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Maharshi Dayanand University, ab initio established as Rohtak University, Rohtak, came into existence by an Act No. 25 of 1975 of the Haryana Legislative Assembly in 1976 with the objective to promote inter-disciplinary higher education and research in the fields of environmental, ecological and life sciences. It was rechristened as Maharshi Dayanand University in 1977 after the name of a great visionary and social reformer, Maharshi Dayanand. It had a unitary and residential character in its nascent stage, but became an affiliating University in November 1978. The University secured the recognition of University Grants Commission – the higher education regulatory body of India - for central Govt. grants in Feb. 1983.
The University is located at Rohtak in the state of Haryana - about 75 kms from Delhi on Delhi-Hisar National Highway (NH-10), and is about 240 kms from Chandigarh, the State Capital. It is well connected both by rail as well as road. Rohtak is the education hub of the State with excellent facilities for education in all fields of knowledge.
The University campus, spread over an area of over 665.44 acres, is well laid with state-of-the-art buildings and magnificent road network, and presents a spectacle of harmony in architecture and natural beauty. Educational and research programmes are offered through its 36 departments. There are as many as 10 Teaching Blocks, 10 Hostels with another 10 in the offing, an elegant Vivekananda Library with 6 off-shoots, the majestic Tagore Auditorium equipped with modern gadgetry and amenities, spectacular Students Activities Centre, Campus School, Health Centre, Faculty House, Sports Stadium, Swimming Pool, Multipurpose Gymnasium Hall, Community Centre, Printing Press, Canteens, Shopping Complex, and an Administrative Block. About 520 residential units are available for the faculty members and non-teaching staff. There is a very robust Campus Wide Network – an amalgam of cable and wi-fi technologies, with 1 Gbps internet connectivity. A serene ‘Yajanshala’ addresses the spiritual and health needs of the campus community. Branches of State Bank of India and Central Co-operative Bank are the other facilities available on the Campus.
Besides, the University runs Law and Management programmes through University Institute of Law & Management Studies (ULIMS), Gurgaon.
Over 580 Institutions/Colleges of general education, Engineering, Technology, Computer Sciences and Management Sciences located in 10 districts of the State are affiliated to this University.
The University Library System comprises a central library named as Vivekananda Library and a host of satellite libraries - Management Library, Law Library, Engineering Library, Maths Library, Hotel Management Library, and Departmental Libraries in the Departments of Sociology and History. The Vivekananda Library is so strategically located that it is just five minutes walk from the departments and the hostels. It is housed in a magnificent three storeyed building with 84000 sq. ft. area and a seating capacity of 800. It opens from 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. on six days of the week, and from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. One of its Reading Halls with seating capacity of about 250 keeps open round the clock throughout the year. The Hall is air-conditioned. The reading chairs meet all levels of comfort and modernism. All the functions of the library – check-out check-in, catalogue, serials system, and acquisition system - are automated. Information Kiosks are in place for accessing the online catalogue and other databases of the library. The Internet lab of the Library has been designed elegantly – it is air-conditioned, and has a bandwidth connectivity of 1 Gbps, 60 latest PCs, beautiful furniture, etc. The multimedia library has 20 latest PCs and headphones each, and provides facilities for development of communication skills and watching audio/video CDs in a variety of subjects. Its one-to-one videoconferencing facility is wrapped around state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The Library has a rich collection of knowledge resources - over 2,50,000 volumes of books and 50,000 bound volumes of journals, and subscribes to 540 Indian and foreign journals in print form. Online access is provided to 5300 e-Journals through UGC Infonet facility, over 200 e-Open Access Journals, SCOPUS- an Elsevier owned database of abstracts from about 18,000 science and social journals, e-Emeralds Plus- a full text database of management journals published by Emerald Group, and Manupatra- a full text law database. The University invests over Rs. 200 lakhs annually on the enrichment of its knowledge base, besides having substantial recurring and non-recurring budget for other library activities including upgradation of existing facilities. The Library also maintains Campus-wide Network, IP-based Telephony system and University’s website, and offers B.L.I.Sc. and M.L.I.Sc. Courses through distance mode under the aegis of Directorate of Distance Education.
The University has a robust state-of-the-art Campus Wide Network. It is wrapped around OFC and wi-fi technologies. All the departments/offices/hostels are linked to the Campus Network. The University has a Computer Centre for the benefit of students, research scholars, teachers and other staff. The Computer Centre conducts computer awareness programmes for the staff from time to time, and facilitates analysis of research data of the research scholars. Besides the central facility, majority of the departments have their own computer labs.
The University provides residential accommodation on the campus to over 2500 students in its 10 hostels – five each for girls and boys. The construction of 10 more hostels - 5 each for boys and girls- has been undertaken. The new hostels, each with accommodation for 250 residents, will be ready by mid-2011.
Maintenance of salubrious and caring environment in the hostel complexes and provision of hygienic food at reasonable charges always remains the endeavour of the university authorities. Mess in each hostel is run by the residents on cooperative basis. Each hostel has facilities for indoor games, recreation, STD, and canteen. Some hostels have been provided Wi-Fi internet connectivity, while extension of this facility to other hostels is in the offing. Each Girls’ Hostel is looked after by a full time Lady Warden. There is a Cyber Café with 30 PCs in the Girls’ Hostels complex. Besides internet surfing, it has facilities for computer printing, typing, photocopying service packed eatables, cold drinks, and coffee.
