University of Mumbai

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University of Mumbai
मुंबई विद्यापीठ
Motto Sanskrit: शीलवृतफला विद्या
Motto in English
"The Fruit of Learning is Good Character and Righteous Conduct"
Type Public
Established 18 July 1857; 159 years ago (1857-07-18)
Chancellor C. Vidyasagar Rao
Vice-Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh (July 2015 – present)
Dean Suresh Ukarande
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Campus Urban
Founder John Wilson
Affiliations UGC, NAAC, AIU

The University of Mumbai is one of the first three state universities of India and the oldest[1] in Maharashtra. It is abbreviated as MU for Mumbai University.

The University of Mumbai offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral courses apart from diplomas and certificates in many disciplines. The language of instruction for most courses is English. Several private colleges in and around Mumbai are affiliated to MU. University of Mumbai has three different campuses across Mumbai and one outside of Mumbai. In Mumbai the three campuses are Kalina Campus, Thane Sub Campus and Fort Campus. The campus located in Fort carries out administrative work only. The Campuses at Kalina and Thane undertake academic courses. Several institutes in Mumbai previously affiliated to the university are now autonomous institutes or deemed universities. The University of Mumbai is one of the largest universities in the world in terms of the number of students. In 2011, the total number of enrolled students was 549,432.[1] It has 711 affiliated colleges.[2]


University's administration building with the Bombay Stock Exchange in the background

The University of Mumbai was established in 1857 after a petition from the Bombay Association to the then British government of India[3] according to "Wood's despatch", drafted by Sir Charles Wood in 1854. It was modelled on the universities in Great Britain, specifically University of London.[3]:188

The earliest departments were the faculty of arts at Elphinstone College, founded in 1835, and the faculty of medicine at Grant Medical College, founded in 1845.[3] As these colleges existed before the university was founded, they surrendered their degree-granting privileges to the university. The first degrees awarded in 1862 were Bachelor of Arts and Licentiate in Medicine.[3]

Initially, the Town Hall in Mumbai was used as premised for the university's offices.

Until 1904, the university only conducted examinations, awarded affiliations to colleges, developed curricula and directed guidelines to colleges for developing curricula.[3] Teaching departments, research disciplines and post-graduate courses were introduced from 1904. Several university departments were established. After India achieved independence in 1947, the functions and powers of the university were sought to be reorganised, for which The Bombay University Act of 1953 was passed.[citation needed] The name of the University was changed from University of Bombay to University of Mumbai as per a gazette of the Government of Maharashtra dated 4 September 1996.[citation needed]

In 1949, student enrolment was 42,272 with 80 affiliated colleges. By 1975, these numbers had grown to 156,190 and 114 respectively.[3]


Completed Rajabai Tower and University Hall, circa 1905.
Thane Campus Complex
Wilson College (20th century)
Elphinstone College taken in the late 19th century
St. Xavier's College, Mumbai

The University has three campuses in Mumbai. The Kalina campus, located in suburban Mumbai, spans an area of 93 hectares (230 acres), the Thane Campus spans an area of 6 acre and has a 2 storey complex, while the Fort campus comprises 5.3 ha (13 acres). It has 116,000 square metres (1.25 million square feet) of built-up area, 2,000 m2 (22,000 sq ft) of classrooms, and 7,800 m2 (84,000 sq ft) of laboratory space. It has two post-graduate centres, 354 affiliated colleges, and 36 departments.[when?]

Kalina Campus[edit]

The Kalina campus has on-campus graduate training and research centres. Several departments offering courses in the streams of science, technology, commerce, and humanities are located here. However, most colleges of engineering and medicine affiliated to the University of Mumbai are privately owned. The university does not have its own engineering and medicine departments.

