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|Motto||University for Women: University with a Difference|
|Location||Tonk, Rajasthan, India
|Campus||Rural, more than 850 acres (3.4 km2)|
|Pro - Vice Chancellor||Ina Shastri|
Banasthali Vidyapith (Banasthali University) is a women's university in the Tonk district in Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a deemed university offering programs at school, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level. The university is fully residential.
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Banasthali Vidyapith was founded on October 6, 1935 by freedom fighters and educationists Hiralal Shastri and Ratan Shastri. The institution was declared as an institution 'deemed to be university' in 1983. While NAAC has re-accredited Banasthali Vidyapith at the highest possible ‘Grade A’ level in 2011, the Review Committee (Tandon Committee) of Ministry of HRD also appreciated the overall efforts of Vidyapith in the areas of Institutional Governance, Academic Achievements, Research, Student Progression, Infrastructure etc. and categorized Banasthali Vidyapith under ‘Category A’ list of ‘Institutions deemed to be university’ in 2010.
The Vidyapith has had virtual autonomy for its school programmes since the beginning and was affiliated to an outside agency for its university programmes in 1983. In 1983 the government of India, on the advice of the University Grants Commission, notified the Vidyapith as an institution deemed to be university.
After attaining university status, The Vidyapith restructured its undergraduate programme. At the postgraduate level, it introduced courses in Computer Science, Operational Research, Electronics and Biotechnology. Teacher Education and Management have been started. New courses include M.Sc. (Bio-Informatics), M.Sc. (Pharmaceutical Chemistry) and M.Sc. (Applied Microbiology).
Along with professional programmes such as MBA and MCA, all postgraduate courses in the Faculty of Science have a semester system. From 2004 all Social Science, Humanities and Home Science Post-graduate programmes have been run as semester courses.
The main statutory bodies of Banasthali Vidyapith are:
- General Council
- Executive Council
- Finance Council
- Academic Council
- Pro Vice-Chancellor
- Deans, including Deans/Heads of the Centres of Higher Education
- Co-ordinator, School Education
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accredited Banasthali University with ‘A’ grade – the highest possible grade. The Ministry of HRD has listed the university under the top 'MHRD A Category.'....
Atal Incubation Center
Banasthali Vidyapith has partnered with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog to establish first of its kind all women Atal Incubation Centre. The not for profit Incubation Centre will nurture women in transforming their ideas into scalable and sustainable enterprises.
The AICs with its world class incubation facilities, suitable physical infrastructure in terms of equipment and operating facilities, coupled with the availability of sectoral experts for mentoring the start-ups, business planning support, industry partners, training and other relevant components required for encouraging innovative start-ups.
- Kamla Beniwal, governor of Gujarat
- Meira Kumar, speaker of Loksabha
- Avani Chaturvedi, one of India's first women fighter
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