Bangalore University is a one of the oldest universities located in Bangalore, India. This public university was established in the year 1886 as the Central College, by the British Government. Later, it was named as the Bangalore University by the UGC on July 10, 1964. Being a part Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the University nears the status of "Potential for Excellence" which is given only for the top 10 universities around India and this excellence certificate is given under the Guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Various departments of the University are also named as Centres of Excellence by UGC.
The University of Bangalore now functions from two campuses -the Jnana Bharathi Campus and the Central College Campus. The Central College and the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) were colligated into the Bangalore University. With the announcement of the Karnataka State Universities Regulation of 1975, which aimed on the uniformity to all universities around state, the University of Bangalore lost its federal quality and turned into a state-affiliated university. And the University moved to the Jnana Bharathi Campus in 1973 which is located on 1,100 acres of land area. The Bangalore University gave rise to several universities such as Visvesvaraya Technological University, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences and the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.
The Bangalore University has an excellent Library with two wings, one in the Central College Campus which was established in 1858, and the other is at Jnana Bharathi Campus in 1966. With about 35,000 books, the library of Bangalore University is a good source for all subjects. This Library is housed in a Star Moduled building which has various wings for reference section, reading hall and stack rooms, administrative divisions, computer centre and periodical sections. The collection of books has attained 3,500,000 books now and it also grows at a rate of more than 5,000 titles yearly.
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