Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University

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Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University
राष्ट्रसंत तुकडोजी महाराज नागपूर विद्यापीठ
Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University logo.jpg
Type Public
Established 4 August 1923
(94 years ago)
Chancellor Governor of Maharashtra
Vice-Chancellor Siddharthavinayaka P. Kane
Location Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Campus Urban
Former Names Nagpur University
Nickname RTMNU, NU
Affiliations UGC, NAAC, AIU, ACU.
Website www.nagpuruniversity.org

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), formerly known as Nagpur University, is a public state university, established on 4 August 1923 in the city of Nagpur in Maharashtra state in central India. It is one of the oldest universities in India and the second oldest in the state of Maharashtra, after the University of Mumbai. It is named after Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj, a renowned spiritual person from Vidarbha. It is a member of the Association of Indian Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.[1] It has been accredited with the A grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), New Delhi. It has been consistently ranked among the top Universities in India.


RSTM University Campus

The University was established as Nagpur university on 4 August 1923 with six affiliated colleges and 927 students. During 1947, the number of students increased to about 9000 accompanied by the improvement and diversification of curricula and expansion in the range of subjects. The expansion of library and sports facilities occurred during these years for the intellectual and physical well being of the students. It was in 1958 that some new Departments in Arts and Social Science faculties were opened; the major expansion, however, came in 1963 when several science and other teaching Departments were started. The departments were shifted to spacious buildings in the main campus in 1972-73. In later years, several career oriented courses have been started viz., Business Management, Fine Arts, Mass Communication, Library Science, Physical Education, etc. In May 1983, the university was divided to form Amravati University. In September 2011 the university was again divided to part way for the Gondwana University. In 2005, the university was renamed to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University after Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj, a renowned spiritual person from Vidarbha.


Initially the university had a jurisdiction extending over 11 districts of eastern Maharashtra particularly called Vidarbha. With the establishment of Amravati University in Amravati in 1983, the jurisdiction was restricted to six districts of Nagpur, Wardha, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Bhandara and Gondia. Out of these, two districts Chandrapur and Gadchiroli were transferred to the Gondwana University established in September 2011. Since then, the university has jurisidiction over districts of Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara and Gondia.


The university has two campuses.

  • The old campus near Maharajbagh zoo was established in 1923 and serves as the administrative block.
  • The new campus near Futala Lake, is much larger and caters to the departments.

Faculties and Departments[edit]

The University comprises the Faculties of Arts & Humanities, Science, Social Sciences, Home Science, Medicine, Commerce, Education, Engineering & Technology, Law, and Ayurveda consisting of 39 Postgraduate teaching departments (PGTD) and three constituent colleges/institutions (Law college, College of Education, Laxminarayan Institute of Technology).[2] The department and conducted college/institution buildings are spread over seven campuses with an overall area of 327 acres. There are 842 colleges affiliated to the university in the districts of Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara and Gondia in the state of Maharashtra.[3]


The research programs in almost all thirty-nine Departments and three conducted Colleges are propelled through M. Phil., Ph.D. and Post-Doc.


The Bhausaheb Kolte Library (Main library) was started along with the establishment of the University in 1923 in order to cater to the academic and research needs of the faculty and students. Earlier the library was housed in University main building itself. The foundation stone of the building was laid on 29 March , 1954. The building was designed to have two floors with a total floor area of 57,480 sq.ft. and to provide a stacking capacity in 4 tiers to hold 3,50,000 volumes approximately, and accommodate 250 readers in general. The work commenced and it took almost three years to complete the construction of the building and the university library shifted to its new premises in July 1957.

The P. V. Narasimha Rao Library (Campus library) was inaugurated on 5 December 1978. A large number of volumes and the Manuscript Section of Main Library was transferred to this Campus Library.

Student's Halls of Residence[edit]


There are a total of 842 colleges affiliated to the University.[4] The prominent colleges affiliated to the University are Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (established in 1885 as Morris college), College of Agriculture Nagpur (founded in 1906), Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Government College of Engineering, Nagpur, Government College of Architecture and Government Polytechnic, Nagpur.

Vice chancellors[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Association of Commonwealth Universities members list". 
  2. ^ http://www.nagpuruniversity.org/links/Academics.htm
  5. ^ About Dr. HariSingh Gour at the Wayback Machine (archived 28 September 2011)
  6. ^ VC Profile. Retrieved 2015-10-28.

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