YCMO University

Maharashtra has a long and rich tradition of educational reforms. Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Bhaurao Patil, Swami Ramanand Teerth and other great thinkers and reformers have contributed to educational philosophy and movement in the state. It was therefore appropriate that the state realized the need of an open university, The university was established on 1st July, 1989 through Act XX of 1989 of the Maharashtra State Legislature, Yashwantrao Chavan, Maharashtra Open University, Nashik

By virtue of the statutory powers conferred by an act XX (1989) of Maharashtra state legislature and accepted and recognized by the ‘University Grants Commission of India’, this university is fully empowered to award various academic certifications like certificates, diplomas, and graduate, post-graduate, doctoral degrees. All programmes, including the architecture graduate and post-graduate programmes, are duly recognized and approved by different boards and councils including the “Council of Architecture (CoA)

For all engineering diploma and degree programmes, where equivalence status is not explicitly mentioned, university has already initiated recognition and equivalence procedures, with appropriate authorities like “Board of Technical Education” or “All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)”.. All these degree and post-graduate degree programmes are duly recognized and approved by the ‘University Grant Commission (UGC)’. Hence, these programmes are equivalent to the respective programmes offered by any other statutory university in India, for the purpose of employment, promotion and further education.

Vice Chancellor:


Prof. (Dr.) Manikrao  Madhavrao Salunkhe

          Prof. (Dr.) Manikrao   Madhavrao Salunkhe  obtained his  doctoral   degree in Organic Chemistry in 1979 from Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India. After working for a year in a college, he joined this University as Lecturer in 1980 and was Reader in Organic Chemistry from 1989 to 1995. Dr.   Salunkhe  was  selected  as  Professor   of Organic  Chemistry  in  1995  at  the prestigious Institute of Science (former Royal Institute of Science, Bombay) at Mumbai, where he later became Head, Department of Chemistry (1997) and then Director (2002-2004).Under his dynamic and visionary leadership, the Institute established itself as one of the highly acclaimed centers in India for advanced studies and research in science.

         He worked as Vice-Chancellor of Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra from 11th June, 2004 to 2nd March.2009. He was appointed First Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Rajasthan by the President of India, in his capacity as the Visitor of the University and has served as such with effect from 3rd March, 2009 to August,2014. Prof. M.M. Salunkhe has recently taken over as Vice Chancellor, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nashik w.e.f. 19th August, 2014 which is regarded as one of the premiere Open Universities in the country.

         The research interests of Dr. Salunkhe include areas such as polymeric reagents, oligo- nucleotides and ionic liquids in which he has made important contributions.  He has 142 research publications plus one patent to his credit, most of them being in international journals of high impact factor.    He has guided 34 research students for their doctoral degrees. He has post-doctoral research experience of having worked at Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), Institute for Organic Chemie, Universitat Wein (Austria), North Western University (USA) and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India)

          Prof. Salunkhe has participated in more than 40 national and 10 international conferences. He has visited, delivered invited lectures, attended conferences and chaired scientific sessions in several countries including U.K., Israel, West Germany, Japan and Czechoslovakia, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

            His   academic   distinctions   include   honours   like   the   Fellow   of   Royal   Society   of Chemistry,   UK   (2002), Member  of  American  Chemical  Society,  Fellow/Member  of Indian  Chemical  Society,  Maharashtra  Academy of  Science,  Bio-organic  Society  of India, International Society for Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids. For his meritorious contributions, he has received Best Teacher Award of the Government of Maharashtra, among others.


To become a Mass Varsity


Through our technical, vocational, professional and liberal education programmes, application of modern communication technologies and adoption of the distance education methodology, we strive towards developing an Innovative, Flexible and Open system of education.



The Head office of the university is located at Nashik. The university operates through its 11 Regional Centers (RCs) at Amravati, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nashik, Nanded, Nagpur, Pune, Kalyan, Sopalur, Goa and a network of Study Centres (SCs). The jurisdiction of this university although originally for the State of Maharashtra, has now been extended beyond this State by an amendment in the University Act and the university is now empowered to extend its operations anywhere across the globe.

Special Features

  • Emphasis on imparting vocational and technical skills.
  • Use of Latest Information and Communication Technologies.
  • Relaxed entry rules, flexibility in course combinations and credit transfer facilities .
  • Extensive network of study centres.
  • Scientific system of student evaluation.
  • Special attention to Quality.
  • Thrust on empirical Research.
  • Recognition of our degrees and diplomas by other universities and professional bodies.
  • Global outreach.

About the Emblem of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University


The central part of this emblem symbolizes a peacock, the vehicle of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom. The circular strokes spreading outwards indicate openness, dynamism and propagation. The YCMOU emblem thus signifies the spread of knowledge, far and wide, which is the motto of the university. Translated literally, the motto means: ‘The river of knowledge at every home’. In practice, the motto reflects the aim of this university: to transmit the flow of knowledge to the home of the common man.

University Song

एक प्रतिज्ञा असे आमुची ज्ञानाची साधना चिरंतन ज्ञानाची साधना |
ज्ञान हेच संजीवन सा-या जगताच्या जीवना ||
ज्योत जागवू सुजाणतेची सकलांच्या अंतरी |
तीच निवारील पटल तमाचे प्रभात सूर्यापरी |
ज्ञानच देऊळ, ज्ञानच दैवत प्रगतीच्या पूजना || १ ||
नव्या युगाचा नव्या जगाचा ज्ञान धर्म आहे |
त्यातच आमुच्या उजळ आश्वासन राहे |
मुक्त करील तो परंपरेच्या बंदिघरातुन मना || २ ||
हाच मंत्र नेईल आम्हाला दिव्य भविष्याकडे |
न्यायनितीचे पाऊल जेथे भेदाशी ना अडे |
जे जे मंगल पावन त्याची जेथे आराधना || ३ ||