The University of Pune came into existence on February 10th 1949, with Dr.M.R.Jaykar as its first Vice-Chancellor. Presently the Univeristy of Pune is a leading University in India covering three district in Maharashtra - Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik. The main educational programs and offerings of the Univeristy of Pune are extended through a comprehensive course structure, with traditional and modern delivery mechanisms. More than 400 course programs covering different disciplines are offered at the Graduate and Post-Graduate levels. Doctoral research is conducted in a wide range of fields. The number of colleges affiliated to the University of Pune, and its student population has rapidly increased over the years. One of the distinctive features of the University is its large and growing international student community. In fact, the University of Pune is the most preferred destination for international students coming to India.
Currently the University of Pune is one of the largest Universities in the world with more than five lakh students studying in 52 Post-Graduate Departments and Research Centers, 6 Interdisciplinary Centres, 466 Graduate Colleges and 232 Recognized Institutions affiliated to the Univeristy.
The University of Pune (UoP) and its affiliated colleges function within the broad framework of the education policy laid down form time to time by Government of Maharashtra and Government of India. The Maharashtra State Government gives grants and aids to the University of Pune and its affiliated colleges mainly for payment of salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff. The Univesity Grants Commission (UGC) has recognized the University of Pune and most of its affiliated colleges. All development grants are sanctioned by the UGC and other funding agencies such as the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC), and Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govenment of India.