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University of Mumbai
मुंबई विद्यापीठ
University of Mumbai logo
Seal of University of Mumbai
Established 1857
Type Public
Chancellor Shri K.Sankaranarayanan
Vice-Chancellor (Ag. VC) Prof. Chandra Krishnamurthy
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC

The University of Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई विद्यापीठ), (formerly University of Bombay), is a state university situated in Maharashtra state of India. It has been given a five-star ranking by NAAC. It has world ranking 401.[1] The name of the University was changed from University of Bombay to University of Mumbai according to a Government Gazette dated 4 September 1996. It is abbreviated as either (UoM) for University of Mumbai or as (MU) for Mumbai University. Initially, the Elphinstone College building was used for Mumbai University.

Most of the colleges in the city of Mumbai and the districts of Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg are affiliated with the University of Mumbai. The University of Mumbai offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees to students. It has affiliations with several high ranking research institutes in the world, including Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), a deemed university of the University of Mumbai, and the Tata Memorial Hospital. The UoM is ranked in the top 500 universities in the world by the THES - QS world universities ranking.[2]


University campuses

A file photo of University of Mumbai's Fort Campus taken in 1870s. Rajabai Clock Tower here seen shrouded in scaffolding was completed in 1878.
Clock Tower
Fort Campus Entrance
The library
Rajabai Tower
Vice Chancellors

The University of Mumbai is modelled on the universities of Britain and primarily imparts education through its affiliated colleges. St. Xavier's College, which was affiliated with the University in 1868, is the first of its colleges. Today, the university campuses serve as administrative centers and centers for some higher education and library facilities. The affiliated colleges are spread throughout the city and the four coastal districts of Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg. The major main campus locations include:


Fort Campus

The original campus is in Fort, Mumbai, near the southern end of the city of Mumbai. It houses the administrative division of the university. It is built in the Gothic style of architecture and includes a library that holds many original manuscripts. The University of Bombay was established at the Fort Campus in 1857. In the same year universities were established in the two other Presidency towns of Calcutta and Madras. Fort Campus was one of the first educational institutions established by the British in India following Sir Charles Wood's Dispatch on Education in 1854.

Kalina Campus

Another large campus is situated in Kalina, Santacruz in suburban Mumbai. Much of its 230 acres (930,000 m²) is being kept for the development of future disciplines. It has on-campus graduate training and research centers. The most popular courses are in the LIFE SCIENCES & BIOTECHNOLOGY fields. It also has social sciences and behavioural sciences departments offering masters and doctoral programmes, which include the Department of Economics and the Department of Psychology. The Kalina campus also includes certain science departments including the Department of Biotechnology, Department of Physics, Department of Information Technology and Department of Mathematics, and has most of the humanities and language departments of Mumbai University at the masters and doctoral level. It also has the Jawaharlal Nehru Library, the largest library in Mumbai.

Ratnagiri Campus

A minor campus running mostly extramural courses is located in the town of Ratnagiri. The campus is located at the Thibaw Palace, originally built to accommodate the exiled royal family of Burma near the Finolex Academy College sub-divisional office.

Other Campuses

Several departments of the University of Mumbai are located at places other than the fort or Kalina campus. These include the Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology, formerly (UDCT). The departments of Medicine and Medical Research are spread out across several prominent hospitals in Mumbai. Chief amongst these are the Tata Memorial Hospital, Bombay Hospital and G.S. Medical College of the University of Mumbai. St. Xavier's College was the first degree-granting college affiliated to the University.

Mumbai University libraries

The main Library or Central Library is Jawaharlal Nehru Library (JNL) with almost a million books (850,000), documents and Scientific Journals, Thesis, Encyclopedias, along with over 30,000 microfilms and over 1200 rare manuscripts, IMF reports, census records and access to several hundreds of E-Journals through online subscription. The (JNL) catalogue is computerised. The Library largely contains books with basic sciences and the social and behavioural sciences.

The technology and applied research journals and books of the University of Mumbai are kept at various other libraries including those at ICT, TIFR, JBIMS & Tata Memorial Hospital. Together the University of Mumbai collection of Books and Scientific journals includes over a million documents.

Departments and Institutes of University of Mumbai

Other Features and Facilities

The University of Mumbai confers over 1,100 degrees and diplomas every year and over 80,000 students apply for the degrees. The University of Mumbai has one of the main computer Servers of the city of Mumbai. It also provides a large international students' hostel for foreign students.

See also: List of Mumbai Colleges - (Most of the colleges, Institutes and Research centres in Mumbai, are affiliated to the University of Mumbai)

Prominent Alumni of the University of Mumbai

See also


  1. ^ World Ranking of University of Mumbai
  2. ^ (The THES - QS world universities ranking). UoM (University of Mumbai) is ranked amongst the top 500 universities in the world. It is placed at the 432nd position. There are 3 other universities that share the position of 432 along with mumbai university these are i)Universite des Sciences et Technologies - France; ii) University of Paris 5 - Rene Descartes - France; iii)Università degli Studi di Pavia - Italy. (The rankings have been published by the London based 'The Times Higher - QS World University Rankings' in partnership with QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd ) THES is a newspaper based in London that reports specifically on issues related to higher education.

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