Savitribai Phule Pune University

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Savitribai Phule Pune University
Sāvitrībāī Phule Puṇe Vidyāpīṭh
University of Pune -Main Building 1.JPG
The University main building
Former names
  • University of Poona
  • University of Pune
MottoYaḥ kriyāvān saḥ paṇḍitaḥ (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
"Where Actions Prove Knowledge"[1]
Established10 February 1949; 73 years ago (1949-02-10)
ChancellorGovernor of Maharashtra
Vice-ChancellorDr. Nitin R. Karmalkar
Ganeshkhind, Aundh, Pune, Maharashtra
18°33′08″N 73°49′29″E / 18.5523°N 73.8246°E / 18.5523; 73.8246Coordinates: 18°33′08″N 73°49′29″E / 18.5523°N 73.8246°E / 18.5523; 73.8246
Savitribai Phule Pune University Logo.png

Savitribai Phule Pune University (abbreviated SPPU; formerly the University of Poona) is a collegiate 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.[4]


University of Pune was established on 10 February 1949 under the Pune University Act, passed by the Bombay legislature in 1948.[5] 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 till 1 June 1949. Its current building originally called the Governor House. As its name suggests, it was the seasonal retreat of the Governor of Bombay.[6] 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).[5]

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.[7]

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.[5]


Past and present vice-chancellors of the university are:[8]


In 1949, there were 18 affiliated colleges (including colleges such as the Fergusson College, Sir Parashurambhau College, Nowrosjee Wadia College, and College of Engineering, Pune) with an enrollment of over 8000. Thereafter, the number of colleges increased. As of 2017 the university had 43 departments,[9] both for undergraduate and graduate courses.[10]


Savitribai Phule Pune University

The university has various departments and centres, offering courses in science, social science, management, law, etc.[9]

  • Unipune introduces a bachelor's degree course in Environment Science. The course started from the academic year of 2018–2019.[11]
  • 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.[12]
  • Competition Exam Center (CEC): is for coaching programs for various government competition exams.[13]
  • Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women's Studies Centre.[14]


University rankings
General – international
QS (World) (2021)[15]651-700
QS (Asia) (2020)[16]191
QS (BRICS) (2019)[17]100
Times (World) (2020)[18]601-800
Times (Asia) (2020)[19]135
Times (Emerging) (2020)[20]128
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2020)[21]19
NIRF (Universities) (2020)[22]09
The Week (Universities) (2019)[23]8
Outlook India (Universities) (2020)[24]9

In 2018, the University of Pune was ranked 7th among universities in India by the Times Higher Education.[25] In 2021, the University of Pune was ranked between 651 and 700 in the QS World University Ranking.[26] Savitribai Phule Pune University was ranked 601–800 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020,[18] as well as 135 in Asia[19] and 128 among Emerging Economies University Rankings in 2020.[20] The QS World University Rankings of 2020 ranked it 191 in Asia in 2020[16] and 100 among universities in BRICS nations in 2019.[17]

It was ranked 19 in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2020[21] and 9th among universities.[22]


In the Khelo India University Games in Odisha, Savitribai Phule Pune University was on top with 29 medals including fifteen gold, eight silver, and six bronze medals on the fifth day on 26 February 2020.[27]

Savitribai Phule Pune University's Joyita Sarkar was one of the 21 people and the only one from an educational institute in the state to be awarded by President Ramnath Kovind for her role in science communication and popularisation on the National Science Day in New Delhi.[28]

Four students from the Savitribai Phule Pune University's (SPPU) competitive exam centres have stood first in the state in their respective categories for Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) civil services exams for sales tax inspector.[29]

Student life[edit]

The colleges of the university provide residences for students. The International Centre provides residences for international students, including visiting students.[30]

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Notable 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 Mumbai.

Khaled Bahah, 2nd Vice President of Yemen and Prime Minister of Yemen, received his BCom and MCom from the university.[31]

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;[32] 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;[33] 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,[34] 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.[35][36]

Art collector and historian Dinkar G. Kelkar graduated his D. Litt. degree from the university in 1978.[37]

See also[edit]


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  17. ^ a b "QS BRICS University Rankings 2019". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2018.
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  20. ^ a b "Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings (2020)". Times Higher Education. 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
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  27. ^ "With 29 medals in its kitty, Savitribai Phule Pune University sits comfortably on top". The Indian Express. 29 February 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  28. ^ 29 Feb, Ardhra Nair | TNN |; 2020; Ist, 04:44. "SPPU student gets award for animal-free pharma test story | Pune News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 March 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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  31. ^ "New Permanent Representative of Yemen Presents Credentials". United Nations. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  32. ^ "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.
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  36. ^ "Recognition of Jyot Gogte as a Ph.D. Guide". Pune University Annals. March 2012.
  37. ^ Kelkar, B. S.; Kelkar, G. R.; Kelkar, Y. S. (1993). Kelkar Kulavruttanta. Thane: Yashodeep Typesetting. p. 83.

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