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It’s interesting to know how Jain University (JU) was formed in a span of just 22 years. In 1990, Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College was started with 36 students and six teachers.

education Updated: Jun 27, 2012 16:31 IST
Shruthi Balakrishna
Shruthi Balakrishna
Hindustan Times

Jain University, Dr A N Krishna Rao Road, V V Puram, Bangalore

It’s interesting to know how Jain University (JU) was formed in a span of just 22 years. In 1990, Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College was started with 36 students and six teachers. Interestingly, except for three students (all girls), the remaining failed. Determined, the founder worked towards improving the education. Result: the college came to considered one of the best in Bangalore.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) declared it deemed-to-be-university in 2008-09. With five campuses in Bangalore, JU has 5,816 students. It offers more than 100 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels. Sports are an integral part of the curriculum. The varsity’s RCJ Centre for Entrepreneurship boasts to have created about 50 entrepreneurs with a net worth of Rs. 250 crore.

Katumba Joseph, an MS communication student from Uganda, finds it “good” to study here. “...we have so many options to study, which is an advantage. It’s been five years since I came to Bangalore. The initial days were different. However, over time, I got used to the city. Being in Bangalore is a good experience and I got to learn a lot from the culture.”

In 1990, Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College was established. The University Grants Commission declared the college as deemed-to-be-university in 2008-09. The university is promoted by Jain University Trust, managed by Jain Group of Institution

Programmes & cut-off
The university offers eight bachelors’ degrees in more than 70 majors, 15 masters’, two single-degree integrated masters’, two research programmes; seven courses are offered in PUC (pre-university college — equivalent to Class 12). There are several value added courses as well. The cut-off for commerce is 86%; BSc - 60%; BA - 65%; BCA - 76% and BBM - 88%. In BCom, besides regular subjects, students also get to study diploma or certified course, like capital markets

The varsity has 465 teachers of which 100 are scientists and 100 visiting faculty. Some of the visiting teachers are retired professors or those working in industry. There is a 2,000-strong non-teaching staff

UG admissions start after the PU (Class 12) result is announced in Bangalore and close when all seats are filled up. BBM applicants appear for a test and GD/PI

Game for more
Around 160 acres of Jain Global Campus is devoted to sports. It also has football and hockey pitches, tennis courts, a six-hole golf course and an international standard cricket ground with five strips of turf wickets to host international and national level cricket matches. The outdoor facilities include a multi-purpose sports hall with four badminton courts with gerflo synthetic flooring, one basketball court with wooden flooring, table tennis hall with 15 tables, bowling alley - four lane, two glass-backed squash courts, air-conditioned gyms etc

Masti dhamal
Precipice, an all-India management fest, is usually held in December. Another management fest, Threshold, too, is held in December. Lasya, a national cultural event, is hosted in February. Other events include theatre festival Abhinaya and all-India sports extravaganza VIE both of which take place in January

Book nook
The university library has a team of subject specialist librarians and other employees. It has a seating capacity for more than 100. Its main collection has 111,085 books. It also has CDs, DVDs and journals. More than 120 national and international periodicals are available. PCs and laptops are at hand

A drink and a bite
All the five campuses have cafeterias. The university has a multi-cuisine cafeteria. However, only vegetarian food is served in the canteen at affordable prices

“Empowering youngsters, promoting education and entrepreneurship to ensure that there is significant growth in both these areas is an important way to contribute to society and the country” -R Chenraj Jain, founder chairman, Jain University

First Published: Jun 27, 2012 16:26 IST