Jiwaji University Gwalior came into existence on May 23, 1964, through M.P. Govt. Ordinance no. 15 of 1963. Late Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the then President of India, laid the foundation stone on 11th December 1964 at a sprawling campus of over 225 acres of land at Naulakha Parade ground. This was a generous contribution of Scindia family, in particular Kailashwasi Maharaja Shrimant Jiwaji Rao Scindia and late Rajmata Shrimati Vijayaraje Scindia. The institution was christened after the name of Kailashwasi Shrimant Jiwajirao Scindia as a standing memorial to his persona. The motto of the university is embedded in its logo Vidyaya Prapyate Tejah.
It is now almost forty seven years that University has witnessed a logarithmic phase of growth. It has also seen the strides that can parallel to any other national/ international academic instutions. The university fraternity has contributed with full strength for the growth of this institution which is flourshing and fragrancing in the tough terrain of Chambal and Gwalior region and promoting the higher education for the better quality of life of the people.
During the IX–Plan, the University volunteered for assessment and accreditation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of UGC. The committee has appreciated the approach of inter-disciplinary teaching, extra curricular activities, health and public awareness programs, healthy student-teacher relations, transparent admission procedure, cosmopolitan student profile, judicious use of resources and quality of research. The university has been accredited with "A GRADE" status. The university has now once again prepering for NAAC accredation. The UGC XI plan committee has also appreciated the performance of the university at various fronts.
The territorial jurisdiction of the University is spread over the districts of Gwalior, Bhind, Morena, Sheopur Kalan, Datia, Shivpuri, Guna and Ashoknagar.
In the beginning, the university had 25 affiliated colleges but today 401 Government, Government aided and Private colleges are catering education to the students under its jurisdiction. These colleges are of Medical, Engineering, Science, Education, Nursing, Management, Arts and Commerce etc.
The academic activities in the university campus were started with Postgraduate teaching and research in 1966 by establishing Schools of Studies in Botany and Zoology. This was followed by the establishsment of other Schools of Studies viz. Physics, Chemistry, Ancient Indian Histroy, Culture & Archaeology, Economics, Mathematics, Commerce and Management. School of Studies in Library & Information Science, Indira Gandhi Academy of Environmental Education, Research & Ecoplanning, Biochemistry, Earth Science, Political Science and Public Administration were added at later dates. The MBA and BBA programmes were also started under the faculty of Commerce and Management. BTM, MBA programme in Tourism & Travel Management and School of Studies in Languages have also come up. The UGC sponsored Department of Adult, Continuing and Extension Education were established a post graduate course in Extension Education and Social Work.
To cater to the needs of society, the University started a good number of courses under Self Supporting Programme, e.g., Microbiology, Biotechnology, Electronics, Computer Science, Instrumentation & Industrial Analysis, Computer Applications, Environmental Chemistry, Chemical Sales & Marketing Management, Business Economics, Financial Administration etc. The M.Sc. in Neuroscience programme was initiated in 2001 with DBT-HRD support. The UGC innovative course in Remote Sensing & GIS was also started from the session 2002-2003. In addition, courses in Yoga and Jyotirvijnan have been inducted from the same session. In 2003–2004, the university has started a number of new courses, e.g., Biomedical Technology, Molecular and Human Genetics, e-Commerce, Food Technology, Medicinal Plants and Herbal Resource management, Journalism and Mass Communication, PGD Marketing Management: Advertising and Sales Administration. The School of Studies in Languages is imparting teaching for various courses leading to degree, diploma and certificate courses in Hindi, English, Sanskrit, French and M.Phil. in Sanskrit, Hindi and English. In academic session 2010-11, the university has started three new programmes viz. MBA Hospital administration, MBA Heritage Tourism Management and M.A. Education. In 2011-12, the students witnessed again four more academic programmes: PGD in Retail Management, PGD in Financial Administration, PGD in Forensic Science and Bachelor of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (BHM&CT). In the Academic session 2013-14, a five year integrated course of Master of Applied Managment is being started.
