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Goa University, Panaji

Taleigao Plateau, Panaji, Goa [India]


Bio-Technology, Chemistry, Commerce and Business Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering and Technology, Medical Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Physics, Earth Science, Mathematics, Zoology

Major Departments in Goa University

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Goa University was established in 1985 incorporating the then existing PG Centre for Instruction and Research of the University of Bombay. Located on the scenic Taleigao Plateau, the University has become the centre of higher education in the State of Goa. The 23 PG Departments and 2 Centres of studies offer academic programmes leading to masters and Ph.D. degrees in various disciplines.

The University also offers PG Diploma programmes in selected disciplines. The master’s programme in Biotechnology is supported by DBT since inception of the course. Degree programmes in Physical Education and Fire Technology have been added during the academic year 2004-05. Four year B.Sc.(Nursing) degree has been added during the academic year 2005-06. The University has launched a certificate course in Portuguese language through DEITI in 2005-06. M. Com. (Distance Education Mode) was launched during 2005-06.

The Academic Staff College supported by UGC conducts refresher/orientation courses for college/university teachers. As many as 46 professional and non-professional colleges/institutions, for undergraduate teaching are affiliated to the University. In addition, 8 research institutions are recognised by the University for research in various disciplines.

In 2001 the University was accredited with Four Star rating on a 5-point scale by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). Its PG departments, over the years have developed excellent facilities for research. Seven of the Science Departments are currently supported by DST under FIST (Funds for Infrastructure in Science and Technology) with grants ranging from rupees 25 to 50 lakhs. Four Science Departments receive research grants under SAP (Special Assistance Programme) of UGC. OSTC (Ocean Science and Technology Cell) attached to the Department of Microbiology receives special grant from DOD (Department of Ocean Development) for its research activities. These are in addition to 50 research grants awarded to individual faculty members by UGC, CSIR, DST, ICMR, DBT, DOD, ICHR, etc.

In January 2004, Goa University-IIT Bombay Interactive Distance Education programme in Information Technology was launched. Goa University in collaboration with the University of Salzburg, Austria has launched the online programme in Geographic Information Science (GIS) in April, 2005. The Third Batch of students from Nihon University, Japan completed the semester programme under Study India Programme (SIP) from September 2005 to February 2006. With financial assistance from UGC the Internet bandwidth of the LAN network was upgraded to 512 kbps in 2002. The Central Library receives e-journals regularly as part of the Goa University-UGC-ERNET MoU.

The DEITI (Distance Education Information and Training Infrastructure) Studio up linked to ‘Edusat’ in August 2004 is regularly telecasting educational programmes and programmes of general interest through the 27 DRS Centres. This Studio was used by the Education Department of the State to train about 1200 primary teachers under ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’. A series of programmes will be broadcast as part of the AIDS awareness campaign.

Foreign Students

Foreign students desiring to take admission in Goa University and colleges affiliated to this University are required to apply through the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Education, Government of India, New Delhi or contact the Foreign Students Advisor, Goa University. A certain percentage of seats are specially reserved for Foreign Students at Goa University.

As per the student visa policy introduced by the Government of India w.e.f. 23 July 1992, regular visa will be given by the Government only to prospective college students who have firm letters of admission from Indian Universities/recognised Colleges/Educational Institutions. The recognised institutions would be those included in the list issued by the Association of Indian Universities, Department of Education and Ministry of Health (Medical Council of India).

Foreign students who do not have such firm letter would be given provisional students visa by the Government of India Missions abroad only on the basis of production of provisional admission certificate issued by such recognised Universities and/or affiliated Institutions. In both types of student visa the name of the University and the college where the students has secured admission should be mentioned in the visa of the foreign students. The practice of issuing ‘X’ Entry visa to prospective foreign students who do not have firm letters of admission has been discontinued.

No admission to foreign students is given if their passport shows any type of visa other than students/provisional students visa. Students having ‘X’ Entry visa have to go back to their countries even if they get admission in Indian Universities etc., at the expiry of the initial period of stay allowed in their original visa. Hence, under no circumstances, a change of purpose of visit to India be allowed. Nor any change of institution (other than that mentioned in the students visa/provisional students visa) will be allowed. A foreign student will be permitted to take admission at this University on the basis of a visa granted to study at this University (Ref. letter No. FSDI/RVR/1/92, dated 6th November, 1992, from Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Azad Bhavan, Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi 110 002).

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