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ABOUT UNIVERSITY

Prelude

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, spreadover an area of 665.44 acres, is well laid with state-of-the-art buildings and magnificent road network, presents a spectacle of harmony in architecture and natural beauty. Educational and research programmes are offered through its 38 departments. There are as many as 12 Teaching Blocks, 19 Hostels, an elegant Vivekananda Library with 6 off-shoots, the majestic Tagore Auditorium equipped with modern gadgetry and amenities, spectacular Students Activity 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 550 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 1Gbps internet connectivity. A serene `Yajanshala’ addresses the spiritual and health needs of the campus community. Branches of State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank and Central Co-operative Bank are the other facilities available on the Campus.

Besides, the University runs three programmes through Satellite Institute, University Institute of Law & Management Studies (UILMS), Gurugram. LL.B (Hons ) 3- year Course is also likely to be started after approval of Bar Council of India

About 263 Institutions/Colleges of General Education, Engineering, Technology, Computer Sciences and Management Sciences located in 7 districts of the State are affiliated to this University.

University Library System

The University Library System comprises a central library named as Vivekananda Library and five satellite libraries – IMSAR Library, UIET Library, Maths Library, Law Library and IHTM Library. Strategically located, the Vivekananda library with excellent state-of-the art computer facilities and modern furniture is housed in a magnificent 3 storeyed building with 84000 sq. ft. carpet area and a seating capacity of 963 users, a separate air-conditioned reading hall with 80 seats for the researchers with another 14000 sq. ft. carpet area and 315 reading seats in its five off-shoots. An airconditioned reading hall with 250 seats remains open 24X7. The library system with the elegant Vivekananda library in the vanguard provides support for the academic and research pursuits, and acts as a repository of knowledge.

The Library has a rich collection of knowledge resources – 3,58,300 volumes of print books, 22624 e-Books, 15,947 theses and dissertations, and 53,513 bound volumes of journals. Besides, 462 Indian and 103 foreign journals are subscribed in print form. Online access is provided to SCOPUS, Emerald Management Plus, Manupatra, four CMIE databases and MLA International Bibliography and 24553 eJournals through J-Gate Plus.

All the functions of the library – acquisition system, cataloguing and classification, check-out check-in and serials control have been automated. Information KIOSKs are in place of accessing the online catalogue and other databases of the library. The airconditioned Internet lab of the library having 80 Internet connected computer terminals with 1Gbps bandwidth connectivity provides access to e-journals and other e-resources. Application of RFID technology for self check-out check-in with security gates has been implemented and the CCTV system for library security is in operation.

Open Access System is in vogue in the library system, presents an environment for the library users to have unhindered access to the learning resources, and inspires them to make use of library services. Library organizes awareness and orientation programmes from time-to-time to sensitize and educate the library users to understand knowledge organization of the library, know their privileges and acquire skills to use Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), trace information from information sources and use e-resources. Author workshops are organized for researchers to enlighten them about research writing and publish their research outputs. The University invests around Rs.400/- lac annually on the enrichment of knowledgebase, besides having substantial recurring and non-recurring budget for other library activities including upgradation of existing facilities.

Computing and Internet facilities

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.

Hostels

The University provides residential accommodation on the campus to over 4000 students in its 19 hostels – Ten for girls and eight for boys. 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.

Sports Facilities

The Directorate of Sports has produced many sportspersons of National and Inter-national repute including several Arjuna and Bhim Awardees - who brought laurels not only to the University and the State, but to the nation as well. For harnessing the potential of the youth and promoting sports, the University has created excellent infrastructure including Dr. Mangal Sen Multipurpose Gymnasium Hall with facility of Central A.C., Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Cricket Stadium of Inter – National Standard, Synthetic Athletics Track, Swimming Pool of International standard, Lawn Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Boxing Hall, Wrestling Hall, Kabaddi Hall, Judo Hall, Squash Hall, Separate Sports Hostel, Astroturf Hockey Ground is imminent and a sprawling sports complex having all playfields.

The Directorate of Sports of the University organizes approximate 70 Inter College tournament /games for men and women student players of the University Colleges/Institutes, organize Coaching Camps for selected student players and arrange to send the team in Inter University and World University games/tournaments.

The position holders are being awarded with handsome cash prizes every year during the Annual Sports Prize Distribution Function. With the state-of-the art infrastructure in place and strong emphasis on sports, the University can be adjudged as the ‘Sports nursery’ of State as well of the Nation in Sports.

Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)

One of the emerging challenges faced by any higher educational institution is the development, application and maintenance of quality benchmarks in all its key performance areas. To institutionalize the process of quality sustenance and enhancement, the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) has been established in the University. The IQAC in the university came into existence in 2003. It was reconstituted, as per the guidelines of UGC, on 12.07.2010. The IQAC is a nodal agency for ushering in the era of total quality management by working out intervention strategies to enhance overall quality in the institution.

University Centre for Competitive Examinations

The University Centre for Competitive Examinations (UCCE) is located on the first floor of Swaraj Sadan. The Centre has been providing guidance/coaching to the students since 1989, the year of establishment of the centre. The students competing for various examinations viz. Indian Civil Services (Preliminary), Haryana Civil Services (HCS), Bank Probationary Officer (PO) National Eligibility Test (NET), Combined Defence Services (CDS), National Defence Academy (NDA), NET, JRF, and Remedial Coaching in English etc. are given intensive coaching for the said examinations from time to time. For all kinds of coaching classes, a nominal token fee is charged from the students belonging to General Category. However, the SC/ST and BC candidates are not charged any fee for attending coaching classes. Students are registered for coaching classes, for which they are required to fill up a registration form and form is made available to the students in the office of UCCE. The teachers from different university teaching departments are on the panel to teach the classes. Classes are usually conducted in the evening session.

