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About Banasthali University

University, established in 1935, is the world’s largest residential university for women, doing pioneer work in its field for more than eight decades.

The ‘Banasthali story’ has no parallel across the globe. It originated in only of its kind situation when a father lost his promising daughter before its hour and decided to train other girls the same way. Thus, Banasthali embarked upon its journey with only five students way back in 1935 when the concept of education for the girl child virtually didn't exist. The founders went door to door to recruit students. There was no question of charging any fee and they also went door to door to collect donations to carry out their dream.

That small experiment, over the last eight decades, has blossomed into world’s largest fully residential women’s university having 15000 students on its 850-acre campus situated amidst rural settings in Rajasthan and having a distinct educational ideology and offering a variety of programmes from nursery up to doctoral level across a wide spectrum of disciplines to prepare enlightened citizens with strong value-base.

Banasthali University has been on the forefront ever since it commenced an innovative experiment in women’s education. As a premier university for women’s education, the university is known the world over for educational facilities is nestled in a serene and pious environment amidst an ambience of Indian ethos & culture. Banasthali aims at synthesizing and balancing scientific achievements and spiritual values of the east and of the west to prepare women for enlightened leadership roles in all walks of life.

Banasthali’s educational ideology is based on the concept of five-fold education comprising of physical, practical, aesthetic, intellectual and, above all, moral aspects to develop an integrated and balanced personality of the students besides the requisite professional training. It believes in simple living and high thinking. The Vidyapith has kept pace with the changing times but has never compromised with its core principles.

Banasthali is a comprehensive university offering graduate and post-graduate programmes in a vast variety of disciplines such as Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Bio-technology, Bio-science, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Electronics, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Fine Arts, Management, Aviation, Science, Education, Home Science, Design, Pharmacy, Law, Commerce and Journalism & Mass Communication.

The campus has world-class infrastructure including 25 academic blocks, 47 hostels for students and more than 500 staff quarters. Vidyapith has its own flying club and licensed air strip, fleet of aircrafts and a well recognized and approved Aviation school. Banasthali is the only university in India with its own flying club. Besides world-class university infrastructure, the Vidyapith has its own FM Radio station, 100-bed hospital, Horse-riding facility with stable and excellent sports facilities. The university is providing high quality education at most affordable cost to women hailing from all parts of India and from overseas. Of late, it has ventured into internationalization and has exchange programmes with several universities across the globe.

The University provides ample opportunity for industrial interactions through trainings and internships and attains close to 100% placements in various technical fields. Banasthali graduates are known the world over for their leadership qualities and have become governors, corporate chief executives, international sportspersons, renowned artists and musicians, leading administrators, eminent educationists, social activists, and have by and large brought radical transformation in their families, organizations and surroundings.

The University has received the highest possible accreditation from the only accrediting body by the Government of India. It has also been ranked 29th nationally. Incidentally it is the only women’s university to feature amongst the top 100 universities. It has been felicitated with FICCI’s ‘The University of the Year’ Award 2015, and the ‘Best Value Based Educational Institution Award’ in 3rd CCI Technology Education Excellence Awards 2015. It also features amongst the QS top universities in India in Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Art & Design, Management etc.

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