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Bangalore University
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ
Motto Jnaanam, Vignana Sahitam
Type Public
Established July 1964
Chancellor Vajubhai Vala
(Governor of Karnataka)
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jagadeesh Prakash
(In-Charge from 6 Feburary 2017-Present)
Undergraduates 350000
Postgraduates 60000
Location Jnana Bharathi (JB) Campus, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
12°56′19.59″N 77°30′11.45″E / 12.9387750°N 77.5031806°E / 12.9387750; 77.5031806Coordinates: 12°56′19.59″N 77°30′11.45″E / 12.9387750°N 77.5031806°E / 12.9387750; 77.5031806
Campus Urban
1,100 acres
Nickname BU or BUB
Affiliations UGC

Bangalore University, or BU, is a public state university is located in the Garden City of Bengaluru in the state of Karnataka, India aptly hailed as the “I.T. Capital of India”, was established in July 1964 as an off shoot of the University of Mysore, primarily to include institutions of higher learning located in the metropolitan city of Bangalore and the districts of Bangalore, Kolar and Tumkur, which eventually became a separate university. Initially, the two premier colleges of the city, the Central College (CC) and the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) formed the nucleus of Bangalore University. The university is a part of The Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and affiliated by University Grants Commission (UGC). Bangalore University is accredited by NAAC under the new grading system with a grade A in 2016.[1]


Bangalore University is the largest university in South-Asia. It has two campuses:

  • City Campus: Central College,
  • Jnana Bharathi (JB) Campus.

The National Law School of India University is located within the Jnana Bharathi (JB) Campus.


The former Vice-Chancellor was Dr. Prabhu Dev. He resigned in 13 October 2012 to accept the Karnataka government's offer of chairmanship of the Karnataka Health System Commission.[2] Dr Prabhu Dev's term was to end in February 2013. His predecessor H A Ranganath, too, resigned in 2008 to assume charge as Director of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. B Thimme Gowda, professor in Chemistry, Mangalore University has been appointed as the new vice-chancellor who got retired on 6 February 2017. The present Vice-Chancellor is Dr. Jagadeesh Prakash, who was incharge of Bangalore University's VC position till the appointment of new Vice-Chancellor. The present Registrar (Administration) is Prof. Dr. K.N. Ningegowda and the present Registrar (Evaluation) is Prof. Dr. M. Shankar Reddy.

With more than 650 affiliated colleges, the Karnataka government has decided to bifurcate, or 'carve out a new university' to ease of management. To this effect, the state government had appointed two study groups. One group was headed by former Gulbarga University Vice-Chancellor N Rudraiah and another was a group formed by the Karnataka State Higher Education Council.[3] The Rudraiah study suggested trifurcation of the university, while the Council suggested bifurcation.

However, the state government has decided to go ahead with trifurcation to create a North Bengaluru University (Chikkaballapur), South Bengaluru University (JB Campus), and Central Bengaluru University(Central college Campus).


School of Engineering

In 2001, the university was accredited by NAAC and received Five Star Status. The university then once again reaccredited under the new grading system with a grade A. However, this expired in 2013 and Bangalore University have not renewed their accreditation since.[4]

Sir C.V.Raman, Nobel Laureate physicist, was associated with the university while working at the Indian Institute of Science. He had announced his Nobel winning work at the university premises based in Central College, Bangalore in 1927. He was awarded the Nobel prize in 1930.

Professor Leonid Hurwicz who served Bangalore University as a Professor in Economics won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2007. Professor Hurwicz served as a Professor of Economics at Bangalore University from 1965-1968. During his Fulbright year, he taught classes at Bangalore University.

In a first, the university in 2010 announced admissions for transgender people by reserving one seat in each PG course.[5] Now, the University's admission forms feature a third category of gender, namely 'Others'.[6][7]


A bio-park has been constructed and in the process, the students have acquired experience in land management for social forestry. The university, for the first time in the country, constructed an NSS Bhavan to promote such activities. Faculties of the Civil Engineering, Geology, Geography, Mathematics, Zoology, Botany and Microbiology have been involved in making Bio-park a reality. Rain water harvesting and ground water recharging are a part of Bio park as also aqua culture and ornithology.

The library of the university is located in the JB Campus and City Campus. The JB campus Library has a floor area of about 6500 square metres and has a collection of 325,000 volumes. It subscribes to 250 national and international journals and magazines (110 national journals, 62 international journals, 68 magazines).

Prasaranga is the publication unit of the university and is located at J.B. Campus. It publishes text books, university journals and periodicals. In the last 30 years it has published 800 textbooks and reference books in English as well as articles and Monographs in Kannada. The students of the communication department bring out a news journal. The activities are supported by the printing press of the university.

An inter-library exchange facility is available between the university and the libraries of other institutions located at Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore etc. The library has been computerized since 1992. The library provides reprographic facility, computers, audio, video cassette, internet and INFLIBNET Programme E and inter university loan facilities.

There is a Health Care Centre at J.B. Campus which is manned by two resident doctors; services of visiting specialized doctors are available.

At J.B. Campus there is a gymnasium with facilities for indoor games, basketball Courts, Kho Kho ground and swimming pool. At the Central College campus a cricket stadium consisting of turf wicket, basketball court, volleyball court and lawn tennis is available to students. Every year around 45 inter-collegiate sports competitions are held for men and women section. Nearly 100,000 students from 398 affiliated colleges participate in these sports events.

