(full name, N. P. Ogarev Mordovian University), founded in 1957 in Saransk as a successor to departments of the Mordovian Pedagogical Institute, which was organized in 1931. In 1970 the university was named after N. P. Ogarev.
As of 1973, Mordovian University included departments of history and geography, philology, foreign languages, mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, electronics and automation, lighting engineering and lighting sources, civil engineering, economics, mechanization of agriculture, agriculture, medicine, and general technology. There are also evening, correspondence, preparatory, and graduate divisions. The university has a branch in Ruzaevka. There are 71 subdepartments, a special problems laboratory, a computer center, a botanical garden, a biological station, a zoological museum, and an experimental training farm. The library has approximately 700,000 volumes.
During the 1972–73 academic year Mordovian University had an enrollment of about 16,000 students and a faculty of more than 900 teachers and scholarly researchers, including 26 professors and doctors of science and 310 docents and candidates of science. Collections of scholarly works are published by the university. Since its founding the university has trained 17,000 specialists.
A. I. SUKHAREV