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Goa University

Goa University
Logo of Goa University
Motto "Knowledge is Divine"
Established 1985
Type Public
Chancellor Dr. Mridula Sinha[1]
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Satish Shetye
Location Taleigão, Goa, India
Campus Urban
Nickname GU
Affiliations UGC, NAAC, AIU

Goa University was established under the Goa University Act of 1984 (Act No. 7 of 1984) and commenced operations on 1 June 1985.[2] The university provides higher education in the Indian state of Goa.

After the annexation of Goa by India in December 1961, the University of Bombay, (now Mumbai) offered affiliation through its Centre of Post-Graduate Instruction and Research (located in the state capital, Panaji, or Panjim) to the first colleges that were instituted in Goa in June 1962. Since 1985 Goa University offers graduate and post-graduate studies and research programmes. It is currently (2014) accredited to the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) in India with a rating of four stars. It is located on the Taleigao Plateau.


  • Educational institutions in colonial Goa 1
  • Centre for education in Goa 2
  • Campus 3
  • Administration 4
  • Statutory bodies 5
    • Court 5.1
    • Executive Council 5.2
    • Academic Council 5.3
    • Planning Board 5.4
    • Finance Committee 5.5
  • Mandate 6
    • Role of the University in higher education in Goa 6.1
  • Affiliated colleges 7
  • Post-graduate departments, centres of studies 8
  • Library 9
  • New courses 10
    • Enhanced intake in existing popular programmes 10.1
    • New programmes 10.2
  • Other initiatives 11
    • Goa University’s Academic Staff College (ACS) 11.1
    • Distance Education, Information & Training Infrastructure (DEITI) 11.2
    • Visiting Research Professors Programme 11.3
    • Study India Programme 11.4
    • Konkani Encyclopedia 11.5
  • Facts and figures 12
  • Recognised institutions 13
  • Students housing 14
  • Contacts 15
  • Sports 16
  • References 17
  • Further reading 18
  • External links 19

Educational institutions in colonial Goa

Although the Portuguese colonial powers set up several seminaries and a number of parish schools after their arrival in Goa in the 16th century, these offered mainly religious and elementary education, respectively. Medical education started in the early 18th century, in the Royal Hospital in the old City of Goa, and the first regular medical course was offered in 1801 at the Royal and Military Hospital. In the 1950s attempts were made by the government to ensure compulsory enrolment in primary schools (Varde 83). Private schools also thrived, including in Marathi and English mediums. Some of these taught up to high school and prepared the students to appear for Secondary School Certificate Examination (Matric/SSCE) of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary Education, Pune.

Dr. P.S. Varde (History of Education in Goa from 1510 to 1975, Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa, Panaji, Goa, 1977) quotes the following figures for enrolment in primary schools in Goa, Daman and Diu, in the year 1961-62:

  • In the 151 Government Portuguese primary schools – number of children: 17, 028
  • In the 104 private Portuguese primary schools - 9, 298
  • In the 4 Government Marathi-Portuguese schools: 125
  • In the 167 registered (private) Marathi schools: 13, 309
  • In the primary sections of the Marathi secondary (private) schools 2, 911
  • In the 10 Urdu-Portuguese (Government) schools: 717
  • In the 8 Urdu private schools: 482
  • In the 11 Government Gujarati Portuguese schools: 1,101
  • In the 4 non-Government Gujarati schools: 284
  • In the primary sections of secondary Gujarati schools: 1,039
  • In the 17 English medium private primary schools: 900
  • In the primary sections of the three English Secondary Schools: 6, 413.
  • There were also around 100 Marathi schools not registered in the Education Department.

The enrolment in secondary schools:

  • Lyceum: 921
  • In the 13 Private Lyceum institutions: 1,700
  • In the 53 private English schools 4, 997
  • In the 19 Marathi schools: 1, 287
  • In the 6 Gujarati schools: 283

Including the enrolment in the 4 Government Technical Schools (secondary level: 993), the grand total for all languages : 10, 181. “...the total number of children in primary schools would amount to 59, 607. This would mean that approximately 50% children out of the total population in the age group 7-13 were attending primary schools. The percentage enrolment in secondary schools for the age group 11-17 was approximately 14.6%.” (Varde 94-96). The duration of school education was of around 12 years, including pre-University education.