The Directorate of Sports has produced many sportspersons of national and international repute – 7 Arjuna and 5 Bhim Awardees - who brought laurels not only to the University and the State, but to the country at large. For harnessing the potential of the youth and promoting sports, the University has created excellent infrastructure including an ultra modern Gymnasium Hall for all indoor activities, a Swimming Pool of international standard, Squash Court, Boxing Ring, Wresting Hall, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, and a sprawling sports complex having all playfields. The synthetic Athletics Track, and Astroturf Hockey ground are imminent. The Directorate hosts about 60 inter-college tournaments for men and women players of the colleges affiliated to M.D. University, Rohtak, and organizes coaching camps for its students and deputes the teams for participation in inter-university tournaments and national games. With the state-of-the-art infrastructure in place and emphasis placed on sports, the University can be adjudged as the ‘sports nursery’.
The University Centre for Competitive Examinations, ever since its establishment in 1989, has been continuously striving to guide the students in electing their careers. The Centre arranges coaching classes for the students aspiring to compete for various competitive examinations such as Indian Civil Services (Preliminary), Haryana Civil Services, Bank Probationary Officers, Inspectors of Income Tax and Central Excise, National Eligibility Test/ State Lecturers Eligibility Test, Combined Defence Services, National Defence Academy, CEET/ Engineering etc. Remedial coaching classes to develop skills in English and extension lectures for different courses are also organized. A nominal fee is charged from the students of General Category, while SC/ST and BC students are provided free coaching. Classes are conducted in the evening to enable as many students as possible to avail of this facility. Teachers for coaching are drawn from different departments of the University. The Centre has a rich reference Library which subscribes to a good number of newspapers and magazines. The University spends over Rs. 6.00 lakhs on UCCE activities every year.
The University Health Centre, with one full time doctor and para medical staff on its establishment, caters to the primary health care needs of the student community and the University employees. However the University of Health Sciences, located next door to the University, meets all the major health care requirements of the University community.
The National Service Scheme provides an opportunity to the students to understand, appreciate and imbibe the socio-economic conditions and problems of the society and to inculcate in them a sense of social consciousness and dignity of labour as well as bring them closer to the community. Students enrolled under the Scheme have to render 120 hours of Community Service, and to participate in a 7-day NSS Special Camp every year. The students also get opportunities to participate in the Youth Leadership Training Camp, Youth Festivals, National Integration Camps, Adventure Programmes, etc. University NSS Merit Certificates are bestowed upon the NSS volunteers on the completion/fulfillment of prescribed conditions. In addition, the best NSS volunteers are decorated with awards at Unit/District/University level each year.
The SC/ST Cell, established by the University for the welfare of the SC/ST and other reserved category candidates, acts as a watchdog for the effective implementation of the policies and programmes relating to appointments, promotions, admissions, etc. of the candidates belonging to these categories. The Cell ensures that the benefits of State/Central Govt. policies reach the deserving persons.
The University has a full-fledged Foreign Students’ Cell. The Cell, headed by a Senior Faculty Member, provides guidance and help to the international students through a ‘single window system’. There is a provision for creation of additional supernumerary seats for foreign students in the departments/institutes.
The Career Counseling and Placement Cell helps the students in their educational and vocational planning It provides information on employment trends, projects development, recruitment methods, occupational reviews, scholarships and fellowships in India and abroad, assistance in securing part-time/full-time employment/self-employment, and help in seeking admissions in various institutions and universities. The Cell conducts surveys, arranges coaching classes for various competitive examinations, and organizes training programmes and workshops for development of personality and communication skills to place them on sound footing to face interviews and other challenges in their career.
The Cell, through the Department of Psychology, provides Health Care and Promotional Services to the students, and addresses their psychological needs to help them develop healthy outlook and positive attitude.
The University lays special emphasis on students’ welfare, and, therefore, has a full-fledged Directorate for this purpose. The Directorate is housed in a magnificent Students Activity Centre, equipped with all amenities which a student can think of. It has a Bookshop with all types of books and stationery, Cyber Café for internet surfing at competitive rates, canteen with facility for repast and other eatables and soft beverages available at affordable prices, Conference Hall with Internet connectivity, well-designed modular furnished separate Common Rooms for boys and girls with the facilities of newspapers, magazines, and indoor games, and above all, a rendezvous for student community to channelize their free time.
It organizes various activities in every stream of Art, Culture and Adventure. The Directorate shares the expenditure of educational tours organized by various teaching departments. Bus and railway pass facilities are facilitated to the students. A large number of camps and adventure courses like Trekking, Youth Leadership Training Camps, Rock Climbing, Snow Skiing, Value-based Spiritual Course, Personality Development Camp, etc. are organized.
Six Zonal Youth Festivals and one Inter-Zonal Youth Festival consisting of 40 events of Music, Dance, Theatre, Literary, Fine Arts and Culture are organized during an academic session. A Techno-Management Fest, especially designed for the students of Engineering, Management and other technical Institutions, is also organized. These galas are organized in a splendid auditorium named as Tagore Auditorium, equipped with modern audio-video system. The University has its own Holiday Home-cum-Youth Centre at Dhanachulli, Dist. Nainital.