Tumkur University Tumkur

Founded in 2004, Tumkur University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large city of Tumkur (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Karnataka. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Tumkur University is a coeducational higher education institution. Tumkur University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. Tumkur University also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.

Tumkur University was established in 2004 in Tumkur, Karnataka, India. It was carved out of Bangalore University to accommodate the needs of the students from Tumkur district. Established under the Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000, as a multi-faculty university, it has 12 postgraduate departments, 2 constituent colleges and 94 affiliated colleges. It established 29 research centres to promote advanced multi-disciplinary research and academic collaborations. In 2012, the university was recognized under section 12(b) of the UGC Act, 1956. In the same year, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an inter-university council of the UGC, accredited the University with “B” Grade in the three-grade rating scale.


The academic structure is divided into four faculties.

  • Faculty of Arts
    • Department of Social Work
    • Department of Sociology
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of History
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Journalism
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
    • Department of Library and Information Science.
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Bio-Chemistry
    • Department of Zoology
    • Department of Botany
    • Department of Evs
  • Faculty of Commerce and Management
  • Faculty of Education

University College of Science

The University College of Science (erstwhile Government Science College) was established in 1940. Beginning as an intermediate college, it was upgraded to a full-fledged first grade college with Bachelors courses in disciplines in the Natural Sciences. Disciplines in the Commerce subjects were introduced in 1970.

The erstwhile Government Science College was inaugurated by His Excellency Sri V.V. Giri, Bar-At-Law, the Governor of Mysore on August 11, 1966. In 1973 it was bifurcated into Science and Arts colleges.

In the year 2000-2001, new subjects like Computer Science, Microbiology, Electronics and Biochemistry were introduced. In 2007-2008, Biotechnology was introduced. In 2008, post graduate courses were introduced in Physics, Chemistry and Environment Science. In 2000, student strength of the college was 1,040; in 2005 it was 1,300; and in year 2007-2008, it was 1,323.

The college has an area of 90 acres and the infrastructure is about 98,800 sq. ft. In 2009, the Government Science College was handed over to Tumkur University, when it was renamed as University College of Science. Presently, it is one of the two constituent colleges of Tumkur University.

University College of Arts

The Government Science College was bifurcated in 1974 into Government Arts College and Government Science College. In 2009, Tumkur University recognised the College as a constituent college of the University and renamed it University College of Arts.

Over the years, the institution has been offering courses in Arts & Commerce. At present, the college has 42 teaching, and 20 non-teaching staff. Nearly 3000 students are pursuing their education in the Arts and Commerce streams. Situated in a sprawling 25-acre plot, the college houses 25 spacious lecture halls, a library with more than 50,000 titles and 55,000 volumes of books on different disciplines, along with journals, magazines, newspapers and a reading and reference section. The College also has indoor and outdoor stadia administered by the Youth Services and Sports Department of the Government of Karnataka. It also has a unit of the National Cadet Corps and the National Service Scheme.

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Journals published by the university

International Journal of Science Research

International Journal of Science Research (IJSR) reports on publication of original research contributions in fundamental and applied areas of science. IJSR is a quarterly flagship journal of Tumkur University.

International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities

International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities is a scholarly professional biannual journal published by Tumkur University. Its purpose is to provide a forum to share knowledge related to broad range of topics including political science, sociology, history, archaeology, social work, geography, international studies, women’s studies, children’s learning and health, economics, business ethics, cities, intellectual property rights, language acquisition, privacy, the aging population, quality of life, technology in aboriginal communities, information communication technology, library and information science, physical education and sports sciences, dispute resolution, environment, sustainable development and subjects related to commerce and management.


Lokajnana is a quarterly journal of research, published in Kannada. It contains original and translated research papers.

Recognised research centres

The university has recognised 56 independent academic institutions from all over India as research centres for doctoral and advanced study in various areas of academic research. Notable examples include:

  • Institute for Social and Economic Change
  • R.V. College of Engineering
  • National Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Maha Bodhi Society
  • Sri Siddhartha Institute of Management Studies
  • Malleswaram Ladies Association
  • Madras Music Academy
  • St. Aloysius College

Honorary distinguished professors

Eminent personalities appointed Honorary Distinguished Professors of the university include:

  • Prof. Richard R. Ernst, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1991, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Prof. Anthony Cheetham, FRS, Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Prof. Kurt Wüthrich, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (2002), Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Professor of Structural Biology, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, USA and Professor of Biophysics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Dr. Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, Bangalore
  • Prof. Rudolph Marcus, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (1992), Arthur Amos Noyes Professor of Chemistry, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, USA
  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
  • Prof. Eric S. Maskin, Nobel Laureate in Economics (2007), Adams University Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
  • Admissions:


    Admission Procedure for Ph.D. Degree Course:-

    Candidates who wish to take admission in Ph.D courses should have pass the Masters degree from any recognized university or its equivalent with minimum 55% marks.


    A candidate with M.Phil Degree of this University or any other University recognized as equivalent there to in the concerned or cognate subject shall also be eligible for admission to the Ph.D Degree course.


    Candidates who have not qualified for UGC/ CSIR (JRF)/ SLET/ GATE exams, then the admission shall be based on the performance at the entrance conducted by the university.


    Tumkur University Courses offered

    • Tumkur University MA in Economics
    • Tumkur University BCA
    • Tumkur University B Sc Chemistry
    • Tumkur University BBM
    • Tumkur University B Com

    Vishwavidyanilaya Karyalaya
    B.H Road, Tumkur 572103, Karnataka, INDIA
    Phone: 0816-22545460816-2254546, 0816-22555960816-2255596
    Fax: 0816-22707
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