Teachers’ Training: After a number of ineffectual attempts were made to start training institutes for teachers, in 1844 a teachers’ training school, Escola Normal, was established, in line with new directions from Portugal for the promotion of education in the colonies. (Cabral 95). The school was initially attached to the Lyceum, and underwent constant reforms as educational policies in Europe underwent change. Whereas earlier women students could only appear as private candidates, from 1894, in Portugal, it was made co-educational (Cabral 134). “When the Governor-General Joao Carlos Craveiro Lopes came out with his set of reforms [in Goa] through his “Portaria” issued on the 31st of May 1935, he stated clearly that the “Escola Normal de Luis de Camões” was meant for the training of Teachers of both sexes and would be under the Governor-General of the colony, who would administer it through the Directorate of Civil Administration.” (Cabral 114).

Institutes of Higher Education in Colonial Goa: The first institutes of Higher Education were set up by the Portuguese administration in the nineteenth century, the main being the Academia Militar (Military Academy)(1817), later expanded into the Escola Matemática e Militar ( Mathematics and Military School) and the Escola Médico-Cirúrgico de Goa (School of Medicine and Surgery-) (1842). A course in pharmacology (Curso de Farmácia) was also created in 1842. In 1854 the Liceu Nacional Afonso de Albuquerque (Lyceum) was founded, offering higher education in the Humanities and the Sciences. The School of Medicine (a five-year medical course) and the Course in Pharmacy (a three-year course) were the first of their kind in Asia. None of these institutions were considered University – degree granting institutions. “The courses offered by the Lyceum were broad-based with a view to providing good cultural and scientific foundations for the students aiming at higher studies as well as those who were on the threshold of public life.” (Varde 61) Persons wishing to pursue university education of four or five years duration had to travel to British India or to Europe.

University Education in post-annexation Goa: Within less than six months after the annexation of Goa, two colleges were started as a result of private initiatives and government backing:

  • Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Panjim (1962) (Goa Education Society) and
  • Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science, Margao (1962) (Chowgule Education Society)

In the very first year, the number of students who registered in these two colleges added up to 879. Other colleges soon followed suit:

  • St. Xavier’s College, Bastora (1963) (then Mapusa) (Diocesan Society of Education)
  • Carmel College for Women, Nuvem (1964) ( Carmel Education Society)
  • S.S. Dempo College of Commerce and Economics (1966) (Goa Education Society)
  • The Engineering College in Panjim in 1967 (Government of Goa).

As these institutions and more came into existence, the question of affiliation surfaced, and led to some debate since Goa was a Union Territory, and it was suggested they be affiliated to Delhi University. However the colleges opted to be affiliated to the University of Bombay, and at the request of the government of Goa, Daman and Diu, the Centre of Post-Graduate Instruction and Research was started in Goa by the University of Bombay with the support of the Goa administration. The Jha Committee proposed the establishment of a University in Goa, and recommended its gradual development from the Centre of Post-Graduate Instruction and Research (CPIR) into a full-fledged university over a period of five to ten years. The Committee made a number of additional recommendations in this regard, including the following:

  1. The CPIR was to be developed as a nucleus for the proposed university.
  2. The CPIR was to be placed under the administration of a Board set up by the Government of Goa with the cooperation of the University of Bombay.
  3. The administrative work of the CPIR was to be carried out by an Executive Committee of the Board, headed by the Director of the CPIR.
  4. The CPIR should be shifted to a proper site for the University.
  5. The Board of the CPIR would have all powers of an educational institution, including financial ones for the conduct of its activities and the academic powers would be vested in the University of Bombay.
  6. The Director would be have the responsibility to develop the CPIR on sound lines so as to develop it into a future university, and would be the fore-runner of the future Vice-Chancellor.
  7. Other recommendations/suggestions were made with reference to Goa’s historical, geographic and cultural position.

