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Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya
गुरु घासीदास विश्वविद्यालय, बिलासपुर
Guru Ghasidas University (a Central University)
Motto ज्ञान पंथ कृपान के धारा
Type Central University
Established June 16, 1983
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Anjila Gupta
Location Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India
Campus Rural
Acronym GGU
Affiliations UGC, AICTE, AIU, ACU, NAAC

Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya (गुरु घासीदास केन्द्रीय विश्वविद्यालय), is one of the Chhattisgarh's largest and oldest institution of higher education and a Central University, located in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India. Established under Central Universities Act 2009, No. 25 of 2009. Formerly known as Guru Ghasidas University (GGU), established by an Act of the State Legislative Assembly, was formally inaugurated on June 16, 1983. GGV is an active member of the Association of Indian Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities. The National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) has accredited the University as B+ . Situated in a socially and economically challenged area, the university is appropriately named to honor the great Satnami Saint Guru Ghasidas (born in the 17th century), who championed the cause of the downtrodden and waged a relentless struggle against all forms of social evils and injustice prevailing in the society. It was named after Guru Ghasidas, the founder of the Satnami movement in the region. The jurisdiction of the university is spread across the Bilaspur Revenue Division. It covers almost the entire spectrum of the higher education requirements of the local people. It has several University Teaching Department (UTDs) on its campuses.


Guru Ghasidas University boasts of a lush, green, sprawling main campus spread over an area of 700 acres (2.8 km2) five kilometres from the main Bilaspur town. River Arpa, the lifeline of Bilaspur, runs parallel to the university campus.

Path leading to the temple located inside the campus
IT-GGV, Bilaspur
University Auditorium


Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya established as 9th state university of undivided Madhya Pradesh on 16 June 1983 by an Act of the State Legislative Assembly. The university is named to honor the great Satnami Saint Guru Ghasidas (1756–1850), who championed the cause of the downtrodden and waged a relentless struggle against all forms of social evils and injustice prevailing in the society. GGU upgraded into a Central University under Central Universities Act 2009, No. 25 of 2009 with the name of Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya.


It has taken from Uttarakanda of Sri Ramchritmanas after Doha number 118 (B).
ग्यान पंथ कृपान कै धारा। परत खगेस होइ नहिं बारा॥
जो निर्बिघ्न पंथ निर्बहई। सो कैवल्य परम पद लहई॥1॥
भावार्थ:- ज्ञान का मार्ग कृपाण (दोधारी तलवार) की धार के समान है। हे पक्षीराज! इस मार्ग से गिरते देर नहीं लगती। जो इस मार्ग को निर्विघ्न निबाह ले जाता है, वही कैवल्य (मोक्ष) रूप परमपद को प्राप्त करता है॥1॥


The university is structured into the following academic divisions:

  1. Anthropology & Tribal Development
  2. Biotechnology
  3. Botany
  4. Chemistry
  5. Commerce
  6. Computer Science & IT
  7. Economics
  8. Education
  9. English
  10. Forensic Science
  11. Forestry, Wild Life & Environment Sc.
  12. Hindi
  13. History
  14. Institute of Technology
  15. Journalism & Mass Communication
  16. Law
  17. Library & Information Science
  18. Management
  19. Pharmacy
  20. Physical Education
  21. Pure & Applied Mathematics
  22. Pure & Applied Physics
  23. Political Sc. & Public Administration
  24. Rural Technology
  25. Social Work
  26. Zoology

Department of Forestry, Wildlife & Environmental Sciences[edit]

