Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya

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Coordinates: 29°55′18″N 78°7′39″E / 29.92167°N 78.12750°E / 29.92167; 78.12750

Gurukul Kangri University
Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya logo.jpg
Established 1902
Type Public
Chancellor Dr. Ram Prakash
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Surendra Kumar
Location Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India
Campus Rural, Urban
Affiliations UGC
Website www.gkv.ac.in

Gurukul Kangri University or Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya ('गुरुकुल कांगड़ी विश्वविद्यालय') is a Deemed to be University located in the city of Haridwar in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Establishment[edit]

Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya was founded on March 4, 1902 by Swami Shraddhanandaji with the sole aim to revive the ancient Indian Gurukula System of education, on the bank of Ganges at a distance of about 6 km. from Hardwar and about 200 km. from Delhi. This institution was established with the objective of providing an indigenous alternative to Lord Macaulay’s education policy by imparting education in the areas of vedic literature, Indian philosophy, Indian culture, modern sciences and research.It is a deemed to be university fully funded by UGC/Govt. of India. Arya Samaj has been advocating women’s education since the day it was founded. As part of its policies for the up-liftment of women in the country, Kanya Gurukula Campus, Dehradun was established in 1922 by Acharya Ramdevji as a second campus of women’s education. To give real shape to the dreams of Swami Shraddhanandaji, Kanya Gurukula Campus, Hardwar was established in 1993.

Gurukula has witnessed many distinguished guests in its journey till date. To name a few of them are Mr.C.F. Andrews, Former Prime Minister of Britain, Mr. Remjy Mcdonald, Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr Radha Krishnan, Sh.Jamnalal Bajaj,Dr. Munje, Sadhu Vaswani,Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Smt. Indira Gandhi and Sh.Gyani Jail Singh, Sh.L.K.Advani and recently in 2011 Smt.Meira Kumar, Speaker Lok Sabha visited the vishwavidyalaya.

History[edit]

The institution was founded on March 4, 1902 by Swami Shraddhanand (1856–1926), a member of the Arya Samaj, with the aim of reviving the ancient Hindu educational system of residential schools or gurukuls imparting esoteric knowledge under the direct guidance of a guru or adept as an alternative to the Western-oriented system of Education imposed on India by Lord Macaulay. The impetus for the foundation was found in the teachings and activities of Dayananda Saraswati, founder of the Arya Samaj. the first foundation brick stone of Gurukul was lay down in Gujrawala, Pakistan, later during India Partition Swami ji start to search the suitable palace in India according the imagination of Dayananda Saraswati as mentioned in Satyaarth Prakash. The site was Kangri village, Bijnor district, was flooded when the river changed course in 1924, the new (present) campus was built subsequently.[1]

Campuses[edit]

The university has separate campuses for boys and girls.

  • Main Campus, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar (Boys only)
  • Kanya Gurukul Mahavidhyalaya, Haridwar (Girls only)
  • Kanya Gurukul Mahavidhyalaya, Dehradun (Girls only)

Faculties[edit]

The university provides education in modern sciences, technology and management, as well as covering traditional subjects such as Vedic literature, Indian philosophy and culture.

The Faculty of Life Science provide B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D degree in the following subjects

  • Botany (B.Sc./Ph.D)
  • Zoology (only in B.Sc./Ph.D)
  • Industrial Microbiology/Microbiology (B.Sc, M.Sc. and Ph.D)
  • Environmental Science (M.Sc/Ph.D)

The Faculty of Engineering and Technology provides B.Tech. degrees in the following subjects

  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering


The Faculty of Management Studies provides the following PG degree programs and now UG program (2013 onwards) also in the area of management, finance and economics -

  • Master of Business Administration (with electives in HR, Marketing, Finance, Production & IT)
  • Master of Business Finance (with electives in Investment, Banking & Insurance)
  • Master of Business Economics
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Research and Consulting facilities are also available in the department.

Achievements[edit]

(a) Deemed University Status : The distinguished services of this institution to the nation were recognized when it was given the status of Deemed to be University in 1962 by University Grants Commission.

(b) Four Star Status : National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) has awarded four star (****) status to the Vishwavidyalaya in 2002.

(c) Centenary Year : Vishwavidyalaya celebrated year 2002 as its centenary year. The Vishwavidyalaya has had phenomenal growth over the past 100 years and now offers 20 UG courses and 17 PG courses in different disciplines.Research programmes leading to the degree of Ph.D. are being run in the fields of Vedic literature, Sanskrit literature, Philosophy, Hindi, English, Psychology, Ancient Indian History Culture & Archaeology, Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Human Consciousness and Yogic Sciences, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Computer sciences and Management Studies

(d) Membership : Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya is a Registered autonomous institute. All the degrees conferred by Vishwavidyalaya are recognized by UGC and AICTE wherever required. Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya is a pride member of Association of Indian Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar ka Sau Varsh ka Itihas, by Jayadev Vedalankar. Bhartiya Vidya Prakashan, Delhi, 2002.
  • Speech at Gurukul, Hardwar (April 8, 1915). Collected Works, by Gandhi. Published by Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India, 1958. v.13. Page 46.

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