The Goa University Act of 1984 brought Goa University into existence and it commenced operations on 1 June 1985. It moved to its present 175 hectare campus on the Taleigao Plateau.

Centre for education in Goa

Goa University is the centre for higher education in Goa, India's smallest state.


Goa University signboard for various faculties

Goa University was designed by painter, sculptor, muralist, graphic designer and architect Satish Gujral.

Goa University is built on the Taleigao Plateau, around five kilometres from the Goan state capital of Panaji or Panjim. It can be approached by Bambolim or Dona Paula-Taleigao.


The Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha, is the chancellor[3] of the university, Dr. Satish Ramnath Shetye is the vice-chancellor,[4] and Prof. Vijayendra P. Kamat[5] is the registrar.

Statutory bodies

Statutory bodies of the university are as follows:


The Court has a membership of 40 and its constitution shall be as under i) Vice Chancellor as chairman ii) Five deans of faculties iii) Five professors of university teaching departments iv) Five principals of affiliated colleges v) Three teachers (other than deans and professors) of the University teaching departments vi) Eight teachers of affiliated colleges vii) Two representatives of the managements of the non-government affiliated colleges viii) The chairman of the University Students Council ix) Four eminent educationists, scholars, specialists or administrators x) One representative of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and one representative of Other Backward Communities xi) Two women representatives of Goa xii) A representative of the non-teaching staff of the University xiii) Registrar of the University as Member-Secretary. The term of the court will be of four years.

Executive Council

International scholars at the Goa University, seminar, 2011 --from left: Gomes, Trichur, Suzuki, Newman.

The Executive Council has a membership of 13 and its constitution shall be as under i) Vice-Chancellor as chairman ii) Two deans of faculties members iii) One principal of an affiliated college iv) One professor (other than deans) of the University teaching departments v) Five eminent educationists, scholars, specialists or administrators vi) Two nominees of the state vii) Registrar as Member-Secretary. The term of the Executive Council is of four years

Academic Council

The Academic Council has a membership of 40 and its constitution shall be as under: i) Vice-Chancellor as chairman ii) All the deans of the faculties of the University (ten) iii) Five University professors iv) Five principals of the affiliated colleges v) Five teachers of the University departments vi) Five teachers of the affiliated colleges vii) The Director of N.I.O viii) Chairman, Goa Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education ix) Three eminent educationists or scholars x) Librarian xi) Registrar as Member-Secretary. The term of the Academic Council is of four years.

Planning Board

The Planning Board comprises eight members and its constitution shall be as under i) Vice-Chancellor as chairman ii) Vice-Chancellor of any University iii) *One member of the Executive Council iv) *One member of the Academic Council v) One dean of faculty vi) One eminent educationist vii) One representative of the University Grants Commission viii) The Registrar as ex officio Member-Secretary. (*Amended by EC on 25/11/94 in view of provision contained in clause 2 of Statute 40.) The term of office of the members other than the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar is of four years and they shall be eligible for re-nomination.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee of the consists of the following eight members: i) Vice-Chancellor as chairman ii) Registrar iii) Secretary to Government of Goa in-charge of University Education iv) Secretary to Government of Goa in-charge of the Finance v) One nominee of the E.C. from its own members vi) Dean of the Faculty of Commerce vii) One nominee of the Visitor viii) The finance Officer as Member-Secretary. The Visitor nominates a person not connected with the University on the Finance Committee. The Executive Council nominates one of its members on the Finance Committee The term of all the members of the Finance Committee other than the Vice-Chancellor and ex-officio members shall be of four year.


Role of the University in higher education in Goa

Goa University, Goa’s only university, is a university of affiliated colleges. 53 affiliated colleges: 29 in general education 24 professional education Enrollment ~27,000, mostly for undergraduate studies

Main Campus primarily for post-graduate studies Enrolment ~ 1,500

Affiliated colleges

The university is responsible for the bachelors' level of education conducted by colleges across Goa and affiliated to Goa University.

