The Shivaji University was established in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra in 1962. The University has jurisdiction over Kolhapur, Sangli, and Satara with 279 affiliated colleges and a campus covering an area of about 853 acres. Initially, the University had 34 colleges affiliated to it with jurisdiction in 5 districts. It was set up with an aim to cater to the educational needs of South Maharashtra. The vision of Shivaji University is to meet the Educational, Social, Cultural and Economic needs of the region of south Maharashtra and the nation to create a just and humane society. The University strives to provide the implementation of high-quality educational programs with a view to creating and developing a large enriched pool of selfless youth, capable of acquiring a good livelihood and meeting the ever-growing needs of a developing society. The University has its mission to promote and foster a culture of high-quality teaching and learning to serve the needs of the society by encouraging, generating and promoting excellence in research and extension activities.