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About The University

  • Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramoday Vishwavidyalaya (MGCGV) is India's first rural university at Chitrakoot, India. The university is an institute dedicated for teaching, learning and research. Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidhyalaya was established by the Government of Madhya Pradesh through legislature by an Act (9, 1991) on February 12, 1991. To establish this university the effort was raised by Social activist Nanaji Deshmukh to skill the rural people to generate rural employment. The University is located on the bank of Holy River Mandakni near Sphatikshila at Chitrakoot.

    Chitrakoot is religious and serene place with scenic beauties. The place is associated with Lord Ram who spent most of his 14 years time in exile at Chitrakoot.

    The university has a great role to play in the field of rural development through higher education and in preparing innovative models of rural development. The MGCGV is presenting a new vision with a judicious blend of Indian culture and modernity for sustainable rural development. The University is mandated to develop human resource for the economic and social development of rural people, and develops and disseminates rural technology. 

    The University provides academic programmes up to doctoral level integrating all facets of rural development viz. science and environment, GIS and remote sensing, agriculture, agricultural engineering, small and agribusiness, rural management, traditional medicines, humanities, social science, arts, yoga, education, journalism and mass education, computer, information technology etc. in regular and distance education mode. It provides training facilities to personnel engaged in rural development in collaboration with the state government. MGCGV provides consultancy in all aspects of rural development. The university undertakes monitoring and evaluation of national and state-level development programmes, shares ideas and experiences in rural development work.