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Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa
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Taleigao Plateau
Taleigao Plateau
Goa, India
Pin Code : 403206

Goa University, Taleigao Plateau Goa is a University recognised by UGC.
Goa University is situated in Taleigao Plateau of Goa state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Goa University, Taleigao Plateau Goa is +91-832-2451184, 2451182, 2452889, 2452119.

Contact Person(s) of the Goa University, Taleigao Plateau Goa is (are): Prof Nandakumar Mekoth.

email ID(s) is Goa University Taleigao Plateau Goa

Website of Goa University, Taleigao Plateau Goa is www.unigoa.ac.in.

Registrar : Dr MM Sangodkar.

Contact Details of Goa University, Taleigao Plateau Goa are : Telephone: +91-832-2451345 to 48, 2456480-85,2456031,6519014, 6519019, 6519021
Vice Chancellor: Prof. P.S.Zacharias
Tel: 0832 2451576(O)2451374(R)
Fax: 2451184
Registrar: Dr. Mohan M Sangodkar, V P Kamat
Tel: 0832 2451376(O)2451373(R)
Fax: 2452889

Dr.M. M.Sangodkar,
(O): 0832-6519005
Fax:- 832-231019

Mr. M. Chakraborty,
(O): 0832-6519015
(M) 09422575575

Mr. Sachin Sembhai


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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.

Profile of Vice - Chancellor

Prof. Dileep Deobagkar, Ph.D. (IISc)
Goa University, Goa
Tel : 91-(0)832-6519000(O), 6519044 (R)
Fax : 91-(0)832-2451184
Email : vc@unigoa.ac.in

Dr. Dileep N. Deobagkar after completing graduate and post-graduate degree courses with distinction and first rank from Shivaji University, carried out doctoral research (Ph.D.) at the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1976. His work was in the field of Molecular Biology and tuberculosis on the topic 'Studies on t-RNA and Aminoacyl t-RNA Synthetases from Mycobacteria' and resulted in publication in internationally reputed scientific journals. Consequently, for the post-doctoral research, a Visiting Research Scientist position was awarded to Dr. Dileep N. Deobagkar under an International fellowship (Fogarty International Fellow) at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health in USA. He was appointed as a research staff scientist at the internationally reputed, the Yale University at the New Haven, USA where he worked in the frontline area of Genetic Engineering (Recombinant DNA Technology ) in eukaryotic systems. The work carried out in USA was published in high-ranking research journals such as Journal of Biological Chemistry, Proceeding of National Academy of Sciences, USA, Journal of Virology etc. Right from the advent of Biotechnology discipline at the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, he has been a member of various committees at the DST, CSIR, UGC and also DBT where the plans for National policies and research in modern biology as well as Biotechnology were developed.

With the basic training of research in Molecular Biology received at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, he has worked in the International research centers of repute such as the National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA, Molecular Biology and Biophysics group at the Yale University, USA and the Freie University, Berlin, Germany. He also contributed to training valuable human resource in the form of M.Phil. and Ph.D. students who are now working at various responsible positions in academic, research and industry in India and abroad. He has also actively participated in imparting short-term training to researchers from various universities and research institutes, as well as in formulation of syllabi in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and allied subjects for many Universities in India.

Prof. Dileep Deobagkar took charge as Vice Chancellor of Goa University on 20th June 2007. Prior to his joining this University, he was Professor of Molecular Biology and Director of Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, University of Pune where he joined as a Professor in 1985. He played a major role in the establishment of the latter, including securing large amount of grants after its establishment. There he also worked as Head of the Departments of Zoology, Microbiology, Biotechnology and Director of Bioinformatics center.

He was the general secretary of the Indian Science Congress held at Pune under the presidentship of Dr. R. A. Mashelkar in January 2000.

Prof. Deobagkar has traveled widely to U.S., Germany, Holland and China on various academic assignments. He has guided 15 Ph.Ds in Zoology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Microbiology and at present 5 students have registered for Ph.D. in Biotechnology. He has guided 11 students for M. Phil. in Zoology and Biotechnology and over 125 M. Sc. Research Projects in Zoology, Biotechnology and Microbiology. There are over 60 research papers to his credit which are published in National and International refereed journals.

