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Bangalore University (BU) is a public university located in Bangalore, Karnataka State, India. The university is one of the oldest in India, dating from 1886, and is renowned as one of the leading major universities in India. The city of Bangalore is rapidly growing into one of the world's centers of technology development, and BU has tied itself strongly to that growth. The university nears the status of "Potential for Excellence" which is reserved for the top 10 universities in India under the UGC Guideline.


The University was opened as Central College in 1886, by British Government. It was endowed with the status of university on July 10, 1964 by the government of the then State of Mysore to consolidate institutions of higher education in the city of Bangalore.

Central College and The University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) were the original institutions joined to form this university. With the promulgation of the Karnataka State Universities Ordinance of 1975, which aimed at bringing uniformity to all universities in the state, the university lost its federal character and became a state-affiliated university. In 1973, the University moved to the Jnana Bharathi Campus located on 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) of land.

Currently, Bangalore University is considered to be one of the best Indian Universities. It has built a strong reputation in foreign universities by producing the greatest number of Ph.D.s in India. Today, the university hosts a growing number of foreign students.


University departments
Bangalore University is structured into six faculties: Arts, sciences, Commerce & Management, Education, Law, and Engineering. It has 41 post-graduate departments, one post-graduate Centre at Kolar (started during 1994-95), 3 constituent colleges, 473 affiliated colleges (of which 88 have Post-Graduate courses) and several other Centers and Directorates of higher learning and research. Bangalore University is one of the largest universities in India, and perhaps the world, with nearly 300,000 students as well as 400 colleges and over 75 post-graduate departments.

The current Vice-Chancellor is Dr. H.A. Ranganath. In 2001 the University was accredited by NAAC and received Five Star Status. The University produced many great alumni through its Central College (1886). UVCE, which is a prestigious engineering department, was established in 1912. Nobel prize-winning physicist Sir C.V.Raman was associated with Bangalore University while working at Indian Institute of Science.

BU has has over 400 colleges in Bangalore,contributing to the Universitys production of world class graduates. Most of the BU's graduates are studying and working abroad in many countries with successful positions.

  Notable Alumni and Faculty
Ramesh Narayan
Manouchehr Mottaki
Leonid Hurwicz
S. R. Nayak

External links
University Website


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