Kuvempu University is a young affiliating University in Karnataka. Established in 1987, it is a University with a distinctive academic profile, blending in itself commitment to rural ethos and a modern spirit. It has 41 Post-Graduate departments of studies in the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, Education and Law. Offering 45 Post-Graduate Programmes, 4 P.G.Diploma and one Under-Graduate programme. The University has 80 affiliated colleges, three constituent colleges (among three, one is autonomous college) and other one autonomous college, one B.P.Ed. college, and 17 B.Ed. colleges under its jurisdiction spread over 2 districts of Shimoga, and Chikmagalur. It also has outlying regional Post-Graduate centre at Kadur.
The academic life on the campus is vibrant and exciting with seminars, symposia, special lectures and workshops throughout the year. Both the conventional and non-conventional course of study have updated syllabi responsive to the needs of the contemporary society and the research orientation is innovative, original and directed to societal needs. The main campus is in the lap of a lush, picturesque locale providing the right ambience for University education. Indeed, Kuvempu University is a place one would love to be associated with.
Jnana Sahyadri, the main campus of Kuvempu University is located at Shankaraghatta at a distance of 28 kms. from Shimoga town, the district headquarters and 18 kms. from Bhadravathi, the well-known industrial town. The campus is only 2 kms. from the magnificent Bhadra Reservoir across the river Bhadra, one of the important life lines of the area. The main buildings of the University have been constructed on a small hillock, thus blending naturally with the landscape. The campus sprawls over an area of 230 acres. The entire campus area is free from any form of pollution including noise pollution. There is no exaggeration in saying that the undisturbed and pleasing atmosphere on the campus makes it ideally suited for the pursuit of higher education. The main campus can be reached by using the private bus service. Shimoga, Bhadravathi and Tarikere towns are close to the campus and are well connected by rail.
The Administrative Building “Kuvempu Shathamanothsava Bhavan” on the main Jnana Sahyadri campus houses almost all the offices of the University including the office and secretariat of the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar, Human Resource Management, Development, Academic, Finance section, SC-ST Cell & OBC Cell, Planning, Monitory and Evaluation Board, etc. The Examination, Directorate of Distance Education are located in Parikshanga – Doora Shikshana Bhavan. All these offices are fully computerized. For the convenience of students, a City office of enquiry of the University is functioning at a building located opposite Sahyadri College Campus in Shimoga.
The Academic block on the main campus houses the Post-Graduate departments of studies in English, Political Science, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, MSW, Economics, Sociology, English Language Teaching, Journalism & Mass Communication.
The Department of Library & Information Science is in the new library building. The Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, MCA and Electronics are housed in Mathematics – Computer Science Building.
The Science Block houses the Post-Graduate departments of studies in Physics, General Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry and Bio Chemistry.
The Bio-Science Complex houses the departments of Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Environmental Sciences, Water management & Water Harvesting, Wild Life Management, Applied Botany, Microbiology and Applied Zoology. 2500 s.ft green house is built under “HERBAL GARDEN” Scheme of Dept. of Horticulture during the year 2005-06.
The Institute of Kannada Studies is located in the new building in Kuvempu Shathamanothsava Bhavan. The Museum building near the administrative building houses the Post-Graduate departments of studies in History and Archaeology, Master of Tourism and Heritage studies and Museum of Kannada Bharati & Kannada computer centre sponsored by Infosys Foundation.
POST-GRADUATE CENTRE, KADUR:
A new Post-Graduate Centre at Kadur started from the academic year 2007-08. Initially three courses namely Master of Business Economics(MBE), Master of Business Administration(MBA) and M.Sc. Pharmaceutical Chemistry have been started in the premises of Govt.Junior College. For the purpose of establishing PG Centre at Kadur, the State Government has alloted 65 acres of land adjacent to Kadur town and also released Rs.2 crore for the development of the P.G.Centre.
Sahyadri Arts and Commerce College and Sahyadri Science College, Shimoga
Sahyadri Arts and Science Colleges and Sahyadri Science College, erstwhile Government institutions are now constituent Colleges of Kuvempu University. These premiere Colleges of this region have completed 66 years of existence. Among the celebrities who are alumni of the Colleges are Dr. U.R. Ananthamurthy, Jnana Peetha Awardee, Prof. C.N.R. Rao, eminent scientist, Sri K.V. Subbanna, Magsaysay Awardee and others. In fact the Colleges have contributed illustrious personsto every important fields. The Sahyadri Science College has become autonomous College from 2006-07. Diamond Jubilee Building constructed with partial financial support of Allumni association includes well equipped Seminar hall inaugurated by Prof. CNR Rao & named as Prof. CNR Rao Hall.
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