Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), formerly University of Indore was established in 1964, by an Act of Legislature of Madhya Pradesh. DAVV is a State University whose jurisdiction was initially restricted to only Indore city. Later on its jurisdiction was extended to seven tribal dominated districts of Indore division namely, Jhabua, Alirajpur, Dhar, Khargone, Khandwa, Burhanpur and Barwani. It is thus catering to the educational needs of the most industrially developed district of MP, Indore on one hand and to the seven tribal and rural backward districts of the State on the other.
The vision of the University derives from its motto “Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat”,emerge as a premier higher learning institution by creating, advancing and disseminating knowledge with collective wisdom, through value imbued holistic education for peaceful, sustainable and humane society.
University has been creating, advancing and disseminating knowledge since 1964. University initially started with few departments, now has 27 teaching departments and offers undergraduate, post-graduate and research programmes in 16 Faculties. The University has number of supporting centers including Directorate of Distance Education, and Directorate of Physical Education and Sports. The sports department conducts number of national competitive events as per Association of Indian Universities guidelines. University mentors the students through Career Counseling and Opportunities Guidance cell, Equal Opportunity Cell, and National Service Scheme Units. University offers number of support services through Health Centre, Day Care Centre, University Cultural Centre, and Student Welfare Department.