Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), formerly University of Indore, is a premier University in Central India, completing its 50th year of establishment, educational commitment and services. It is the only State University of Madhya Pradesh which has been recently accredited with “A” grade by NAAC. It was established in 1964, by an Act of Legislature of Madhya Pradesh. DAVV is an affiliating State University whose jurisdiction includes seven tribal dominated districts of Indore division It is catering to the educational needs on one hand to the most industrially developed district of MP, Indore and on the other hand to the tribal and rural backward districts of the State. The University serves around 1,80,000 students every year through well qualified human resources, with diversified course structure, inter-disciplinary research and value-based education. The University is committed to following vision and mission which has been derived from its motto “Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat”:
Emerge as a premier higher learning institution by creating, advancing and disseminating knowledge with collective wisdom, through value imbued holistic education for peaceful, sustainable and humane society.
Educating and empowering the learners to realize their potential through righteous blending of knowledge, skills, and values for serving the society.
It occupies highest priority in this University. There are twenty seven teaching departments offering undergraduate, post-graduate and research programs in sixteen Faculties. It is amongst the first few Universities in the country to introduce innovative and integrated courses in the area of science, engineering, technology, management, law and media. University has 270 affiliated colleges in addition to University teaching departments and centres. DAVV is also the pioneer university in starting the Self Supporting courses in the country. Out of 27 schools of study, 20 schools are offering courses on self supporting basis, thus marching towards attaining considerable self reliance. All Schools/Institutes have complete academic autonomy and flexibility. The University student enrolment, profile and admission process for various courses is transparent to all stakeholders. Admissions are made through Common Entrance Test (CET) for professional courses and merit-cum-entrance test in others. The admission tests are conducted in several cities of the country for various courses. Teaching is imparted to 10,500 students in regular courses and nearly a 1,000 students through distance education mode.
Schools/Institutes have adequate, well qualified, nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty, authors and researchers. The University has 727 teachers (81 Professors, 61 Readers and 585 Lecturers) entrusted with the task of imparting education to the students in the UTD. Amongst the faculty 221 teachers possess Ph.D. degree and 46 teachers possess M.Phil. Degree. The departments of the University impart teaching with ICT enabled 24x7 learning facilities, live video multicasting device and more than 1500 educational films on various subjects. The University fosters an inclusive academic ambience. Student centric methods are an integral part of the pedagogy adopted by the faculty that includes experiential learning, participative learning, and problem solving methodologies.
The University provides and nurtures research environment for promoting high quality original research. It offers Ph.D. and M. Phil. Programmes in all the subjects. The total enrolment in Ph.D. in 16 faculties stands at 1050 in 2013. Most of the departments have research projects funded by various agencies like UGC, CSIR, DBT, ICAR, DST, ICSSR, MPCST, and others. All the departments / schools of studies are actively engaged in research, publish in national and international publications, undertake sponsored research projects and have collaborations with organizations of repute. Faculty members have published nearly 1, 700 papers in peer reviewed/reputed journals, 72 chapters in books, 4 monographs, 14 edited books and 32 books in last four years. The faculty members have received National / State awards, and fellowships for their contribution in teaching and research. Some of the notable awards are Marie Curie Award, Humboldt Fellowship, Commonwealth Fellowship, INSA-DFG, Dr. R.B. Ekbote Prize (DST-MAS), UGC Career Award, DBT Overseas Award, Fellowships and Senior memberships of IETE and IEEE, Fellowship of World society of Cellular and Molecular Biology, France, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Srajan Samman, Rajiv Gandhi National Gyan Vigyan Moulik Pustak Lekhan Puraskar, Kailash Nath Katju Award and MPCST Researcher Award. University Teaching Departments have collaborations with International institutes of Hungary, USA, Russia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Canada and Taiwan to facilitate student – faculty exchange, training and collaborative research.
The University lays great emphasis on infrastructure and learning resources by providing physical and IT infrastructure, good departmental and Central Library resources, e-journals, databases, seminar and conferences halls, auditorium, multimedia theatres. The University Central Library is equipped with books, periodicals, latest national and international e-Journals. The University has more than 6 lacs books, 23,450 Ph.D. theses, 8,965 e-books and e-journals in various subjects. Adequate reprographic and Internet facility with online national and international journals, with connectivity under UGC-INFLIBNET are available in the library. The University has subscribed to 1 Gbps Internet link through National Knowledge Network. University departments and hostels are provided with Wi-Fi facility. Class rooms are equipped with ICT enabled 24x7 learning facilities. The University’s EMRC is producing and broadcasting educational television programmes through Vyas, Gyandarshan and Edusat. It also has Gyanvani, a FM Radio Station for enhancing the learning process through high quality educational and cultural programmes being broadcasted for 16 hours.
The University provide support facilities and services for all round development of its students. It has well equipped Department of Physical Education, Sports Centre, Play Grounds, Gymnasium, Cultural Centre and Student Welfare Department to encourage student participation in sports, cultural and extra-curricular activities. Social Services activities such as plantation, blood donation, cleanliness drives, women’s day, pulse-polio, save the girl child, anti drug campaign are executed through NSS. Career guidance, counselling and placement related needs are catered through Career Counselling and Opportunities Guidance cell, Equal Opportunity Cell, Placement Cells, and Alumni Cell. The students are encouraged to actively participate in co-curricular activities. The University also has 6 Boys’ and 6 Girls’ Hostels, Health Centre, Day Care Centre, Bank, Post office and Coffee House facilities available on the campus. In addition, the University has a Press which caters to the printing and publishing of all university related publication, particularly examination documents and papers.
The Hon’ble Governor of the State is the Chancellor of the University. The University functions as per Act, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations. The Registrar, Examination Controller and Finance Controller of the University assist the Vice Chancellor in administrative, examination and financial matters. The University has duly constituted bodies - Executive Council, Academic Council, Boards of Studies Finance and other committees for decisions on major academic, administrative and financial matters. All the expenditures incurred by the University are duly audited by the Government Resident Auditor. IQAC (Internal Quality Assurance Cell) is functioning in the University as per UGC guidelines. The University has setup seven Task Groups and three special Cells on various aspects: (i) ICT for Learning and Support and Administrative Services, (ii) Effective Teaching-Learning and Evaluation, (iii) Student Support and Progression, (iv) Energy and Environment Management, (v) Fostering Excellence in Research, (vi) Promotion of Human Values and Professional Ethics, and (viii) Vision Document and Strategic Plan. The Cells are: (i) International Cooperation Cell, (ii) University-Industry Partnership Cell, and (iii) Technical Cells. The University has taken initiative in formulating various policies to guide development in specific areas. It has formulated Green University Policy and Green Calendar, Values and Professional Ethics Policy, Research Policy and IT policy. Vision Document and Strategic Plan has also been developed by the University.
Devi Ahilya University has adopted a large number of best practices including sustainability and green environment practices, energy audit, earn while you learn scheme for students, international linkages, social services and many more. It is committed to pursuing its vision and mission of educating and empowering the learners to realize their potential through righteous blending of knowledge, skills, and values for serving the society. The University is prepared to embrace future challenges, explore new horizons and keep moving ahead on the path of excellence, innovation and enlightenment.