Savitribai Phule Pune University

Coordinates: 18°33′08″N 73°49′29″E / 18.5523°N 73.8246°E / 18.5523; 73.8246
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Savitribai Phule Pune University
Former names
  • University of Poona
  • University of Pune
MottoYaḥ kriyāvān saḥ paṇḍitaḥ (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Where Actions Prove Knowledge[1]
TypePublic research university
Established10 February 1949; 75 years ago (1949-02-10)
Budget593.53 crore (US$74 million)
ChancellorGovernor of Maharashtra
Vice-ChancellorProf.(Dr.) Suresh Gosavi
Address, , ,
18°33′08″N 73°49′29″E / 18.5523°N 73.8246°E / 18.5523; 73.8246
Colors  Dark cyan
Building details
Main building of Pune University

Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), formerly the University of Pune, is a public state university located in the city of Pune, India. It was established in 1949, and is spread over a 411 acres (1.66 km2) campus in the neighbourhood of Ganeshkhind.[5] The university houses 46 academic departments. It has about 307 recognized research institutes and 612 affiliated colleges offering graduate and under-graduate courses. Savitribai Phule Pune University Ranked 12th NIRF Ranking in 2022[6][7]


The University of Pune was established on 10 February 1949 under the Pune University Act passed by the Bombay legislature in 1948.[8] M. R. Jayakar became its first vice-chancellor. Its first office was started from the Nizam Guest House, which is part of Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute on Law College Road. The university was operated at Nizam Guest House until 1 June 1949. Its current building was originally called the Governor House. As its name suggests, it was the seasonal retreat of the governor of Bombay.[9][10] B. G. Kher, Chief Minister and Education Minister of the government of Bombay, helped ensure the university received a large allocation of land for their campus. The university was allocated over 411 acres (1.66 km2).[8]

The institution's name was changed from the University of Pune to Savitribai Phule Pune University on 9 August 2014 in honor of Savitribai Phule, the 19th century Indian social reformer who played an important role in improving the lives of women and the Dalit communities in Maharashtra during British colonial rule. She and her husband Mahatma Jyotiba Phule founded India's first native-run school for girls in 1848.[11]

Organisation and administration[edit]

Entrance to the main building



Initially the university had a jurisdiction extending over 12 districts of western Maharashtra. With the establishment of Shivaji University in Kolhapur in 1962, the jurisdiction was restricted to five districts: Pune, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Dhule, and Jalgaon. Out of these, two districts—Dhule and Jalgaon—are attached to the North Maharashtra University in Jalgaon established in August 1990.[8]


Past and present vice-chancellors of the university are:[12]

No Year Name
1 1948–56 Mukund Ramrao Jayakar
2 1956–1959 R. P. Paranjpye
3 1959–1961 Dattatreya Gopal Karve
4 1961–1964 Datto Vaman Potdar
5 1964–1966 Narahar Vishnu Gadgil
6 1966–1967 Dhananjay Ramchandra Gadgil
7 1967–1970 Hari Vinayak Pataskar
8 1970–1972 B. P. Apte
9 1972–1975 G. S. Mahajan
10 1975–1978 Devdatta Dabholkar
11 1978–1984 Ram G. Takwale
12 1984–1988 V. G. Bhide
13 1988–1995 S. C. Gupta
14 1995–1998 Vasant Gowarikar
15 1998–2000 Arun Nigavekar
16 2000–2001 N. J. Sonawane
17 2001–2006 Ashok S. Kolaskar
18 2006–2006 Ratnakar Gaikwad
19 2006–2009 Narendra Jadhav
20 2009–2010 Dr. Arun Adsool
21 2010–2011 Sanjay Chahande
22 2012–2017 Wasudeo Gade
21 2017-2022 Nitin R. Karmalkar
22 2022–2023 Karbhari V. Kale
23 2023- present Prof.(Dr.) Suresh Gosavi


Administrative Building

The university has various departments and centres, offering courses in science, social science, management, law, etc.[13]

  • The Engineering department offers courses in various fields, including Computer Science Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Robotics and Automation, Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering, and many more.[14]
  • Unipune introduces a bachelor's degree course in Environment Science. The course started from the academic year of 2018–2019.[15]
  • The Department of Foreign Languages was started in Ranade institute building in 1949. It offers courses for German, French, Russian, Japanese and Spanish languages from elementary level to post graduation courses. Batches are conducted in morning as well as in evening. Over 1500 students are enrolled every year.[16]
  • Competition Exam Center (CEC): is for coaching programs for various government competition exams.[17]
  • Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre.[18]


University rankings
General – international
QS (World) (2021)[19]651-700
QS (Asia) (2020)[20]191
Times (World) (2020)[21]601-800
Times (Asia) (2020)[22]135
Times (Emerging) (2020)[23]128
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2020)[24]19
NIRF (Universities) (2020)[25]9
Outlook India (Universities) (2020)[26]9

Savitribai Phule Pune University was ranked 601–800 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020,[21] as well as 135 in Asia[22] and 128 among Emerging Economies University Rankings in 2020.[23]

It was ranked 19 in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2020[24] and 9th among universities.[25]

Student life[edit]

Auditorium of the university.