The Department of Forestry, Wildlife & Environmental Sciences was established in the year 1989. It is dedicated for promoting excellence in education and research in Forestry and allied subjects, to cater the need for trained forestry manpower in the country. The syllabi include study of all segments of forestry, wildlife and environmental sciences with a view to provide the students with innovative knowledge and skills. The Department organizes lectures by eminent persons besides workshops, seminars, symposium, and conferences in the field of forestry. Excursions to premier institutes of forestry, plantation areas, natural forest, forest nurseries and forest based industries are the regular features of the curriculum to understand the subject in a better way. The Department is actively engaged in research and extension programmes through a number of research/ developmental projects sanctioned by various Government funding agencies viz; ICFRE, MoEF, CCOST, DoLR. The Department has a good liaison with State Forest Department, forest based industries, research institutions and NGOs for the attachment of students to provide better exposure of the practical/ field operations in forestry and also to facilitate the new vistas for training and placement of students. The alumni of this Department have joined Indian Forest Services, State Forest Services, and Scientists in

  1. BSc Forestry (8 semesters/ 4 years)
  2. MSc Forestry, Wildlife & Environmental Sciences (4 semesters/ 2 years)
  3. PhD Forestry.

The core objective of these programmes is to provide a bigger catchment and platform for natural/life sciences and agriculture sciences students to choose a professional degree in forestry.


The Department has following facilities for teaching, research and extension activities:
Laboratory Equipments viz; Phase Contrast and stereo zoom microscope with image analyser;
Nitrogen analyser;
Porometer, Spectrophotometer, Automatic soil moisture meter;
Canopy analyser;
Leaf area meter;
Automatic weather monitoring station;
Windias; and Photosynthesis analyser;
State-of-art glasshouse;
Forestry nursery; Computer lab with RS & GIS facilities; Plantation sites of more than 15 acres;
Departmental library;
Forestry hostel;
Mini gym & sports goods and Camping equipments.

Research areas[edit]

The Department is engaged in conducting research in following thrust areas: Forest tree improvement and tree mutagenesis; Watershed management through RS & GIS; Environment Impact Assessment; Bioremediation and restoration of degraded lands; Nutrient dynamics in tropical forest ecosystem; Mycorrhizal and Actinomycorrhizal symbiosis; Screening, characterization and bioprospecting of natural dyes; Wood improvement through novel technologies and Wildlife ecology.

Department of Rural Technology & Social Development[edit]

The Department of Rural Technology & Social Development was established in the year 2001 with an aim to carry out teaching & research activities for overall development of rural artisans. The indigenous knowledge of the rural people has been utilized by the department for creation of need-based technologies for sustainable rural development. Presently, the department runs professional and job oriented Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degree courses related to Rural Technology approved by University Grants Commission, New Delhi. The primary motive behind running these courses, is to facilitate appropriate development of science and need-based technology for rural areas.

The department runs in its existing building with constructed area of 543 square meter and has an extension with constructed area of 869 square meter to be furnished in near future. The department has established new EDUSAT classroom and successfully organized two training programs last year jointly with Institute of Remote Sensing- Dehradun. Several advanced scientific instruments are available in the department, which have been used in research as well as in conducting project work of undergraduate and post graduate students. New Accelerated Solvent equipment (ASE 150) has been installed for innovative research in the field of medicinal plants. New remote sensing GIS software ERDAS 2011, ArcPAD, and 21st century GIS were purchased for remote sensing laboratory work and research. The Department is well versed with seven permanent faculty members having diversified academic qualifications and research experience. Many of them have experience of working at foreign research and academic institutions and well aquanted with international scientific trends. They are continuously publishing their research findings in journals of good impact factor. The department has set collaborations with several national and foreign academic and research institutions for teaching, learning, research and development. The department has furnished laboratories working on plant extraction, herbal drug formulations and their safety evaluation as well as has demonstration units for Vermicomposting, Biocomposting, Apiculture, Sericulture, Lac production and Mashroom production. Currently, two major research projects are running in the department sponsored by Chhattisgarh Council of Science and Technology, Raipur and Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi respectively. About 1500 books of national and international authors are available for students to facilitate teaching, learning and high quality research. All the advanced communication media are used by faculty members for advanced teaching. In the master's degree programme, six months project work is compulsory. The students complete their project work in reputed educational and research institutions, like Indian Institute of Remote Sensing- Dehradun; Patanjalee Vishwavidyalaya- Haridwar; Indian Institute of Integrated Medicine- Jammu; National Botanical Research Institute- Lucknow; Centre of Science for Villages- Wardha; Birla Institute of Technology- MESRA, Ranchi; Deendayal Shodh Sansthan- Chitrakut; and Centre of Bio-Genetics Research- Bhopal.

