The University of Mumbai, also referred to as Mumbai University or simply as MU, was established in 1857 and was one of the first three universities to be built in India. Originally called the University of Bombay, the name was changed to the University of Mumbai in 1966, with the renaming of Bombay as Mumbai. Today, the University is the most prestigious, and the oldest, public university in the state of Maharashtra.
The University of Mumbai was founded by Dr. John Wilson, and was modeled on the British university system of the day, which means that education is provided through a number of affiliated colleges spread throughout the city of Mumbai, as well as through colleges in the four coastal districts of Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Thane.
The University of Mumbai supports a full range of programs, including Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degree programs, and several certificate and diploma courses in a wide range of disciplines. The list of Alumni for the University is impressive and among the many names are B. R. Ambedkar, the author of the Constitution of India; Lal Krishna Advani, a former Deputy Prime Minister of India; John Samuel Malecela, former Prime Minister of Tanzania, and P. N. Bhagwati, former Chief Justice of India.
In terms of its standing amongst the world’s universities, the University of Mumbai is currently ranked 551 out of 600 universities that are considered within the QS World University Rankings. For universities within Asia, the University ranks 151 out of 160 universities on the QS Asian University Rankings listing.
Among the many wonderful buildings that make up the University of Mumbai, one in particular is worthy of special note. The Jawaharial Nehru Library, which is located on the campus at Kalina, is the central library for the University. Apart from its architectural beauty, the library’s importance lies in the more than 850,000 books, and other documents that it houses. These include a collection of over 1,200 rare manuscripts.
For those considering studying at the University of Mumbai, areas of education and research include the arts, social science, commerce, law, science, engineering and technology and sports. The University also houses several institutes and specialist centers, such as the Indo-Canadian Studies Center and the Film and Media Academy.