The colleges of the university provide residences for students. The International Centre provides residences for international students, including visiting students.[27]

Alumni and faculty[edit]

Alumni of Savitribai Phule Pune University include major politicians of India including Vishwanath Pratap Singh, 7th Prime Minister of India; Pratibha Patil, 12th President of India; Vilasrao Deshmukh, 17th and 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra; and Sharad Pawar, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra. P. V. Narasimha Rao, 9th Prime Minister of India, graduated from Fergusson College, when the college was under the University of Pune.

Khaled Bahah, 2nd Vice President of Yemen and Prime Minister of Yemen, received his BCom and MCom from the university.[28]

In science and engineering, notable alumni of the university include Padmanabhan Balaram, chemist and director of the Indian Institute of Science; Kantilal Mardia, statistician and Guy Medallists; Thomas Kailath, electrical engineer and recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Science; Vistasp Karbhari, civil engineer and the eighth president of the University of Texas at Arlington;[29] Suhas Patankar, professor at the University of Minnesota, and pioneer in the field of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite volume method; C. Kumar N. Patel, inventor of the carbon dioxide laser, recipient of the 1996 National Medal of Science and vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Los Angeles;[30] and Vinod Scaria, bioinformatician, who is known for sequencing the first Indian genome. V. S. Huzurbazar served as the first head of the statistics department. S.N. Sadasivan who was Civil Services trainer, Author and historian. Madhav Gadgil, an ecologist and Sulochana Gadgil, meteorologist.

Politician includes Agatha Sangma, K. T. Rama Rao,[31] Prakash Javadekar, and Nabeel Rajab.

Academician Jyoti Gogte, graduated her BCom, MCom, and Ph.D. from the university, and was a Ph.D. guide for the university from 2006 to 2013.[32][33]

Art collector and historian Dinkar G. Kelkar graduated his D. Litt. degree from the university in 1978.[34]

Journalist Shereen Bhan received her master's in Communication Studies, with film and television as her areas of specialization from the university.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Motto in English – Pune University Emblem Details". University of Pune. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Online senate meet clears ₹540 crore SPPU budget for 2021-22". Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Academic Landscape". Ministry of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra.
  4. ^ "University Student Enrollment Details". Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  5. ^ "The University of Pune Campus". University of Pune. 2010. Archived from the original on 29 August 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Savitribai Phule Pune University Ranked 12th NIRF Ranking, Seeks Maharashtra Government Support To Better Rank". Punekar News. 15 July 2022. Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  7. ^ "MoE, National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF)". Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  8. ^ a b c "Pune University History". Pune University. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  9. ^ "University of Pune turns 65 : Nizam Guest House to Oxford of the East". 10 February 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  10. ^ Datta, Rangan (22 March 2023). "Grab a slice of history at Savitribai Phule Pune University in Maharashtra". No. The Telegraph. My Kolkata. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  11. ^ "It's Savitribai Phule Pune University". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Vice-Chancellors List". Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Departments List". Pune University. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  14. ^ "SPPU Courses & Syllabus of All Departments (Fe,Se,Te, Be) 2019 Pattern". MySppu. 29 August 2023. Retrieved 27 October 2023.
  15. ^ "Unipune introduces a Bachelor's degree course in Environment Science". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Department of Foreign Language : Savitribai Phule Pune University". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Used Mobile Concrete Crusher, Used Mobile Jaw Crusher". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Department of Women's Studies Centre : Savitribai Phule Pune University". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  19. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2021". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2020. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  20. ^ "QS Asia University Rankings 2020". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2020.
  21. ^ a b "Top 1000 World University Rankings 2020". Times Higher Education. 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings (2020)". Times Higher Education. 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  23. ^ a b "Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings (2020)". Times Higher Education. 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  24. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  25. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
  26. ^ "Top 75 Universities In India In 2020". Outlook India. 8 October 2020. Archived from the original on 15 September 2020. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  27. ^ "Facilities". Pune University. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  28. ^ "New Permanent Representative of Yemen Presents Credentials". United Nations. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  29. ^ "Vistasp Karbhari takes helm as eighth president of The University of Texas at Arlington" (Press release). PR Newswire. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  30. ^ "C. Kumar N. Patel". The American Institute of Physics. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  31. ^ "THE COMPLETE MAN - Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao aka KTR". Ritz Magazine. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  32. ^ "Sou Jyoti Gogte yhana PhD". Tarun Bharat (in Marathi). Pune. 23 February 1982.
  33. ^ "Recognition of Jyot Gogte as a Ph.D. Guide". Pune University Annals. March 2012.
  34. ^ Kelkar, B. S.; Kelkar, G. R.; Kelkar, Y. S. (1993). Kelkar Kulavruttanta. Thane: Yashodeep Typesetting. p. 83.

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