Institute of Technology[edit]

Institute of Technology

Institute of Technology, Guru Ghasidas University, shortly known as IT-GGV. It was established in 1997 with the aim to create professionally competent manpower in the field of engineering and technology. Admission is done on the basis of merit obtained by the candidate in national-level entrance exam JEE-main, conducted by CBSE, New Delhi, followed by a counselling done by CSAB. The college provides four-year undergraduate and two-year postgraduate degrees in engineering. The academic departments of this institute are:

Department of Law (School of Law) UTD[edit]

The School of Law is one of the newest departments in the University established in 2012. It develops professional skills of persons intending to make a career in advocacy, judicial service, law officer and legislative drafting. There are compulsory core subjects, language subjects, compulsory law subjects and optional law subjects.

The department has its own library, which has AIR From 1924 - 2012, AIR Manual-Civil/Criminal 2004-Vol 1-Vol 25 6th Edition, Chhattisgarh Law Judgment 2001-2010, Corporate law Advisor, Chhattisgarh state and central law times from 2004 to present, Indian bar Review, Labour and Industrial Cases from 2004 to present, M.P High court today from 2000 to present, The M.P. Law times from 1960 to present, and Supreme Court Cases from 1960 to present.

The department offers two five-year integrated programs, the BA LLB and the B.Com LLB courses. There are ten semesters, two semesters per year. Students are admitted through the VET(Vishwavidhyalaya entrance test).

The Department of Law is located inside the UTD (University teaching department) campus. The Department has following facilities for teaching, research and extension activities: Moot court room, library, and classrooms.

National Centre for Accelerator Based Research[edit]

GGV is going to establish a 3.0 MV pelletron accelerator(9SDH-4, NEC).[1][2][3] This is accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Board of Research in Nuclear Science, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India and the University, which is for setting a Special Scientific Centre in the campus with the name "National Centre for Accelerator-based Research"(in short NCAR).[4] This inter-disciplinary research facility is related to atomic energy, it would help to create skilled manpower required for nuclear plants. NCAR will be the first of its kind in entire Central India.[4] The machine have already reached from National Electrostatics Corporation, United States.[5] The process of developing necessary infrastructure is going on. NCAR organized two days national workshop on particle accelerator under the aegis of Indian Society of Particle Accelerator(ISPA) on February 18–19, 2014.[6][7]


Central Library of GGV

The Central Library of Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya comprises more than 105000 books, 3950 back volumes of journals and 1100 Ph.D. theses.[8] This library has a well Wi-Fi system along with a sufficient number computers for free access. Along with Central library, departments of GGV have their separate Departmental libraries.

Residential student halls[edit]

GGV is a NON residential institution.[9] There are only two hostels at GGV, one for boys and one for girls. Hostels have facilities as vegetarian mess, gymnesium, play grounds, reading room, TV room etc. There is Internet Facility in Hostels. They have a good academic environment for students. Faculty members of university act as wardens for supervision of them.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Dr Anil Patel: Biotechnologist at the Indian Oil Corporation research and development centre in Faridabad, B.Sci. and M.Sci. in Biotechnology from GGU and winner of Young Scientist Award, 2013 by conducted by International Forum for Industrial Bioprocesses[10]
  • Deepak Jaiswal: Trade unionist, President of the National Front of Indian Trade unions (NFITU), Chairman of the Labour cell of the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP). Jaiswal studied Social Science from Guru Ghasidas University from 1985 to 1987.
  • Ankur Tiwari: known for his inventions of the mathematical conceptualization of division by Zero and his designing of first notable set of ALU Algorithms for increasing the accuracy of supercomputers.[11]

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Coordinates: 22°07′56″N 82°08′32″E / 22.1322°N 82.1422°E / 22.1322; 82.1422