Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly University of Pune) was established on February 10, 1949 under the Poona University Act. The university houses 52 academic departments. It is popularly known as the 'Oxford of the East'. It has about 307 recognized research institutes and 950 affiliated colleges offering graduate and under-graduate courses. The university attracts many foreign students due to its excellent facilities.
School of Education (SOE) is one of the first schools to be established in SPPU under the scheme Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching, through MHRD, Government of India. Under the School of Education, the Centre for Disability and Inclusive Education, Centre for Teaching support & Innovation are working in reputed areas and Yoga Studies. The functions of the SOE, within the broad framework of the objectives of SPPU are to carry out academic activities addressing education as a field of knowledge and an area of practice.
The Department of Education & Extension (DEE) was established in 1990 in the university campus with an aim of being a research and higher learning centre in the area of Education and Educational Sciences, Special Learning and Teacher Education. Since its inception, the DEE continued to forge ahead relentlessly for both horizontal and vertical expansion with consolidation of research and teaching activities. Now, this has grown to a premier institution at the national level in the field of teacher education and research. DEE offers various courses M.Ed. from 2002, M.A. Education from 2009, M.Phil. (Education) from 2006, Ph.D. – Education, Ph.D. - Educational Interdisciplinary. The B.Sc.B.Ed. Integrated Program was introduced in 2015 and the first batch of 20 students has successfully completed program in 2019.
The Department of Physical Education was established on July 07, 2008. The Department aims of research and higher education learning in the area of Yoga; Physical Education & other relevant areas in the field of games and sports. Department offers various courses such as; M.P.Ed., M.A.(Yoga), M.Phil., Ph.D., certificate course in Yoga Education & Certificate course in Gym. Instructor & Gym. Management.
Adarsha Shikshan Mandali’s, Adarsha Comprehensive College of Education and Research, is a premier teacher education institution, having a track record of outstanding results and currently celebrating its golden jubilee year. The institution is working with a basic aim to prepare teachers who are efficient in teaching and also have a research orientation and commitment towards the society while pursuing this noble profession. Apart from the regular B.Ed programme the institution offers UG and PG programmes through the distance mode. The institution also offers the facility to pursue research at M.Phil and doctorate level through its recognized research centre.