The Centre has a rich reference library which contains more than 8000 books, seven national newspapers, magazines and other useful study material pertaining to the competitive examinations for students and the teachers. Besides coaching the centre also organizes special lectures of experts on various contemporary issues for the benefit of students appearing in competitive examination.

University Health Centre

The University Health Centre, with one full time MBBS doctor and para medical staff caters to the primary health needs of the University community. It includes medical examinations of the students for fitness for various activities and events. Employees are given consultations for all diseases.

Routine investigations like urine examinations and blood tests are done for students. Medicines are provided to students patients free of cost. It provides health coverage to all sports events including students.

Health Education is imparted by means of various activities. Camps are held for AIDS awareness, blood grouping, sugar testing etc. The medical college situated next door to the M.D.University, Rohtak looks after emergencies and other problems regarding indoor admission.

National Service Scheme

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.

SC/ST Cell

The SC/ST Cell has been established by the University under sub-clause (1) of paragraph 6 of UGC guidelines, process the grievances of the members of SC/ST communities. It functions under the overall supervision of the Liaison Officer and works for the welfare of SC/ST candidates. It monitors the implementation of policies and programmes related to admissions, appointments and promotions of SC/ST candidates. The Cell endeavors to ensure the benefit of Central Govt. / State Govt. policies related to the welfare of SC/ST students and employees. The Cell is functioning under Prof.Des Raj, Liaison Officer, SC/ST Cell.

Foreign Students’ Cell

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.

Career Counseling and Placement Cell

University has established a Career Counseling and Placement Cell together information on job avenues and placements in different institutions and concerns related to the courses that the University offers. This information is analyzed in the local, regional and national context to explore its relevance utility for the students for their career counseling and placement needs. The cell organizes seminars and guidance workshops for informing students about the emerging professional trends and events, job profiles, leadership roles, entrepreneurship, market needs and risks. Training is also imparted through workshops related to communication skills, personality development, resume writings, confidence building, preparing for interview etc. Eminent industrialists, HR personnels and eminent persons in different fields are invited for delivering lectures wherein they help students in getting the latest market requirements and trends in the job market. Efforts are also made to help the students to develop 13 | P a g e healthy outlook and positive attitude. The Cell is housed on the second floor of Students’ Activity Centre.

Students’ Welfare Services

The University lays special emphasis on students’ welfare, and, therefore, has a full-fledged office for this purpose. The office is housed in a magnificent Students Activity Centre, equipped with all modern amenities. It has a Bookshop with all types of books and stationery, Cyber Café for internet surfing at competitive rates, canteen with facility for meals 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, dish linked LCD TV 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 Sports. The office 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 Courses, Personality Development Camp, etc. are organized every year

Five Zonal Youth Festivals and one Inter-Zonal Youth Festival consisting of 37 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 and Edufest for Colleges of Education are 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, Distt. Nainital (Uttrakhand),where group of students, teachers and non-teaching staff may for holidaying.

Film Club has been established on the campus for students. Two feature films are screened separately for boys and girls. To promote hobbies, various hobby clubs also function for students.

A supportive scheme `Samarth’ is also effective for differently abled students on the campus. Students’ Welfare Office also offers need-cum-merit scholarships and toppers award to students out of Dr.Radha Krishnan Foundation Fund every year.

A Skill Development Centre especially for communication skills and assessment procedures for SSB in Armed Services is run with the Support of Youth Welfare Fund.

Guidance and Counselling Cell – A Centre for Positive Health

University has established a “Guidance and Counseling Cell – A Centre for Positive Health” in the Department of Psychology for the University Facutly and with the objective to provide Health Care, Moral Boosting and Promotional Services. The Cell also provides Educational and Vocational guidance. In addition, to catering to the psychological needs of the students, the Centre provides personal and career counseling to them. Boosting harmonious relationship and developing effective communication skills at the campus are the primary objectives of the cell. Phone : 01262-393583 ( O )

Students’ Aid Fund

The Directorate of Students’ Welfare provides financial assistance to the poor and deserving students out of the Students’ Aid Fund, Dr. Radhakrishnan Fund, etc. in the form of lump-sum grants.

Youth Red Cross

University Youth Red Cross provides an opportunity to the students to devote part of their time to the service of humanity. It trains the volunteers by organizing First Aid and Home Nursing training, workshops relating to disaster management, rescue operations and how to save themselves and others in calamities (natural or man-made). Volunteers are trained through health and hygiene workshop, how to keep themselves healthy and also expect them to convey this to the masses. It also motivates them for blood and organ donation. It provides the opportunity to attend seven days YRC training camps organized by University Youth Red Cross, Indian Red Cross Merit Certificate and other awards. University Youth Red Cross works on the Motto of “Health, Service and Friendship.” Interested students can work in the service of humanity by joining Youth Red Cross Unit in UTD and Colleges/Institutes affiliated to Maharshi Dayanand University.

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