Profile of University

The University was established in June 1985 around the nucleus of Centre for Post Graduate Instruction and Research of the University of Bombay in Goa. The University Campus is located on the outskirts of Panaji, the capital city and spread over nearly 173 hectares on the Taleigao plateau overlooking the scenic Zuari River joining the Arabian Sea.

At Goa University,we have one of the best teacher-students ratio and the different skills and backgrounds of our staff and students which encourage you to broaden your horizons. Almost all the Academic staff are engaged in their own research and are experts and enthusiasts in their own fields. This will add an exciting new dimension to the way you learn here.


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

The Taleigao plateau overlooks the beautiful Arabian Sea and the picturesque Dona Paula shores, a former beach village and now a tourist location. The University is also counted as one of the must-sees by many tourist guides, who route visiting tourists around this region.

The CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) of India's report says that the number of students during 2001-02 to 2005-06 in four departments of French, Philosophy, Portuguese and Center for Latin American Studies was less than five but total expenditure on these four departments was Rs 1.66 crore during 2001-2006. However GU claimed students opt for professional courses which causes low student-faculty ratio. While 31 percent of the academic posts were vacant - the recommendations of the Korgaonkar committee to reduce the staff are yet to be adopted.

It has also continued with full-fledged works division even after completion of major works. The expense on this division for a period between 2001-06 was Rs 3.51 crore, pointed out CAG report. Another anomaly pointed out in CAG report is though GU has taken possession of 163.02 hectares of land from PWD in May 1992 - till 2006 it had not conducted demarcation of boundary land. GU has also been rapped over transfer of land for convention center and IT park. It neither prepared any land use plan nor did it take any concrete steps to get the land (1.6302 kmĀ²) transferred from the State Government to the university's name[1]

While on one hand if GU claims to be hard pressed for funds which are needed to take up more challenging programmes - it's infrastructure for distance education created at a cost of 2.15 crore has remained largely unutilized.

This facility was established in 2001, and though infrastructure has the capacity to reach and provide distance education to over 5000 students, the university had not commenced any course under distance education mode. Thus infrastructure created at the cost of Rs 2.15 crore largely remained unutilized, says CAG report.

Goa University has also accumulated deficit of university amounting to Rs 7.73 crore. It has not adopted the accrual system of accounting.

Maharashtra is a big brother to Seven Sisters

Mumbai: At a time when lack of education and opportunities, unchecked infiltration, negligence and discrimination is leading the youth of North-East astray, Maharashtra is doing its bit to give direction to the youngsters to bring a positive change in their lives.About 200 students from the remote areas of north-eastern states are seeking education at various places in Maharashtra and the cost and responsibility is borne by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sanghs Jan Kalyan Samiti Purvanchal Vikas, the organisation which brings these students here. About 20 such students are studying in the city.

Sonam Lyngdoh and Moni Phawa, both studying in standard X in New English School, come from the hilly district of Jaintia in Meghalaya. Access to good education is a problem in the North- East. Good schools and institutes are limited to big cities like Shillong while most of the region is deprived of basic facilities. We realise the difference after spending seven years in Pune,, said Sonam. They were labelled as foreigners in the school initially. Now we feel at home. Living in the rest of India makes a difference, said Moni. Both came to the city in 2003 through Jan Kalyan Samiti and are staying at the hostel run by the Samiti on Tilak Road.

A member of the local committee which looks after the students in Pune, Sunita Bapat says, When you enter the remote areas of north-east, you will see children sitting in open classrooms. A shelter is put up and students of different standards sit together while two or three teachers are seen managing all the classes.

Rikil Chyrmang, who completed his Masters in Economics from Goa University with the help of Jan Kalyan Samiti says, Lack of proper education has serious social and economic implications, which have hampered our growth. There is a feeling of insecurity among the youth there. They dont feel that they are a part of India. With no quality education, they have no access to proper livelihood and many of them fall prey to the separatists movement.

Rikil is into research on effects of Bangladeshi infiltration on Assams economy at Centre for Development Studies in Trivandrum. He hopes to go back and work for the development of his region.