The following are the professional colleges affiliated to Goa University:[6]

The following are the non-professional colleges affiliated to Goa University:[7]

Post-graduate departments, centres of studies

The main campus of Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, has:

  • 25 post-graduate departments
  • 2 centres of studies offering academic programmes which lead to the Master’s and Doctorate (Ph.D.) programmes across disciplines.
  • Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies Centre
  • The Centre for Women's Studies
  • Post-graduate diploma programmes in select disciplines are also conducted on the main campus. Doctoral Programmes:
  • ~300 students are currently working on their PhD on the main campus of the university
  • ~100 are enrolled in recognized Research Centres:
  • National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Vasco
  • Directorate of Archives, Panaji
  • National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula
  • Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim
  • Malaria Research Centre, Panaji
  • Thomas Stephens Konkkni Kendr, Porvorim
  • Fishery Survey of India, Mormugao
  • All India Institute of Local Self Government, Panaji

The university houses 12 faculties under which departments operate and offer masters or diploma programmes. The following are the faculties in Goa University and the departments which operate under them:

  • Faculty of Language and Literature:
    • Department of Comparative Literature
    • Department of Linguistic
    • Department of English
    • Department of Hindi
    • Department of Konkani
    • Department of Marathi
    • Department of French
    • Department of Portuguese
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences:
    • Department of Computer Science and technology
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Earth Science
    • Department of Electronics and Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
  • Faculty of Social Sciences:
    • Department of Communications
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Geography & Environment
    • Department of History
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of Sociology
  • Faculty of Life Sciences and Environment:
    • Department of Bio-technology
    • Department of Botany
    • Department of Geology
    • Department of Home Science
    • Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • Department of Marine Science
    • Department of Micro-biology
    • Department of Zoology
  • Faculty of Commerce:
    • Department of Commerce
  • Faculty of Design
  • Faculty of Education, Research & Development
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law & Justice
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Management Studies: Department of Management Studies[8]
  • Faculty of Performing, Fine Arts and Music
  • Faculty of Tourism & Hotel management


  • Collection of 1,40,000 books.
  • Designated as an U.N. repository, it has been receiving documents and United Nations publications since 1996.
  • Subscribes to ~350 journals.
  • The Library is the repository of several rare and special-interest holdings, particularly in the area of Indo-Portuguese History. Enriched by private donations from over 52 scholars, for example Dr. P.S.S. Pissurlekar and Dr. Nuno Gonsalves collections.

New courses

From the Academic Year 2013-14:

Enhanced intake in existing popular programmes

  1. Chemistry: 36 to 72 (18 each in Organic, Inorganic, Physical and Analytical)
  2. MCA: 30 to 60
  3. M.Com: 40 to 60
  4. MBA(Fin. Serv.) 25 to 40

New programmes

  1. Library Science (restarted) intake: 20 for BLISc in 2013-14;
  2. 20 for BLISc and 20 for MLISc in 2014-15mp.
  3. M.Sc. (Biotechnology) intake: 20
  4. M.Tech. (Computer Sci.) intake: 10

These steps led to 30% increase in post-graduate intake on the main campus, from ~650 to ~850.

Other initiatives

Goa University’s Academic Staff College (ACS)

The ACS, supported by the Indian University Grants Commission conducts refresher and orientation courses for college and university teachers. As many as 46 professional and non-professional and non-professional colleges and institutions—for undergraduate teaching—are affiliated to the university. Besides, eight research institutions are recognised by the Goa University for research.

Distance Education, Information & Training Infrastructure (DEITI)

The DEITI Studio, which is linked to the Indian dedicated education satellite ‘Edusat’, produces a number of educational programmes.

Visiting Research Professors Programme

The Department of Art & Culture, Government of Goa, has funded six Visiting Research Professorship Chairs at the university:

  1. The D.D. Kosambi Visiting Research Professorship in Interdisciplinary Studies
  2. The Dayanand Bandodkar Visiting Research Professorship in Political Economy
  3. The Bakibab Borkar Visiting Research Professorship in Comparative Literature
  4. The Mario Miranda Visiting Research Professorship in Fine Art, Painting, Illustrative Cartooning, etc.
  5. The Anthony Gonsalves Visiting Research Professorship in Western Music
  6. The Nana Shirgaonkar Visiting Research Professorship in Traditional Music

Study India Programme

As per the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Goa University with Nihon University, Japan, a batch of students under the Study India Programme visits the University for about 6 months every year to study Indian culture, Indian politics and Indian society.

