Mahatma Gandhi University
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|Mahatma Gandhi University|
Emblem of Mahatma Gandhi University
|Motto||विद्यया अमृतमश्नुते (Sanskrit)
|Motto in English||Knowledge makes one immortal|
|Chancellor||Governor of Kerala|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr. A.V. George|
|Location||Kottayam, KL, IN|
Mahatma Gandhi University, also known as M G University, was established on 2 October 1983 in Kottayam. Mahatma Gandhi University (formerly Gandhiji University), has been accredited (B+) by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, India. The university has 223 affiliated colleges spread over five districts in central Kerala.
The University Grants Commission of India does not believe that the names of Indian universities should be unique, so another UGC-recognized government-run Mahatma Gandhi University was established in 2007 in Andhra Pradesh and was not challenged by the older Mahatma Gandhi University. Similarly another university named Mahatma Gandhi University (MGU-Meghalaya) was also established through Meghalaya State legislative Act, 2010 in Meghalaya and through Uttarakhand State legislative act, 2007 in Uttarakhand.
University offers academic programmes in the fields of Gandhian Thought, International Relations and Politics, Technology, Physics, Nano Science, Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Sciences, Special Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, Rehabilitation Psychology, Behavioural Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Nursing, Tourism, Journalism, Chemical Sciences including Polymer Chemistry, Nursing, Hospital Administration, Environmental Sciences and Disaster Management among others.
Dr. A.V. George is the current vice chancellor. The Pro Vice Chancellor is Dr.Sheena Shukkur (Former faculty member of the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal). Prof. M.R. Unni is the registrar. Dr. Thomas John Mampra holds the charge of Controller of Examinations. Abraham J.Puthumana acts as the Finance Officer. Prof. P.P. Ravindran holds the charge of DCDC and G. Sreekumar is the Public Relations Officer of the University and also holds the charge of Press Secretary to Vice Chancellor.
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 one should take 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. The travel time is around 40 minutes, and the ticket costs Rs.10.00. Autorickshas ply the distance for about Rs.200.
Mahatma Gandhi University has made its presence outside its territorial jurisdiction through the 72 off campus centres — 55 centres within Kerala, 9 outside Kerala and at 8 global locations.
Schools and Departments
- Department of Life-Long Learning & Extension
- School of Behavioral Science
- School of Bio Science
- School of Chemical Science
- School of Computer Sciences
- School of Distance Education
- School of Environmental Science
- School of Food & Nutrition 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 Urban & Rural Development
- School of Management & Business Studies
- School of Social Science
- School of Tourism Studies
- Department of Student Services (Deals with students' welfare activities)
Centre for Advanced Research in Library and Information Sciences (CARLIS)
CARLIS was established in 2010 for interdisciplinary research in areas that constitute the discipline. Instead of dealing with traditional methods and automation of the existing systems and procedures most of which have become irrelevant in the context of explosive changes introduced by ICT as done by most of the library science schools in India CARLIS is intended to concentrate on technologies that can transfer existing knowledge from traditional media to future proof digital media for the networked society, as well as extension of access to it in an equitable way which has become essential to keep research in the field technologically viable and relevant to society. CARLIS covers two main areas; Library Science and Information Science along with their applications using technologies developed in allied areas. CARLIS started Offering PhD programmes in 2010 and the areas of research are content management, digital archiving, multimedia resources, information administration, information economics, information infrastructures, IPR issues, knowledge warehousing, language technologies, Open Access protocols, resource sharing networks etc. As per its approved plan it is envisaged as a national centre and will have initially an Advisory Council with experts from India and abroad, an Honorary Director, experts from different areas in knowledge management as faculty. The research by the team associated to CARLIS has developed the Digital Library package with search mechanisms for Indian scripts used in Gandhi University On line Theses Library the first official Open Access Archive of PhD theses from Indian universities.
The university enrolls 1,500,000 students on an average every year around the world to 210 courses in graduate, post graduate and M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes.
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- Jancy James, Dr and Raman Nair, R. and Sreekumar, G. Doctoral Research at Mahatma Gandhi University 1983-2008: a Bibliometric Analysis. University News, 2008, vol. 46, n. 51, retrieved 20 July 2013
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