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Shivaji University Kolhapur


Founded in 1962, Shivaji University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the medium-sized city of Kolhapur (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), Maharashtra. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Shivaji University (SU) is a very large (enrollment range: over-45,000 students) coeducational higher education institution. Shivaji University (SU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. SU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

Shivaji University (Marathi: शिवाजी विद्यापीठ), established in 1962, is in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. The university’s campus is 853 acres (3.4519 km2), and is named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Maratha Empire. It was inaugurated on 18 November 1962 by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the then president of India. Yashwantrao Chavan and Balasaheb Desai took the lead in establishing this university. Kolhapur, Sangli, and Satara come under its jurisdiction with 279 affiliated colleges and recognised institutes. One of the major objectives behind its foundation was to cater to the regional needs of South Maharashtra. The University’s efforts towards excellence are being recognised by the substantial grants received from funding agencies like University Grants Commission (India), Department of Science and Technology (India), and DBT.

Shivaji University has recently signed MoU with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre for research in Material Science. It has also partnered with the Indian Institute of Geo-Magnetism, Mumbai and industries like Phyto-Pharma. Institutes including Maharashtra Police Academy and Nashik and Centre for Social Studies have sought affiliation with the Shivaji University.



Before its establishment, Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, and Solapur districts were under the jurisdiction of Savitribai Phule Pune University. After the university’s establishment in 1962, Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, and Solapur districts came under Shivaji University’s jurisdiction with 279 affiliated colleges and recognized institutes. After establishment of Solapur University on 1 August 2004, Solapur district came under Solapur University jurisdiction.


In 1962 the University started functioning with 34 affiliated colleges and about 14,000 students with 5 Post-graduate Departments on the campus. Today the number of affiliated colleges has gone up to 280 and the student body has increased to 3,00,000 with 34 Postgraduate Departments on campus. The University imparts education in 10 major faculties of Arts, Social Science, Science, Commerce, Education, Fine Arts, Law, Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Engineering and Technology.

Shiv-Sandesh monthly bulletin is published online by Shivaji University, which throw light on various activities, programs organised in the university.

Madhyamvidya and Media Spectrum are private distribution newspapers published by M.A. Mass communication department students.



  • English
  • Department of Foreign Language
  • Department of Hindi
  • Department of Marathi


  • Department of Commerce and Management
  • Department of Commerce and Management- M.B.A Unit


  • Department of Adult and Continuing Education
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Sports

Engineering and Technology

  • Department of Technology
  • School of Nanoscience and Technology

Department of Technology

Shivaji University started Department of Technology in June 2006 with the aim that opportunity for students to learn in technology education and research of global standard for the human resource development. In 2006 first four M. Tech courses were started and in 2008 five B. Tech courses were started.


To be a seat of learning in technology education and research of global standard for the human resource development.


Shivaji University is committed to meet the educational, social, cultural, and economic needs of the region and the nation to create a just and humane society.

Barrister Balasaheb Khardekar Library

The Barr. B. Khardekar Library at Shivaji University is one of the leading university libraries in southern Maharashtra. It caters to the academic needs of students, faculty and other users from the university as well as visitors from other universities and institutes. The library has over 3.1 lakhs printed documents and it subscribes to over 298 national and international journals. The library is a member of UGC/INFONET Digital Library consortium of INFLIBNET Centre, under which it has access to over 6000+ electronic journals and few electronic databases. It has established contacts with universities, national and international organizations libraries for inter-library loans.

The library was named after the late Barr. Balasaheb Khardekar on 24 October 1981.

Library facilities

  • OPAC-The Online Public Access Catalogue [OPAC] is available within university intranet [LAN]. The building of complete database of library documents is under progress. Hence, presently only the catalogue data of around 2,00,000 old records (Including bound volumes of journals,Thesis & Desirtations, rare books etc.) and catalogue data of new books added w.e.f. Jan 1, 2008 is available. Now on new books data will be available only online, it will no longer be available in the form of Catalogue cards.

More information can be found at


AddressVidyanagar, University Campus
416 004 Maharashtra
Population range500,000-1,000,000
phone+91 (231) 269 2122
fax+91 (231) 269 2333
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