For inter university tournaments, committees of experts select the Bangalore University teams. The students are given incentives through scholarships, fellowships and fee concessions. They are also provided with placement assistance on the completion of their programmes. B.P.Ed. and M.P.Ed. students get stipend. Sportsmen of the University have competed at the State, Regional, National and International tournament.

The University Science Instrumentation Centre located at Sneha Bhavan at the J.B. campus looks after the maintenance and servicing of the instruments of the user departments in the University. USIC also conducts refresher courses for college teachers and training for interested students.

There are welfare programmes initiated by the institutes like subsidized transport facility for the university staff and students, subsidized canteen facility, free medical aid and reimbursement of medical expenses including on hospitalization, loan facilities from GPF. The university stands guarantee for house building loans sanctioned by the HDFC and also all other nationalized banks and co-operative societies.

There are seven hostels on the J.B. Campus and three on the City campus. There are two men’s hostels at Tumkur and Kolar and one Ladies hostels at Kolar. Hostel canteens are managed by student prefects.

In the City Campus a Grievance Cell is attached to the Examination Wing of the University. Through the university's web-site redressal of grievance and clarification of queries pertaining to examinations, can be obtained.

The Bio-Park is a novel idea proposed on the 600 acres (2.4 km2) of land in the J.B.Campus. Rain Water harvesting and Watershed Management are initiated by the university on the J.B.Campus. The university has also a Robotics and cyber centre, a Yoga centre, and a Gandhian Studies centre.


The university is structured into six faculties- Arts, Science, Commerce & Management, Education, Law and Engineering. It has 43 Post Graduate Departments, a Postgraduate Centre at Kolar, (Started during 1994-95), three constituent colleges, 665 affiliated colleges (of which 115 have PG Courses) and several other Centres and Directorates of higher learning and research under its purview. At present, the university offers 50 Post Graduate Courses and Employment Oriented Diploma and Certificate Courses. The university has launched the five-year Integrated Courses in Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Business Studies and four-year B.S. programme.[8]

Faculty of Science[edit]

Department of Physics[edit]

The Department one of the oldest in the Central College, has been in existence from 1882 when Mr. J. Cook who served as the Principal of the College was Professor of Physics. E.P. Metcalfe, student of J.J. Thomson, who was a Professor here from 1908, was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the Mysore University in 1929. His work with B. Venkatesachar appeared in the Proceedings of Royal Society and a School of Spectroscopic Research was established. It was in what is now called as the Raman Hall in the Central College where C.V. Raman gave the first detailed exposition of the Raman Effect on the 16th March 1928.
A. Venkatarao Telang, head of the Department from 1937 working then in Atmospheric Electricity, collaborated with the International Polar Year Committee of 1932-33, and started the wireless section. During the war, the Posts and Telegraphs office, Government of India approached this section for the design and testing of power transmitter chokes. The work which was completed within 3 months earned great appreciation. During the time of S. Ramachandra Rao and S. B. Bondade the Department saw phenomenal growth in the student’s strength in the Honors and M.Sc. programmes. In later years research initiatives in Nuclear Physics were boosted by the efforts of N.G Puttaswamy through UGC and CSIR grants.
The Department was one of the few in the country then to offer a specialization in Astrophysics after research in this area was initiated in 1990 through the efforts of B.C. Chandrashekar and M.N. Anandaram. In 1989 the Department was shifted to Jnana Bharathi Campus. As on today, The Department has active teaching and research programmes with a faculty strength of 15. ISRO has instituted the Sir M. Visveswaraya Chair in the Department and actively supports research and pedagogy in Atmospheric and Space Science. Research activities of the Department include X-ray Crystallography, NMR / ESR / NQR of solids, Astrophysics research in stellar structure and active galactic nuclei, Glass science, Nuclear Physics and Radiation Physics, Nanophosphor materials, Radiation damage studies in semiconductors, Swift heavy ion interaction with matter, Thin films, Mössbauer spectroscopy of certain magnetic materials, Soft and Biological matter, Ion trap spectroscopy and research in Physics education The faculty has collaborations with national research institutions like IISc, ISRO, RRI, IIA, IUAC, IUCAA, IGCAR, UGC-DAE-CSR, apart from international collaborations with individual faculty.The faculty research is also supported through individual projects from UGC, BRNS-DAE. ISRO and DST. The Department has recently been awarded funding under DST-FIST (Phase-1).

The present chairperson of the department is (Prof) Dr. N. Nagaiah (M.Sc.,Ph.D).

Field Of Research

  • Advanced Materials
  • Astrophysics and Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Physics and Space Science
  • Nuclear and Radiation physics
  • Physics Education Research
  • Quantum Information
  • Soft and Living Matter
  • Solid State Spectroscopy


The Bangalore University Library has two wings, one in the Central College Campus which came into existence in 1858, and one at Jnana Bharathi Campus in 1966 with about 35,000 books.

Bangalore University has evolved a project called BALNET (Bangalore University Library Network program). The project has connected all the libraries in the university within the campus and in the affiliated colleges libraries within the digitalised system.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Affiliated colleges[edit]

Bangalore University lists 70 government colleges,[9] 52 aided colleges[10] and 11 unaided colleges.[11] Notable affiliated colleges include:

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