Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth

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Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth Pune
Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth (logo).jpg
MottoEducation is the birthright of each and every individual
TypePrivate Engineering School
Established1980 (1980)
AffiliationCalifornia University FCE Private
ChancellorShree Manohar Joshi
Vice-ChancellorArun Kudale
CampusPune and Mumbai

Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth (DV) is an "Educational Trust" registered under the Registration of Societies Act, 1860 and under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950. Named after the Saint Dnyaneshwar, it was founded by Dr. M. D. Apte in 1980 as Private engineering School located in Pune, India. It stopped awarding degrees in 2006 after a Court notice.[1][2]

Alike Kanpur Vidyapeeth was formed in Kanpur.[3] and RVV VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE MUMBAI[4]

Dr Vijay P. Bhatkar, an IT computer scientist, was vice chancellor until 2001 and former Mumbai University vice chancellor Snehalata Deshmukh was on the governing council.


DV used to run 33 franchises across Maharashtra and Karnataka and offered diploma and degree courses in engineering. Nearly 5,000 students enrolled every year at annual fees from Rs 22,000 to Rs 25,000[5] Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth is now an "Educational Trust" registered under the Registration of Societies Act, 1860 and under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950. Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth is an independent private sector University which was found by the Dr. M. D. Apte in the year 1980. The university is situated in Pune, Maharashtra, India. The name “Vidyapeeth” refers to the “University” in Marathi & Sanskrit languages. The university is now offering different autonomous courses .

In 2006 Dnyaneshwar Award Conferred to Hon. Mr. Nanaji Deshmukh on 1 June. Manohar Joshi took over the chancellorship after the death of Dr. M. D. Apte.[6] Since 2007, Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth Trust has abolished the post of Chancellor.[7]

Support for the institution[edit]

Politicians who are solely connected to the Vidyapeeth has supported it. Mr. Padmabhooshan Mohan Dharia, Ex - Central Cabinet Minister & Ex - Chairman, 8th Planning commission of India Government, the Chairman of the 8th planning commission too, was in favor of the private open university concept and he specifically mentioned to this effect in his report. An excerpt of the same is presented below. With measures to curb commercialization, AICTE should also encourage innovative institutional initiatives such as the Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth, in Pune. Established in 1980 as an Open University for Technical Education, it has not been recognized by University system or AICTE so far but the contents of its courses, their flexibility, openness to modern developments, the favorable response from industry, the system of final year work experience, very low costs, its use of existing buildings and faculty, its system of selection of students, its rapport with parents are features which elicit admiration and suggest the study of this experiment that deserves to be examined for expanding them on a larger scale in our effort to improve Technical Education system. AICTE norms should be suitably flexible to accommodate such innovative and cost effective experiments and initiatives.[8] —Mr. Padmabhooshan Mohan Dharia, Ex - Central Cabinet Minister & Ex - Chairman, 8th Planning commission of India Government

California University FCE describes itself as issuing equivalency degree awards.[9] In 2010 an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education stated that it had been removed from a directory run by the U.S. Department of Educations, and that it "charges $100 for a service called "diploma equivalency." The certificates it issues look very much like real college diplomas."[10]

Approval from AICTE and UGC is still pending.[11]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde holds degree from unrecognised university". DNA. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  3. ^ http://kanpurvidyapeeth.net.in/about_title.php?aid=1
  4. ^ http://www.rvv.ac.in/
  5. ^ http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/tawdes-alma-mater-and-degrees-that-arent/
  6. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Joshi-chancellor-of-educational-institute/articleshow/45408704.cms
  7. ^ "Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth Trust has abolished the post of Chancellor". The Indian Express. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  8. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Vidyapeeth-gives-them-a-Teachers-Day-out/articleshow/840301.cms?
  9. ^ California University FCE. California University FCE http://www.cufce.org/degreeauthorization.htm. Retrieved 10 October 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Bartlett, Thomas (16 March 2010). "Education Department's Online Resource Directory Listed Some Dubious Endeavors". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.aicte-india.org/downloads/newpgdm.pdf