Department of Physical Education has emerged on national scenario by organizing national tournaments in various events in sports. The deparment is imparting education for M.P.Ed., B.P.Ed. and C.A.F. courses. Large playgrounds with all facilities of outdoor games and a gymnasiun for indoor games have made possible to organise various tournaments and encouraged the students to actively participate in university sports activities. School of Studies in Pharmaceutical studies runs courses for B.Pharma, and M.Sc. in Biomedical Technology.The Institute of Engineering imparts education in B.E. Electronics and B.E. Chemical Engineering. A five years integrated course of B.A.LL.B. and LL.M are being run in the Institute of Law. Under the guide lines of Distance Education Council New Delhi, University has established an Institute of Distance Education to promote education for the students of remote areas through distance mode of learning.
Majority of the courses in the School of Studies are based on semester system in which continuous evaluation of the students is carried out which keeps them busy in their studies round the year. The University also runs M. Phil courses in most of the conventional subjects.
Jiwaji University is an Apex Centre of Education in India; Jiwaji University offers wide ranges of Courses from M. A in history to Master in Computer Application. University has its own sport complex, Centralised library, Computer Centre, School of Studies etc. All School Of Studies and Centres are imparting education in basic, advanced and Job oriented courses.
All the teachers are highly qualified and many of them have been honoured with International and National Awards and Fellowships. They are actively engaged in research on current topics and guiding students for their M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. They have been regularly organizing and attending International and National Conferences, Seminars, Symposia Workshops etc. The teaching is imparted through conventional as well as with aid of latest audio-visual equipments. All the departments are well equipped and provided with the Smart Class Rooms.
Several research projects sponsored by the Government of India and the State Government funding agencies, like UGC, DST, CSIR, DOE, DAE, DBT, ICMR, ICHR, MPCOST, CCRUM, MPSBB-Bhopal etc. have been sanctioned and completed successfully by various schools of studies. The research laboratories are well equipped with the latest scientific instruments and expertise in the state of the art techniques in physical and biological sciences.
Most of the science departments are well equipped with most advance instrumentation facilities for research as well as teaching. A few important ones are : Transmission Electron Microscope, X-ray unit, Vacuum coating unit, Spectrophotometers (Visible & UV-Single beam & double beam), Vacuum concentrator, Research microscopes, Auto-analyser, Elisa readers, High speed refrigeration centrifuges, Image analyser, Automatic vibratome, Cryotomes, Gel-documentation systems, Scintillation counter, Chromatographic and Electrophoretic systems, Atomic Absorption spectrophotometer, real time PCRs Cell culture set-up etc. In addition to these major equipments, facilities of some other equipment are under the process of procurement. Facilities for tissue culture, cold room, radiation room are also being developed in certain departments. Recently Deptt. of Physical Education has procured a LASER Theropy Machine to cure Muscle Injuries.
University is organising annual convocation to award Degrees to the passouts every year. In last few Convocations University has conferred Honoris Causa degrees of D.Sc to PadmaVibhushan Dr. R Chidambaram and Prof. D P. Agrawal, D.Lit. to Tabla Maestro PadmaVibhushan Pt. Kishan Maharaj, PadmaVibhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Doctor of Medicine to PadmaShree Dr. Dharkar. The University has organised Annual Convocation for 2011-12 on 09 November, 2012 and for 2012-13 organised on 28 March 2014. Former CJ of India Shri.R.C.Lahoti recipient of Honoris Causa D Lit of the University and Convocation Address Given by Professor D.P. Agarwal (Chairman, Union Public Service Comission, New Delhi.
To fulfill its social responsibilities towards the nation, the university NSS department continously organizes various activities. The University has inherited artistic and cultural attributes of the city of Gwalior. It has been honoured and awarded serveral times at various places for the best performance and presentations by students. West Zone University, State and National level Youth Festivals have been organized by the university in recent years. M.P. State Inter University Youth Festival 2011-12 was hosted by Jiwaji University, Gwalior on Feb 25-27, 2012. In this Festival Jiwaji University was declared overall winner.
The university offers outsatnding sports opportunities for students. The sports department is very well equipped for playing Basketball, Vollyball, Tennis, Bedminton, Football, Hockey, Cricket, Table tennis, Judo, Snooker, Air Shooting and Atheletics. The university organizes National, Inter-versity and Inter-zonal tournaments frequently. In near future, the university is in the process of constructing a swimming pool with international standards. University Women Hockey team has won All India Hockey Tournament in last academic session. University Women Hockey Team has won Gold Medal in West Zone Inter University Competition 2011-12. In All India Inter University Women Hockey Tournament 2011-12 the Women Hockey Team bagged silver medal. University also secured Gold Medal in All India Women Boxing Competition.