An indicative list of centres and institutes located in the Kalina Campus:

  • Examination House, also known as Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Bhavan. It houses the office of the Controller of Examinations. Centralised assessment of answer books for various departments are carried out in a separate four-storey annex. Examination processes were made more efficient by the introduction of online delivery of question papers for examinations, and assessment of answer books by scanning and deployment at remote examination centres. The academic depository of the university was started in collaboration with CDSL in 2015. The university is the first university in the country to start an academic depository. [2]
  • National Center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology: a research facility
  • Department of Biophysics: the only department of biophysics in western India.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Library
  • Garware Institute of Career Education and Development: offers courses including one in medical transcription and management courses such as agriculture business management, pharma management and tourism management.
  • MUST (मस्त) FM, the campus radio station of the university operating at 107.8 MHz frequency modulation[third-party source needed].
  • Alkesh Dinesh Mody Numismatic Museum: displays currency from around the world belonging to many periods.
  • Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute for Financial and Management Studies (ADMI): offers BMS, MFSM and MMS programmes.[4][third-party source needed]
  • Department of Extra Mural Studies: conducts weekend courses in many disciples including astronomy, astrophysics, plant and animal taxonomy, hobby robotics, and hobby electronics.
  • The Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL): offers distance learning courses in humanities, sciences, commerce, computer science, and information technology.
  • Western Regional Instrumentation Centre (WRIC): a research and training facility for instrumentation engineering and science.
  • Centre for African Studies
  • Centre for Eurasian Studies
  • A rose garden where more than a hundred varieties of rose have been cultivated.
  • Marathi Bhasha Bhavan Centre for learning the Marathi language conducts academic activities and cultural activities associated with the language.

Thane Campus[edit]

Thane Campus was established in 2014 and houses administrative offices, School of Law, University of Mumbai and also undertakes management courses. The building is a modern complex.

Fort Campus[edit]

The University of Bombay was established in 1857 at the Fort campus, which is located near the southern end of Mumbai. It houses the administrative division of the university. It is built in the Gothic style of architecture. The Rajabai clock tower stands in the lawns of the campus.

Rajabai Clock Tower[edit]

One of Mumbai's landmarks, the Rajabai Clock Tower houses the university library. Based on plans by British architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and completed in the 1870s, it was modelled on the Big Ben clock tower in London.[5] Businessman Premchand Roychand contributed monetarily to the construction of the tower. It was named in memory of his mother Rajabai. It is 85 metres (280 feet) tall, with five storeys. At a height of 9.1 m (30 ft) from the ground, there are eight statues representing the Indian castes. The tower clock is reported to have played 16 tunes including Rule, Britannia. Over a period of 135 years no work to clean up the masonry, or repair the wear and tear took place.[citation needed] With the initiative of the then Vice-Chancellor Dr. Rajan Welukar the first phase of restoration of Rajabai Clock Tower started in 2013 and was completed in May 2015. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) gave a Rs 4 crore grant for this phase of the restoration project.[6]

Ratnagiri Campus[edit]

A minor campus running mostly extramural courses is located in the town of Ratnagiri.

Prominent institutes[edit]

Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute Mumbai

Several departments of the University of Mumbai are at places other than the Kalina,Thane or Fort campuses. These include the departments of Medicine and Medical Research located in several prominent hospitals in Mumbai, such as the Tata Memorial Hospital, Bombay Hospital and G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital and formerly included the Institute of Chemical Technology, then known as the UDCT, which later became a deemed university.[7] and Tata Memorial Hospital, which is now affiliated to the Homi Bhabha National Institute.

Similarly, as per the information available on the website of the Directorate of Technical Education of Maharashtra, Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute was the first Engineering Institute under the University of Mumbai (1887)[8] and Thadomal Shahani Engineering College was the first Engineering college in the University of Mumbai to start courses in Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Electronics Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.[9]

Under the Department of Law, School of Law, University of Mumbai, Government Law College, Mumbai remains the most prominent institute since the university's inception.

The Institute of Chemical Technology was ranked 4th in the world for research in Chemical Engineering by professor Jude Sommerfeld of Georgia Institute of Technology, United States in 2014 for a 5-year period.[10] It was a university department until it was conferred the deemed university status.

