Hindi
    • Department of Konkani
    • Department of Marathi
    • Department of French
    • Department of Portuguese
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences:
    • Department of Computer Science and technology
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Earth Science
    • Department of Electronics and Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
  • Faculty of Social Sciences:
    • Department of Communications
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Geography & Environment
    • Department of History
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of Sociology
  • Faculty of Life Sciences and Environment:
    • Department of Bio-technology
    • Department of Botany
    • Department of Geology
    • Department of Home Science
    • Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • Department of Marine Science
    • Department of Micro-biology
    • Department of Zoology
  • Faculty of Commerce:
    • Department of Commerce

Library[edit]

• Collection of 1,40,000 books. • Designated as an U.N. repository, it has been receiving documents and United Nations publications since 1996. • Subscribes to ~350 journals. • The Library is the repository of several rare and special-interest holdings, particularly in the area of Indo-Portuguese History. Enriched by private donations from over 52 scholars, for example Dr. P.S.S. Pissurlekar and Dr. Nuno Gonsalves collections.

• Library home page : http://library.unigoa.ac.in • Library catalogue : http://libcat.unigoa.ac.in

New courses[edit]

From the Academic Year 2013-14:

Enhanced intake in existing popular programmes[edit]

  1. Chemistry: 36 to 72 (18 each in Organic, Inorganic, Physical and Analytical)
  2. MCA: 30 to 60
  3. M.Com: 40 to 60
  4. MBA(Fin. Serv.) 25 to 40

New programmes[edit]

  1. Library Science (restarted) intake: 20 for BLISc in 2013-14;
  2. 20 for BLISc and 20 for MLISc in 2014-15mp.
  3. M.Sc. (Biotechnology) intake: 20
  4. M.Tech. (Computer Sci.) intake: 10

These steps led to 30% increase in post-graduate intake on the main campus, from ~650 to ~850.

Other initiatives[edit]

Goa University’s Academic Staff College (ACS)[edit]

The ACS, supported by the Indian University Grants Commission conducts refresher and orientation courses for college and university teachers. As many as 46 professional and non-professional and non-professional colleges and institutions—for undergraduate teaching—are affiliated to the university. Besides, eight research institutions are recognised by the Goa University for research.

Distance Education, Information & Training Infrastructure (DEITI)[edit]

The DEITI Studio, which is linked to the Indian dedicated education satellite ‘Edusat’, produces a number of educational programmes.

Visiting Research Professors Programme[edit]

The Department of Art & Culture, Government of Goa, has funded six Visiting Research Professorship Chairs at the university

  1. The D.D. Kosambi Visiting Research Professorship in Interdisciplinary Studies
  2. The Dayanand Bandodkar Visiting Research Professorship in Political Economy
  3. The Bakibab Borkar Visiting Research Professorship in Comparative Literature
  4. The Mario Miranda Visiting Research Professorship in Fine Art, Painting, Illustrative Cartooning, etc.
  5. The Anthony Gonsalves Visiting Research Professorship in Western Music
  6. The Nana Shirgaonkar Visiting Research Professorship in Traditional Music

Study India Programme[edit]

As per the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Goa University with Nihon University, Japan, a batch of students under the Study India Programme visits the University for about 6 months every year to study Indian culture, Indian politics and Indian society.

Konkani Encyclopedia[edit]

Konkani Vishvakosh is soon to be a part of Konkani Wikipedia. • A New Science Block recently completed, houses four departments: Chemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Botany.

Facts and figures[edit]

Recognised institutions[edit]

Recognised institutions functioning with Goa University recognition are:[6]

Admission procedures[edit]

The procedure for admission is mentioned in detail in the annual handbook published and made available during the first week of June. More information on admission can also be directly obtained from the academic sections, concerned departments, or colleges in person.

All the admission forms are directly received by the concerned office of the departments on the campus. Members of the public can visit the office from 12.00 to 13.00 on all working days, according to the Citizen's Charter of the Goa University.

Students housing[edit]

Contacts[edit]

Goa University telephone is +0091-832-2451345-48/75; 2456480-85 and fax +0091-832-2451184/2452889.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.unigoa.ac.in/contentarticledisp.php?id=2
  2. ^ http://www.unigoa.ac.in/contentarticledisp.php?id=3
  3. ^ http://www.unigoa.ac.in/contentarticledisp.php?id=20
  4. ^ http://www.unigoa.ac.in/affiliate.php?aftid=2
  5. ^ http://www.unigoa.ac.in/affiliate.php?aftid=1
  6. ^ http://www.unigoa.ac.in/affiliate.php?aftid=3

Further reading[edit]

  • Varde, Dr. P.S., History of Education in Goa, Directorate of Art & Culture, Government of Goa, Panaji, 1977.
  • Cabral, Ricardo. The Development of Teacher Education in Portuguese Goa (1841-1961) Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2009.

External links[edit]