Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, informally known as DAVV (acronym), is a State University whose jurisdiction was initially restricted to Indore city. Later on, its jurisdiction was extended to seven tribal dominated districts of Indore division namely, Jhabua, Alirajpur, Dhar, Khargone, Khandwa, Burhanpur and Barwani. It is thus catering to the educational needs of the most industrially developed district of Madhya Pradesh, Indore on one hand and to the seven tribal and rural backward districts of the State on the other.
Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya formerly University of Indore was established in 1964 by an Act of Legislature of Madhya Pradesh. His Excellency Dr. Zakir Hussain, then Vice President of India, inaugurated the university in 1964. The jurisdiction of the university was limited to Indore district. In 1988, the university was renamed after the Holkar Maharani 'Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar' of the Maratha Empire as 'Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya'. The word vishwavidyalaya is Hindi for university, thus, the university is called Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya. During reorganization of the universities, its jurisdiction was expanded over to Indore division, which spans over seven districts. The executive committee of NAAC has awarded a four-star status to university in 2001 and also has won center of excellence award by Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. In year 2014 National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accredited the university as an A-grade university.
The university has its administrative offices and primary school campus on Rabindranath Tagore Marg in Indore. The Takshashila Campus on Khandwa Road is an extension campus directly administered by the university. The university regulates all the schools within the three campuses. There are many other colleges affiliated to the university in Indore division. The university has more than 300 affiliated colleges imparting education at under-graduate and post-graduate levels in basic and professional disciplines. The university has 9000 students in its campus and total over 300,000 students in affiliated colleges.
University spreads over an area of 760 acres in which academic classes holds in Takshila parisar (campus) of university which spreads over an area of 510 acres and Avanti parisar (campus) which spreads over 154 acres. Nalanda parisar (campus) is for administrative and official works which spreads over an area of 100 acres.
The University provides and nurtures research environment for promoting high quality original research. It offers Ph.D. and M. Phil. Programmes in all the subjects. The total enrolment in Ph.D. in 16 faculties stands at 1050 in 2013. Most of the departments have research projects funded by various agencies like UGC, CSIR, DBT, ICAR, DST, ICSSR, MPCST, and others. All the departments / schools of studies are actively engaged in research, publish in national and international publications, undertake sponsored research projects and have collaborations with organizations of repute. Faculty members have published nearly 1, 700 papers in peer reviewed/reputed journals, 72 chapters in books, 4 monographs, 14 edited books and 32 books in last four years. The faculty members have received National / State awards, and fellowships for their contribution in teaching and research. Some of the notable awards are Marie Curie Award, Humboldt Fellowship, Commonwealth Fellowship, INSA-DFG, Dr. R.B. Ekbote Prize (DST-MAS), UGC Career Award, DBT Overseas Award, Fellowships and Senior memberships of IETE and IEEE, Fellowship of World society of Cellular and Molecular Biology, France, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Srajan Samman, Rajiv Gandhi National Gyan Vigyan Moulik Pustak Lekhan Puraskar, Kailash Nath Katju Award and MPCST Researcher Award. University Teaching Departments have collaborations with International institutes of Hungary, USA, Russia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Canada and Taiwan to facilitate student – faculty exchange, training and collaborative research.
The following is the list of articles by scholars from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya that are published in OMICS International journals.