Our aim is to help them develop a vision and go back to make a difference in the North-East, says Poonam Mehta, incharge of Jan Kalyan Samiti in the city. She adds, We are bringing students to the city for the last 16 years. We support them till they complete their HSC or graduation, depending on their progress. We run one hostel in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad each for girls and boys respectively. Many of our students are working in the North-East.

Aiomsciar Khongsdam did her MBBS in Kolhapur and is now serving at a rural hospital in Meghalaya. Her sister Shaiflin did nursing in the city and went back to serve in her home state. Another student Madras Dhakr is serving as a manager in Nabard at Imphal, she says. Delina Khongdup, who did her bachelor in law from the city is now coming back to do her masters after serving in Meghalaya for a few years, adds Mehta.

Goa University to have Mario Miranda, Anthony Gonsalves chairs

Panaji: Legendary cartoonist Mario Miranda and Bollywood music composer Anthony Gonsalves, both natives of Goa, have been honoured posthumously with the establishment of two chairs in their names in Goa University.

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Thursday handed over a grant of Rs.45 lakh to the university`s vice chancellor, Dr. Dilip Deobagkar, to establish the two Chairs -- one for research in fine arts, painting and illustrative cartooning (the Mario Miranda Chair) and another for research in Western music (the Anthony Gonsalves Chair).

The grant is also for the establishment of a third chair to honour Goan devotional singer Nana Shirgaonkar.

These chairs have been established to honour the great sons of the soil. It was a part of the promise made by me in this year`s budget, Parrikar said.

Goa University: Animal dissections to be phased out

PANAJI: The Goa University has decided to form a standing committee to deliberate on phasing out animal dissections in state institutions.

This follows the Union ministry of environment and forests ban on the use of live animals for dissections and experiments in educational and research institutions.

State varsity registrar Vijayendra Kamat said, An official standing academic committee will be formed to discuss the issue of phasing out animal dissections (in institutions). The committee meeting will be held either this month or in June, and based on the decision taken, circulars will be issued to colleges offering zoology and other life science courses.

Pointing out that MoEFs directions are binding on universities and institutions across the country, Kamat added, Once the rules are enforced, they will have to be followed by all institutions.

MoEF has taken initiatives to introduce multimedia, computer-based humane alternatives, which will soon be incorporated in curriculums across India. Through these, an interactive virtual environment will be created to simulate several common tasks performed during dissections. Animal mannequins will also be used.

MoEF issued guidelines-based on the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1960)-to the University Grants Commission, ministry of health and family welfare, Pharmacy Council of India and Medical Council of India, to discontinue dissections and experiments with live animals in universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals and laboratories.

It offered alternatives like computer simulations and mannequins. It further suggested that animals protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972- particularly frogs and fish- should not be experimented on as they are caught in the wild and their indiscriminate removal from natural habitats disrupts the biodiversity and ecological balance.

College heads in Goa are awaiting GU instructions for the upcoming academic year, 2012-2013. Sources said that in Goa, mice are bred for experiments while frogs are caught. Once the rule is laid down it must be followed, said Gopal Krishna Rao, principal, Goa Pharmacy College, Panaji. The institutes curriculum requires animal experiments.

The MoEF directions, incidentally, are a reinforcement of the UGCs guidelines of December 25, 2011. Students at the undergraduate level cannot use animals during experiments and class work.

Goa University website to list legitimate institutes soon

PANAJI: The Goa University will soon upload on its website a list of recognized state-based institutes of higher education. Varsity registrar Vijayendra Kamat said the university is trying to upload this list before the start of the new academic year. He added that students could also verify if the institute they are joining is recognized or not by visiting the websites of the University Grants Commission and the Association of Indian Universities.

Many institutes issue huge advertisements in newspapers to attract students, but students after joining realize the institutes are not recognized, said Kamat. He was addressing Saturdays inaugural of an education fair at Kala Academy, Panaji. A police press note on May 18 had told of a cheating case registered against the director of a Porvorim-based institute for fashion design, following a plaint filed by a first-year student.

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