Every year several students qualify National level tests for research and professional services such as NET, GATE, SLET, IAS, IFS, IPS, PSC, etc. Students also participate in university state and National level sports and cultural activities and bring honours to the university. Many of the research students get various presitigious fellowships from abroad for Ph.D. and post doctoral research.
Several medals have been instituted by the university on various eminent personalities in different subjects as a mark of honour to the meritorious and brilliant students of different faculties.
The campus is planned in such a way that all the residents of the university including teachers, non- teaching staff and students have an easy access to all the daily needs and other facilities within a walking distance. Most of the teachers reside in the campus. There is an efficient team of Security Personnel that maintains safety and security of the campus.
The University Health Centre, situated in the campus provides First Aid and other basic medical facilities to all students, staff members, employees and their wards. A Medical Officer is available for consultation during morning and evening hours at the University Health Centre.
Academically and socially very congenial environment is provided to all the students residing in the campus. The "Mrignayani Girls Hostel" and “Tatya Tope Girls Hostel” are situated within the campus. The hostels have all the required facilities with well furnished rooms. Appropriate security arrangements have also been made for these hostels. In view of the increasing strength of girl students, the existing accomodation is being extended to provide more rooms. One of the boys hostel named after Captain Roop Singh, a veteran hockey player is also located with in the campus to accommodate 150 students. Another boy’s hostel is Arya Bhatta Hostel, which is also well furnished with the Internet and other recreation facilities.
The University has its Proctorial Office to maintain discipline, law and order, and to sort out the grievances of the students in the campus.
The university has its well defined academic calender and all activities go as per pre-decided schedule. The examinations are held in time and the results are also declared with in the stipulated time frame.
The Dean, Students Welfare looks after the problems and welfare of the students besides organising the cultural and extracurricular activities in the campus. He also prepares the students for their participation in youth festivals.
The meetings of various university bodies like Board of Studies, Research Degree Committee, University court, Academic Council and Executive Council are held regularly to update the syllabi, selection of suitable candidates for Ph.D. programmes, solving various other academic and administrative matters and making policy decisions.
University provides in house services of photocopying at subsidized rates to all its members including students. The facility of INFLIBNET has also become available to the researchers of the university to get free access to around 500 reseach journals and information (UGC INFONET) etc. Computer and internet facilities are available to the students since morning till late night in various schools of studies and in central library. With UGC grants university is starting Smart Classes in selcetd School of Studies to provide latest teaching facilities to the student.
Post Office, Central Bank of India, Caffeteria and a Milk Parlour are also located within the campus for easy approach to the students. Employment exchange and Student counselling centre are also
The Study Centres of Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi and M.P. Bhoj (Open) University, Bhopal are also functioning in the University Campus
The Computer Centre was established in 1988 under able guidance of the then Vice-chancellor Dr. K.K. Tiwari. It was formely opened by his Excellency Prof. K.M. Chandi, the then governor of Madhya Pradesh on the auspicious day 28 February 1988. In the beginning this Centre was equipped with the Main Frame ICIM 6000. The furnishing of the centre was also of latest type and the same was done by the ICIM agency. This centre was one of the best centres of this part of the country. The first course launched by the centre was Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application, which was later on converted into MCA. The pass out of this course could obtain good placement in various organisations.
Computer Centre was established for the purpose of providing central computing facility to university teaching departments and research activities. Another objective of the centre was to computerize various activities of the university in order to provide better services to the students. Since its establishment center has performed various tasks assigned to it satisfactorily. The centre is also equipped with High Speed Internet.
The University has submitted proposal to the Government of India for financial support to establish an Institute of Advanced Technologies (IAT) and a Centre for Women Empowerment Studies. The objectives of the IAT is to establish research and teaching centres in some of the most advanced scientific areas such as supercomputing, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Genomics and Biomedical Technology.
The University also has a mission of fulfilling its commitment in coming years towards the followings: