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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 University (Banasthali Vidyapith Hindi: वनस्थली विद्यापीठ) 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.
Banasthali Vidyapith is a fully residential university that offers an integrated system extending from the primary to the Ph.D. level. It is the largest residential university for women in the world, a pride of India, and a true nation builder.
Banasthali Vidyapith was founded on October 6, 1935 by eminent freedom fighters and educationists, Pt. Hiralal Shastri and Smt. Ratan Shastri. The institution is known for its dedication to the cause of women education and 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 Vidyapith has improved its infrastructure vastly. Much of this was made possible by generous support of the Vidyapith’s well-wishers. State Bank of India, Mahindra and Mahindra, Bajaj Foundation, ICICI Bank, Kanoria Group, Bank of Nova Scotia, Artech-Dalmia etc. have provided generous philanthropy under corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Banasthali Vidyapith is the first University in India that has started 'Centre for Financial Planning Training and Research for Women' and has started receiving CSR grants from corporate to support financial literacy for women through free workshops, e-learning modules and knowledge creation through research papers, course inclusion in MBA/BBA and doctoral research in financial planning.
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
- AIM & ACT
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Fine Arts
- Faculty of Home Science
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Management Studies
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Social Science
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.'
Dr. Swati Shastri, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Indian Culture received two international awards in 2016 : Journalist Bimalendhu Barua International Peace Prize from the Nirvana Peace Foundation, Bangladesh and International Enviro Care Ambassador Award from World Fellowship of Buddhist Standing Committee on Environment, Thailand and one international award in 2017 : Global Creative Mind Award from MIIBS and WABL, Thailand.
A rigorous All India Universities’ Survey by AC Nielsen-India Today in 2012 ranked Vidyapith at Ist position (Factual Rank). If aspects like exclusive dedication to women education, fully residential character, rural surrounding amidst its campus of 850 acres, range of courses from Nursery to Ph.D., national representation of students, focus on Indian ethos & culture are considered in totality, than there is no institution like Banasthali Vidyapith. Banasthali Vidyapith has been registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act 1860.
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