Concerted efforts of the people have propelled the country into one of the technologically advanced nation. A large section of the rural India is still struggically for its survival due to poor infrastructure for education and skill upgradation.Most of the teaching and research institutions are located in urban areas: as a result rural people are not able to avail of higher education and training. A rural university was therefore conceived and stablished at Chitrakoot named Mahtma Gandhi Chitrakoot Vishwavidyalaya by the Government of Madhya Pradesh through lehgislature by an Act(9,1991) on February 12,1991. The University is located on the bank of Holy River Mandakini near Sphatikshila at Chitrakoot.
Away from the noisy city life, Chitrakoot is a serene place with scenic beauties where Lord Rama spent his 11 year exile. There are other historical Ashramas (learning centres) located in the region sach as Sati Anusuya, Balmika, Sarbhanga and Suthikshna, Mahakavi Govswami Tulsi Das received inspiration for writing the epic Rama Charita Manas at Chitrakoot on the banks of holy river Mandakini. Decorated with flowers and trees, the University stands near historical Sphatikshila on the bank of river Mandakini. It is located between 25”5’ and 25”10’ North Latitude and 80”45’ and to 80”55’ East meridian of Longitude in the district of Satna, Madhya Pradesh, boarding Chitrakoot Dhanm Karwi of Uttar Pradesh.
The University is mandated to develop human resource for the economic and social development of rural people. The rural development is viewed as mobilization of local resources and latent of rural people to enable them to improve quality of their life. It encompasses technological, social economical cultural and ethical development. Agricultural, agro-based industries, cottage industries and rural crafts are the main avenues for their livelihood. All these avenues are the base for research and higher education for rural development.
The University provides academic programmes up to doctoral level integrating all facets of rural development viz. science, environment, GIS, and remote sensing, agriculture, agricultural engineering, amall and agribusiness, rural management, traditional medicines, humanities, social sciences, arts, yoga, education, journalism and mass education, computer, information technology etc. on regular and distance education mode. The National statutory education bodies such as UGC, AICTE, NCTE, IGNOU, NCDE have recognized the academic programmes of the University. Away from the noisy city life, Chitrakoot is religious and serene place with scenic beauties. The place is associated with Lord Rama who spent most of his 14 years time in exile at Chitrakoot.
The University has created its impact by providing education to rural poor especially women who otherwise would have been deprived of higher education. The graduates are posted in most prestigious organizations in country and extracurricular facilities of the students. Students Welfare Fund, Earn While Learn, Gramin Kendra etc are few innovative schemes that proves economic opportunities to the needy students, besides financial assistance available to SC/ST/OBC students.