Konkani Encyclopedia

Konkani Vishvakosh is soon to be a part of Konkani WorldHeritage.

Facts and figures

  • Goa University offers courses in Latin American Studies and is one of the few universities in India to do so. The centre as per the UGC's recommendation offers a post graduate course in International Studies. The centre has signed a memorandum with the College of Naval Warfare Mumbai and with the School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi and with the University of Colima, Mexico. The centre offers MA M.Phil and Ph.D. The Centre has organised several national and international conferences in the last fifteen years. The centre has been reviewed by the UGC and the Academic Audit of the University and had been given encouraging reports.
  • The UGC has recently sanctioned a Jawahralal Nehru study centre to the university
  • Goa university has established a remote sensing laboratory, with financial and technical assistance from the Indian Space Research Organisation.
  • The university is in the Western Ghats region, which is known to be rich in flora and fauna.
  • Goa University has set up a unit for fungus-culture collection and research.
  • Goa University has signed memorandum of understanding with a number of institutions, including the National Institute of Oceanography, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, Universidade Moderna and University of Aveiro in Portugal, National Centre for Software Technology, Mumbai, International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, among others.
  • Goa University offers a course on online programme in GIS, in association with the Centre for Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg, Austria.
  • Goa University's MCA (Master of Computer Applications) course conducted by Department of Computer Science and Technology (DCST) provides updated technical skills, industry level education, training for job (as part of 6th semester internship), an IT industry tour and holds a 100% placement record since its inception.

Recognised institutions

Recognised institutions functioning with Goa University recognition are:[11]

Students housing


Goa University telephone is +0091-832-2451345-48/75; 2456480-85 and fax +0091-832-2451184/2452889.


Bambolim Athletic Indoor Stadium is an indoor stadium located on the campus of Goa University.[12] The stadium was constructed for the 2014 Lusophony Games for events of volleyball and basketball. The stadium is named after Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee former Indian politician and the founder of Bhartiya Jana Sangh. The stadium has a seating capacity of 4000 and was inaugurated by Governor of Goa Bharat Vir Wanchoo in 2014.[13] It cost 82 crore and was built in 11 months which is a record for the construction of an indoor stadium of international standard. With a 131-metre sheet, the stadium is Asia's first stadium which has the longest single-sheet roof.


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  2. ^ "Goa University, Goa's premier University, Post Graduation, PH.D, B.SC, M.SC, Research Facilities Study India programme.". 
  3. ^ "Goa University, Goa's premier University, Post Graduation, PH.D, B.SC, M.SC, Research Facilities Study India programme.". 
  4. ^ "Goa University, Goa's premier University, Post Graduation, PH.D, B.SC, M.SC, Research Facilities Study India programme.". 
  5. ^ "Goa University, Goa's premier University, Post Graduation, PH.D, B.SC, M.SC, Research Facilities Study India programme.". 
  6. ^ "Goa University, Goa's premier University, Post Graduation, PH.D, B.SC, M.SC, Research Facilities Study India programme.". 
  7. ^ "Goa University, Goa's premier University, Post Graduation, PH.D, B.SC, M.SC, Research Facilities Study India programme.". 
  8. ^ "Goa University - Department of Management Studies". 
  9. ^ "Goa University Library". 
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  11. ^ "Goa University, Goa's premier University, Post Graduation, PH.D, B.SC, M.SC, Research Facilities Study India programme.". 
  12. ^ lusofoniagames
  13. ^ goacom

Further reading

  • Varde, Dr. P.S., History of Education in Goa, Directorate of Art & Culture, Government of Goa, Panaji, 1977.
  • Cabral, Ricardo. The Development of Teacher Education in Portuguese Goa (1841-1961) Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2009.

External links

  • Official website
  • India Access To Knowledge/Events/Konkani Vishwakosh Digitization
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