Shivaji University
      Shivaji University (Marathi: शिवाजी विद्यापीठ), established in 1962, is in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. The university's campus is 853 acres (3.4519 km2), and is named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Maratha Empire.It was inaugurated on 18 November 1962 by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the president of India.Yashwantrao Chavan and Balasaheb Desai took the lead in establishing this university.

      Kolhapur, Sangli, and Satara come under its jurisdiction with 279 affiliated colleges and recognised institutes.One of the major objectives behind its foundation was to cater to the regional needs of South Maharashtra. The University's efforts towards excellence are being recognised by the substantial grants received from funding agencies like university grants comission (India), Department of Science and Technology (India), and DBT.Shivaji University has recently sugned MoU with Bhabha Automic Reaserch Center for reaserch in Material Science.It has also partnered with the Indian Institute of Geo-Magnetism, Mumbai and industries like Phyto-Pharma. Institutes including Maharashtra Police Acadamy and Nashik and Centre for Social Studies have sought affiliation with Shivaji University.

      In 1962 the University started functioning with 34 affiliated colleges and about 14000 students with 5 Post-graduate Departments on the campus. Today the number of affiliated colleges has gone upto 280 and students strength upto 3,00,000 with 34 Postgraduate Departments on campus. The University imparts education in 10 major faculties of Arts, Social Science, Science, Commerce, Education, Fine Arts, Law, Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Engineering and Technology.

      The Barr. B. Khardekar Library at Shivaji University is one of the leading university libraries in southern Maharashtra. It caters to the academic needs of students, faculty and other users from the university as well as visitors from other universities and institutes. The library has over 3.1 lakhs printed documents and it subscribes to over 298 national and international journals. The library is a member of UGC/INFONET Digital Library consortium of INFLIBNET. under which it has access to over 6000+ electronic journals and few electronic databases. It has established contacts with universities, national and international organizations libraries for inter-library loans.The library was named after the late Barr. Balasaheb Khardekar on 24 October 1981.