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Goa University, established in June 1985 by an Act of Goa Government, is located on a picturesque campus spread over 427.49 acres area of Taleigao plateau overlooking the Zuari Estuary, within close vicinity of the capital city of Panaji, in North Goa. The Campus, having easy accessibility by road, rail and air, is well organized and  beautiful  in nature. Goa University,  the  only  university in the State  is committed to its motto - dissemination of knowledge, as inscribed in its emblem Learning is Divine.

Following the liberation of Goa and with considerable backing of the Government, the University of Bombay, established a Centre for Post-Graduate Instruction and Research in June 1965 in Panaji. This subsequently grew into the seat of post-graduate education (master's and doctoral) in the state of Goa. The staff of this Centre formed the core faculty for post-graduate education of the newly formed Goa University.

With a modest beginning with only a few departments in the temporary premises during early years, the University moved to its present location on Taleigao Plateau in 1992 with its own buildings designed by the famous architect Shri. Satish Gujral. The campus became the main campus of the university. Besides being the most important location for post-graduate studies, it also serves as the academic nerve-centre of the higher education system in Goa. Today Goa University, is a university of affiliated colleges, 55 of which are distributed across Goa, 30 in general education, 25 in professional education, with total enrolment of about 28,000. Most of these are enrolled in undergraduate programmes and the main campus which is primarily for post-graduate and doctoral students has an enrolment of about 2,000. Interestingly, a large majority of students enrolled in the various programmes are women.

Presently, Goa University has 12 faculties of which 6 faculties operate on the campus with 24 Departments and 3 Research Centers that offer post-graduate education in the State of Goa. Goa University has always been a favorite choice for academic pursuits of students aspiring higher education in the State. The University teaching Departments, have incorporated a wide-range of advanced and inter-departmental/ interdisciplinary teaching components and research methods in almost all Programmes/courses.

The University has been one of the earliest to introduce the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) with modular courses in all the campus based PG programmes as recommended by UGC. Many of the post-graduate programmes are designed keeping in mind the industrial requirements and societal needs in perspective, and are intended to offer gainful employment opportunities. All the PG programmes include Dissertation work to promote research temperament among the students. With the introduction of CBCS, the evaluation process of all the PG programmes has become 100% internal with 50% weightage for continuous Intra Semester Assessment (ISA) and the remaining 50% to Semester End Assessment (SEA). Science Departments are well equipped with laboratories with state-of-the-art scientific apparatus, instruments and latest software. The research activity of the Faculty has resulted in the publication of several high-quality papers in various emerging areas.

The University Library is centrally located in an easily accessible, aesthetically designed building and hosts a huge collection of text and reference books, rare books, learning resources including a large number of e-resources. The Library is computerized and offers electronic service and e-journal facility. An excellent campus-wide Wi-Fi apart from high-bandwidth computer networking (LAN) makes Goa University a 24x7 learning environment.

Over the years, the Goa University has established good linkages in relevant areas of study with other institutions of higher learning and research organizations in the country and outside. Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with several national and international Institutions. Recently, the Visiting Research Professor Program (VRPP) has been initiated with respect to the seven Chairs introduced by the University with generous support from the Goa Government in Liberal Arts, Social and Natural Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, and distinguished personalities from various disciplines have been nominated as visiting Professors.

Having oriented itself towards imparting advanced knowledge and to develop human resource, Goa University, with one of the best teacher-student ratio, has attained an important place in the realm of higher learning. Within a short span of last two and half decades of its existence, the University has shown distinct visibility and a promise of growth in teaching and empowering the young men and women of the region. With its well-designed curriculum, Goa University currently offers, under the CBCS, 32 PG programmes on the campus, which provide ample opportunity to students to pursue their diverse academic interests. The systematic multilevel process of revision of syllabus takes into confidence of all its stake holders including the alumni, parents, industry, students, teachers, external members and other experts. Employability is enabled through KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) development with the help of a well designed curriculum. Quality as well as quantum of Research is ensured through closely monitored theses/dissertations, project work, paper publications, seminars etc.

 



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