|Latin: Universitas Mumbai|
|University of Bombay|
|Motto||Śīlaṣṭataphalā Vidyā (Sanskrit)|
Motto in English
|The Fruit of Learning is Character and Righteous Conduct|
|Established||18 July 1857|
|Chancellor||Governor of Maharashtra|
All Campuses: 250 acres (1,000,000 m2)
The University of Mumbai is a collegiate, state-owned, public research university in Mumbai.
The University of Mumbai is one of the largest universities in the world. As of 2013[update], the university had 711 affiliated colleges. Ratan Tata is the appointed head of the advisory council.
In accordance with "Wood's despatch", drafted by Sir Charles Wood in 1854, The University of Bombay was established in 1857 after the presentation of a petition from the Bombay Association to the British colonial government in India. The University of Mumbai was modelled on similar universities in the United Kingdom, specifically the University of London.: 188
The first departments established were the Faculty of Arts at Elphinstone College in 1835 and the Faculty of Medicine at Grant Medical College in 1845. Both colleges existed before the university was founded and surrendered their degree-granting privileges to the university. The first degrees awarded in 1862 were Bachelor of Arts and Licentiate in Medicine. Medical schools such as Sindh Medical School in Hyderabad, Sindh were affiliated with the university as well.
Cornelia Sorabji, who later studied law at Somerville College becoming Oxford's first female law student and India's first female advocate, was the university's first female graduate in 1888.
Until 1904, the university only conducted examinations, awarded affiliations to colleges, developed curricula, and produced guidelines for colleges developing curricula. Teaching departments, research disciplines, and post-graduate courses were introduced from 1904, and several additional departments were established. After India achieved independence in 1947, the functions and powers of the university were reorganized under The Bombay University Act of 1953. The name of the university was changed from University of Bombay to University of Mumbai in 1996.
In 1949, student enrolment was 42,272 with 80 affiliated colleges. By 1975, these numbers had grown to 156,190 and 114 respectively.
Examination processes were made more efficient by the introduction of online delivery of question papers for examinations, and assessment of answer books by scanning at remote examination centres. The academic depository of the university was started in collaboration with CDSL in 2015. The university is the first university in the country to start an academic depository.
Main article: University Library, Mumbai
One of Mumbai's landmarks, the Rajabai Clock Tower, was completed in the 1870s and houses the University of Mumbai's library. Sir George Gilbert Scott modeled the Rajabai Clock Tower on the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster in London. Local businessman Premchand Roychand contributed to the cost of construction and named the tower in memory of his mother, Rajabai. The tower is 85 m (280 ft) tall and has five storeys. At a height of 9.1 m (30 ft) from the ground, there are eight statues representing the Indian castes. The tower clock is reported to have played 16 tunes including "Rule Britannia", "God Save the Queen", "Home! Sweet Home!" and "A Handel Symphony". On the initiative of the then Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Rajan Welukar, the first phase of restoration of Rajabai Clock Tower started in 2013 and was completed in May 2015. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) gave a Rs 4 crore grant for this phase of the restoration project.
Main article: Convocation Hall, University of Mumbai
Several departments of the University of Mumbai are located away from the four Mumbai campuses. These include the departments of Medicine and Medical Research located in many prominent hospitals in Mumbai, such as the Tata Memorial Hospital, Bombay Hospital and G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital. Institute of Chemical Technology (then known as the University Department of Chemical Technology, UDCT), was originally an institution of MU, but later gained university status. Tata Memorial Hospital is now affiliated to the Homi Bhabha National Institute.
Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute was the first Engineering Institute in the University of Mumbai (1887). Thadomal Shahani Engineering College was the first Engineering college in the University of Mumbai to start courses in Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Electronics Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Sardar Patel College of Engineering is another well-known engineering college affiliated to the university. Further, K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering is an additional engineering college affiliated to the university. Along with these, Vivekanand Education Society's Institute of Technology, Fr. C. Rodrigues Institute of Technology, D. Y. Patil's Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology, Datta Meghe College of Engineering, Lokmanya Tilak College of Engineering, SIES Graduate School of Technology, and Saraswati College of Engineering are also affiliated with the University of Mumbai.
Jawaharlal Nehru Library (JNL) is the central library, located on the campus at Kalina. As of May 2019, it desperately needs restoration.
Main article: List of University of Mumbai alumni
|University and college rankings|
|General – international|
|QS (World) (2020)||801–1000|
|QS (Asia) (2020)||177|
|QS (BRICS) (2019)||89|
|General – India|
|NIRF (Overall) (2020)||95|
|NIRF (Universities) (2020)||65|
Internationally, the University of Mumbai ranked 801–1000 by the QS World University Rankings in 2020, 177 in Asia in 2020 and 89 among BRICS nations in 2019.
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked it 65th among universities in India in 2020.
Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed with University of Amsterdam, University of Bath, Liverpool Hope University, Ryerson University, IESEG School of Management, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin University, Nankai University in China and Edith Cowan University in Australia.