Barkatullah University - Barkatullah University, formerly known as Bhopal University was established in 1970 in the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. In 1988, it was rechristened as the Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, in the living memory of the great freedom fighter, Prof. Barkatullah belongs to Bhopal.
The University campus, covering an area of approx. 360 acres of land, is located along Jabalpur-Jaipur National highway(NH-12) at a distance of about 3 kms. From the Habibganj Railway Station .The University complex includes Administrative Block, Library Block, Life sciences Block, Law Block, Humanities Block, social science Block, Physics Block, Applied Geology Block, Hostel Building, Guest House, Institute of Open and Distance Education, Post office, a branch of the State Bank of India, Printing press, faculty club, Institute of Management Building, Department of Pharmacy and University Institute of Technology.
The territorial jurisdiction of the university extends to the eight districts of Bhopal, Sehore , Vidisha , Raisen , Hoshangabad, Harda , Betul, and Rajgrah. There are more than one hundred seventy colleges affiliated to the University. There is one Engineering college two college of education, a Technical Teachers Training Institute, a Ayurvedic , Unani, Physiotherapy and homeopathic college affiliated to this University.
The University covers almost a total spectrum of higher education, offering courses in its affiliated colleges and the teaching departments in the faculties of Arts, Social Science, Science, Life Science, Home Science, Medicine, Commerce and Business Management, Law, Engineering, Education and Technical Education. The Chakravarty Rajagopalachari Institute of Management (CRIM) provides full-time course in Business Management and the Institute of Open and Distance Learning, the only Institute of its kind in the State, provides undergraduate and diploma courses through correspondence.
The major emphasis of the University teaching departments is on interdisciplinary teaching and research. These teaching departments follow the annual semester system of teaching and examination, and make provision for such postgraduate courses, which are by and large, not provided a grant to establish a Women's Studies Centre in the Department of Sociology and have provided Special Assistance to departments of Microbiology and Physics under the SAP and COSIST.
The University has established the following cells/units for specific activities in their respective fields:
NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME (N S S):
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, sponsors the N S S. It is based on voluntary social service and aims at personality development through community service. N S S volunteers undertake activities like literacy-drive, health care and immunization, environment improvement projects, tree-plantation, contribution to NSS Book-Bank, etc. For further details contact Prof. L.N. Parashar, N S S Programme Coordinator.
OFFICE OF THE DEAN STUDENT'S WELFARE (D S W):
D S W is the officer responsible for helping and counseling students to facilitate them to obtain various information and interact on their behalf with various university authorities. He is the student interface of the university. He is helpful in promoting the culture, social and corporate life of student at the campus. Presently Dr. Kalika Yadav is DSW.
SOCIAL CENTER FOR THE WELFARE OF STUDENTS:
The purpose of this center is to make available varied facilities and information to the students such as canteen, phone STD, photocopy prospectus syllabus, admission forms question papers result etc. The center is located opposite the State Bank of India Branch in the university.
PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING CENTRE:
The Department of Psychology is running this center since 1990-91session. The center extends a variety of help to the student and others ion solving their personal problems. The Center's Director, A counselor is available for consultation every Saturday from 11 AM to 1PM.
The University has its own transporting facility. It provides transportation to its employees between the campus and the city.
The University has a minority coaching and guidance cell which provides coaching facilities to the students of minority communities for various competitive examinations. Dr. Tariq Zafar is Director, Minority Cell .
UNIVERSITY COMPUTER CENTRE:
The Center was established in 1990. It is equipped with AST Manhattan Server, IBM RS6000 Unix Server, Motorola 68030 machines and a number of intelligent nodes under LAN environment. The center is providing facility for computation and data processing to the university and teaching departments. It is Headed by Mr. Sanjay Gulati (In charge)
CENTRE FOR BUDDHIST STUDIES:
The ardent need of the hour is "Peace" - to live and let live". The way to achieve it lies in adopting the sublime principles of Buddhism which stand for the welfare of many and for the happiness of many.
Looking to the importance if Buddhism, the University Grants Commission , New Delhi has recently accepted the proposal to establish a centre in the University, which was inaugurated by His Excellency, The Governor of Madhya Pradesh on 29-03-2006.The centre has already successfully organised a two-days National Seminar on Buddhism on 29-30 March,2006. The centre is determined to achieve the following objectives:
To carry out teaching, research and publication relating to Buddhism
To organise seminars/workshop/ on Buddhism
To popularise the Buddhist Philosophy and its Peace agenda in the society
To deal with the challenges of conflict, intolerance, violence, and individualism
To promote nationalism and we-feeling
Centre for Buddhist Studies is being run under the supervision of Dr. K. B. Panda, Professor and Head, Department of Comparative Language and Culture.