Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya (D.S.V.V.)

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Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya (D.S.V.V.) is a non-conventional centre of higher learning, education and research. It is an exceptional creation, which has born out of a unique vision of the ground-breaking scholar and visionary, Pt Shriram Sharma Acharya Ji (1911-1990), who was also a renowned social reformer and a celebrated freedom fighter. He was honoured by the Government of India for his meritorious services by releasing a postal stamp in his memory in the year 1991. He had the vision to establish a university devoted to the preservation and propagation of the Indian Culture, which to him was Dev Sanskriti, that could combine the precepts of practical knowledge (Shiksha) and spiritual education (vidya) to create truly enlightened individuals.

Pt Shriram Sharma Acharya believed that there is a need for an educational institution, which could mould its students into noble and enlightened human beings; selfless, warm-hearted, compassionate and kind. To achieve these goals that he had set in his lifetime for the radical change in the field of higher education; after he attained Samadhi in June 1990, his admirers and followers resolved to translate his vision into action by establishing a university and naming it as Dev Sanskriti. Acharya’s silent revolutionary movement is now well established as Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, which works with a primary focus of providing a confluence of modern education with the installation of human values in the students. The students are expected to follow a simple, spiritual lifestyle and they receive benefits from both; state of the art facilities and the wisdom of ancient traditional practices. This allows the university to provide noble citizens, who would channel their efforts towards the goal of a divine, value-based society. The university was established in the year 2002 based on an act (22.01.2002) passed by the state legislature of the Uttarakhand and notified in the gazette vide notification no. (123/vidhayi & sansadiya karya/2002 dated 11.04.2002). The university is duly recognized by the University Grants Commission and is privately sponsored by Shri Vedmata Gayatri Trust, Shantikunj, a renowned socio-spiritual organization. Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya remains devoted to its founding principles. This has established the university as an epitome of moral and technical education and has very pertinently addressed the need of academia of having an institution, which can extend solutions to modern-day problems with ancestral wisdom and can contribute to building the future of the country.

Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya is committed to:

  • Advocating and upholding the fundamental values of Indian Culture with an aim of global cultural & spiritual renaissance.
  • Advancing the intellectual, cultural and spiritual welfare of the students by reviving the education pattern of ancient times.
  • Sustaining sentiments of patriotism and service to the society.
  • Developing a new generation of professionals to spread the ancient Vedic wisdom.
  • Working with established National and International institutes to enrich the educational quality and spiritual activities around the world.
  • Maintaining High standards of ethics and quality in research, teaching and administration.

The lush campus of the university is set in the Himalayan surroundings and is both beautiful and state-of-the-art. The university has a well-equipped infrastructure in the form of an adequate number of lecture theatres with modern ICT facilities, laboratories, central and departmental libraries, auditoriums, sports and gym centre, health centre, amenities centre, student and faculty cafeterias, offices, full wi-fi connectivity, adequate security arrangements, yajna shala, herbal gardens, gaushala, museum, multi-modal polyclinic etc. It is a residential and nonaffiliated university with co-education facilities having separate hostels for boys and girls along with the residential facility for all the faculty and supporting staff.

In addition to offering undergraduate, post-graduate and post-doctoral programmes in a wide array of subjects such as Human Consciousness and Yogic Science, Psychology, Indian History and Culture, Theology, Computer Science and Application, Animation, Holistic Health, Tourism, Mathematics, Rural Entrepreneurship and Development, Environmental Science, Life Management, Scientific Spirituality, Languages, Education, Journalism and Mass Communication etc., the university specializes in the character development of its students through fostering an uplifted lifestyle based on the spiritual practices of east and the west. The result is well-rounded and dynamic graduates eager to channel their skills towards serving the needs of society.

The number of current faculties in the university is 119, out of which 66 possess PhD degrees in different disciplines. Approximately, more than 15000 students, either through regular or via distance mode, have completed their education from the University. These students have come from different states of the country reflecting a truly national character of the university. A unique feature of the university is seen in terms of Jeevandani (Life donors) and Samaydani (Time Donors) karyakartas (Volunteers) working as faculty and staff and contributions made by socially conscious people through a unique process of Anshdan (PartDonation), which allows it to meet all its capital requirements and shortfall in revenue expenses. It has a provision to provide fellowship and scholarship to all economically disadvantaged students. It is worth mentioning that the university does not charge any tuition fee but takes only maintenance charges towards the hostel, mess, library, laboratory and computers etc. The internship programme is also one of the distinguishing features of the education of this university. This unique programme not only guarantees that students would apply what they have learnt through the curriculum, but also presents an opportunity to them to gain valuable career-related experience, make contacts in their chosen field, and better the world through their knowledge. An internship is compulsory for every course, and a special department of the university helps every student find an internship that suits his or her needs.

The university is funded solely by an international socio-spiritual organization, All World Gayatri Pariwar, which includes over 4,000 social reform and social service training centres and an international research institute dedicated to the study of scientific spirituality. Hundreds of programs are being conducted by more than 5,00,000 volunteers worldwide in one of seven major areas of social reform. These include rural development, women empowerment, social reform, village autonomy, cultural revitalization, self-employment and free health and free education for all. The movement as a whole is fuelled by the active participation of over 100 million members and has branches in more than 40 countries.

The university has achieved many accolades not only in India but also abroad. The university has International Collaborations with esteemed International Institutions in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, China, Poland, Latvia, Indonesia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Korea. The university is also the proud host of the world-famous annual International Festival on Yoga, Culture and Spirituality. The research activities of the university are also appreciated at the international level and the university proudly publishes a biannual International Interdisciplinary Journal called Dev Sanskriti. Two of the last four convocations of the university were presided by the H E President of India, including the most recent one in December 2012, which witnessed the august presence of the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee as the Chief Guest. As a State Private University, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya has reached unimaginable milestones in the short journey of over 12 years. The growth had been comprehensive with collaborative efforts. The university ensures to contain its vision and at the same time indigenously innovate with global thinking. This approach has allowed it to venture into erudite interdisciplinary research within and outside India, for which, various global collaborative efforts are underway.

Aims and Objectives of The University

  • Dissemination of the tenets of Indian Culture and Human Values.
  • Education and Research in the disciplines of Dev Sanskriti and to promote a proper blend of Science and Spirituality.
  • Conducting research on various streams of science based on ancient Vedic Culture like Ayurveda, Science of
  • Mantras, Yogic Science, Psychology, Cosmology, Jyotish, Science of Yagya, Alternative Medicinal Therapies etc.
  • Teaching and Research in the fields related to self-employment, village management etc. with a view to usher a new social order based upon the vision of Kulpita Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya.
  • Providing a residential environment to re-establish the ancient Gurukul tradition.

A Commitment of The University

  • Advocating and upholding the fundamental values of Indian Culture with the aim of global cultural & spiritual renaissance.
  • Advancing the intellectual, cultural and spiritual welfare of the students by reviving the education pattern of the ancient times.
  • Sustaining sentiments of patriotism and service to society.
  • Developing a new generation of professionals to spread the ancient Vedic wisdom.
  • Working with established National and International institutes to enrich the educational quality and spiritual activities around the world.
  • Maintaining High standards of ethics and quality in research, teaching and administration.