In older versions of Joomla the version number is displayed in the footer of the back-end.
In Joomla 2.5.0 the version is shown in the System Information and is no longer coded in the admin template for security reasons. This is inconvenient and this has been discussed in the Joomla BugSquad.
The Joomla Bug Squad has developed a little admin module that shows the version in the footer position of your admin template like
Joomla! 2.5.0 Stable [ Ember ] 24-Jan-2012 14:00 GMT
and will be updated automatically with each release in your administrator back-end.
More information, see: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?p=2727456#p2727456