Dr. L. Gomathi Devi
Maharani Cluster University, Bangalore
It is a great honor and privilege for me to be the founding Vice-Chancellor of the Maharani Cluster University (MCU). I believe that establishment of the Cluster University is an innovative and a strategic intervention in the higher education sector of the State. The MCU has been established under “Karnataka State Universities Amendment Act 2019,” and the infrastructure development is funded through the RashtriyaUchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development. I deem it an honor and with pride share the glorious history of this premier institute for Women’s Education, Established in 1938 by the Queen Regent of Mysore, Maharani Kemparajammanni Divya Sannidhi, mother of His Highness Sri Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar. The MCU has been created by pooling the resources of three existing colleges-Maharani’s Science College for Women as the Lead College, Maharani Women’s Arts Commerce and Management College and Smt VHD Central Institute of Home Sciences. The aesthetically designed heritage buildings of Science, Arts, Commerce and Home Science colleges are situated amidst a sprawling campus of over the 15.3 acres with lush greenery. These three constituent colleges of the Cluster University have adequate academic, physical and technical infrastructural facilities and the mission of MCU would be to lead these colleges into advanced schools of learning. The university has excellent and state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities conducive to higher teaching-learning environment and research. The main objective of the University is to provide higher education of global standards. Highly experienced and well qualified faculty members, continuously engaged in the maintenance and enhancement of student-centric learning environment through innovative pedagogy, form the backbone of the University.
MCU is dedicated to provide congenial academic environment for nurturing young minds to take on the challenges posed by globalization and advancements in different areas of knowledge. In consonance with the vision of country's top leadership as reflected in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the university focuses on producing trained human resource which has extensive knowledge, modern skills, diverse abilities, leadership qualities, entrepreneurial abilities, and strong cultural and ethical values as guiding spirit. Importantly, the courses offered are very carefully designed keeping in view the functionality of output to bridge the gap between higher education and employment.
The greatest resource of the University are the students nearly about 10,000, that fill its classrooms and state of the art facilities housing in five eminent Schools, namely, School of Humanities & Liberal Arts, School of Sciences, School of Commerce & Management, School of Home Science and School of Languages and Literature offering Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies. The academic programs are delivered with Top-notch teaching skills from well qualified and experienced academic staff utilizing modern state-of-the-art ICT enabled facilities. The School of Science has been conferred with 'College of Potential for Excellence' by the UGC in 2016. The Post Graduate departments have been further strengthened through FIST programme of Department of Science &Technology in 2016. In addition, 7 departments of the school have been bestowed with prestigious Star College Scheme of DBT, Government of India in 2016.
To deliver a better student journey, The University invests in entrepreneurship development activities that complement classroom experiences. Structured training programs on soft-skills and preparatory training for competitive examinations are offered. Emphasis is also being placed on industry placements to fulfil our vision of developing career-ready graduates and global citizens. The University has been benchmarking its teaching and research processes by increasing its interface with foreign educational institutions through faculty exchange, student exchange, joint research, joint conference and joint publications. In this direction a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Harrisburg University, of Science and technology, Pennsylvania USA for STEM programme has been made. We are in the process of implementing many more such initiatives.
The university has achieved outstanding achievements in multifarious activities such as sports, cultural, co-curricular, extra-curricular and extension activities. Extracurricular activities like NCC (National Cadet Corps), NSS, Bharat Scouts & Guides, Rangers and Indian Red Cross Society ( IRCS) have ensued in recognition of the university as an ensemble of a multilayered educational system. Maharani Cluster University will strive relentelessly to provide a sincere, compassionate, inspiring and stimulating environment in which our students swot and progress. Our prime purpose is to provide an education which explores and strengthens the potential which is innate in every individual but awaiting expression. MCU also has over the years established specially designated ‘Centres’ -Gandhian Studies and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Studies.
MCU is now well placed to capitalize on its formative years and we reiterate our endeavor to provide premium quality education accessible to all and an environment for the growth of over-all personality development. Being the founding Vice-Chancellor of Maharani Cluster University, Bengaluru, at this important juncture in its evolution, I have great pleasure in welcoming the students to achieve the knowledge and virtue though multidisciplinary learning opportunities with an all round personality emphasis development at Maharani Cluster University. Looking forward to the fresh ideas and energy you bring to our campus and I am confident that your stay at MCU will be a rewarding journey.