The Department of Management Studies of the University of Mumbai i.e. the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies is consistently ranked among the top 10 management institutes of India and was established in the year 1965 in collaboration with Stanford Graduate School of Business of Stanford University.[11]


Jawaharlal Nehru Library[edit]

The library
Central Hall

Jawaharlal Nehru Library (JNL) is the central library, located in the campus at Kalina.

The technology and applied research journals and books of the University of Mumbai are kept at other libraries including those at Institute of Chemical Technology, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, and Tata Memorial Hospital.

Faculties and departments[edit]

University of Mumbai has several hundred affiliated colleges offering undergraduate and post-graduate education, and conducting research, in areas of science, commerce, arts, engineering, management, law, etc. Each college has its own campus and specialized departments/centres.

The university itself also has some centres, institutes and departments in its faculties, on its campuses in Fort along with Institute of Distance and Open Learning at Kalina.

Areas of education and research are summarized in the table below:

Faculty Departments / Centres / Institutes
  • Department of Lifelong Learning and Extension
  • Center for Disaster Management
  • Comparative Literature
  • Classics
  • Education
  • Fine Arts
  • Film & Media Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Language, Linguistics and Literature
  • Management Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Social & Cultural Analysis
Social Science
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Applied Psychology
  • Department of African Studies
  • Department of Bioethics
  • Department of Creative Writing
  • Department of Communication and Journalism:-
  • Department of Civics & Politics
  • Department of Demography
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Eurasian Studies
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of History
  • Department of Sociology
  • Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute of Investment studies
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Business Administration (International Business, HRM)
Engineering / Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Department of Physical Education and Sports Pavilion
Institutes & Centers[18]
  • Academy for Administrative Careers
  • Center for Cultural Studies
  • Center for Development Studies
  • Centre for Extramural Studies
  • Center for Healthcare Management
  • Center for Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Department of Student Welfare (Vidyapeeth Vidyarthi Bhavan)
  • Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belongings ("CoHaB")
  • Dr Ambedkar Centre for Social Justice
  • Film and Media Academy
  • Garware Institute of Career Education and Development
  • Gurudev Tagore Chair of Computer Literature
  • Indo-Canadian Studies Centre
  • Institute of Modern Language
  • Institute of Science (managed by the state Government of Maharashtra)
  • Institute of Social and Economic Research
  • UGC Academic Staff College
  • Western Regional Instrumentation Centre


Notable alumni[edit]

Muhammad Ali Jinnah (left), the Father of the Nation Founder of Pakistan and Mahatma Gandhi (right), the Father of the Nation of India, are the most notable alumni of the University of Mumbai.

Politics and public life[edit]




Beauty Pageant Winners[edit]







Partner universities[edit]

Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed with University of Amsterdam, University of Bath, Liverpool Hope University, Ryerson University, IESEG School of Management, Kühne Logistics University, Tianjin University of Technology and Nankai University in China as well as Edith Cowan University in Australia.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mumbai University records 60% rise in students" : DNA – Daily News and Analysis newspaper article, Monday, 21 March 2011.
  2. ^ With 811 colleges, Pune varsity 2nd largest in country The Times of India newspaper article : 4 November 2013
  3. ^ a b c d e f Aroon Tikekar (2006). The Cloister's Pale: A Biography of the University of Mumbai (2nd ed.). Mumbai: Popular Prakashan. ISBN 81-7991-293-0. 
  4. ^ "Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute". Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rajabai Tower Mumbai: Tourist Attractions in Mumbai". Mumbailocal.Net. 
  6. ^ "Mumbai's iconic Rajabai Clock Tower reopens after renovation". 
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  11. ^ Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies
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  20. ^ "Dr. mohammad ali Reza Khan". The Daily Star. Dhaka. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  21. ^ Capt. Samarth Singh unveils SailHybrid to the Times of Texas
  22. ^ Spain India Council Foundation future Indian leaders
  23. ^ An Interview with Capt.Samarth Singh
  24. ^ "'Indian students should consider studying in China'". Hindustan Times. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 

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