The Central Universities are those institutions that come under the purview of the Department of Higher Education and formally established by an act of Indian Parliament. In India, most of the universities are approved by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). As per the records, around 40 universities are officially funded by the UGC, and the rest of them are directly funded by the Government of India.

In this blog article, you will come to know about the Central universities of India, established dates, features, and kinds of specialized courses offering to the students.

Below is the list of Central Universities in India:

  1. Rajiv Gandhi University: Rajiv Gandhi University was established on 28th March 1985 by the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly and approved by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). This institution has around 35 affiliated colleges, offer 39 postgraduate courses along with M.Phil, Ph.D., and PG Diploma programs. Since its inception, the University is committed to bringing progress in teaching, research, innovations in curriculum, and infrastructure development.
  2. Assam University: Assam University was formed in the year 1994, and situated near the Dargakona, which is 20 km away from Silchar. The campus is spread over 600 acres of land, and provide the best learning opportunities to students, researchers, & scholars to seek admission. The University is ranked 97th position by the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF). The institution offers various programs in the Humanities, Languages, Environmental Sciences, Information Sciences, Law, Technology, and Management Studies.
  3. Tezpur University: Tezpur University was established on 21st January 1994, Tezpur, and aimed towards providing the job-oriented courses to the students & meet the expectations of Assam’s people. The University offers UG, PG, Ph.D., Diploma, and Certification courses in the field of Science, Technology, and Humanities.
  4. The University of Hyderabad: The University of Hyderabad was established in the year 1974 and approved by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). The campus is spread over 2,300 acres of land and offers 97 courses in Engineering, Humanities, Computer, Information Sciences, and much more.
  5. The English and Foreign Languages University- EFLU: The English and Foreign Languages University EFLU is famous for teaching English and foreign languages and located in Hyderabad. The University was established in the year 1958 and became a part of Central Universities in 2006.
  6. Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU): The Moulana Azad National Urdu University was formed in January 1998 by the Indian government and located at Gachibowli, Hyderabad. The main campus is spread over 200 acres of land. This institution is known for providing higher education services to first-generation students of Urdu medium who live farther from the city. In the year 2004, the University had begun its education journey of bringing the distance mode education and since then developed a strong base of academics & research in the Urdu language.
  7. Jamia Millia Islamia – JMI: The Jamia Millia Islamia was established in the year 1920, during the times of British rule and located in Jamia Nagar, New Delhi. The University offers UG, PG, Diploma, and Ph.D. courses in fields of Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Management, and Pharmacy. Jamia Millia is ranked top 25th position by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) and holds a placement record of 100% in reputed companies.  
  8. University of Delhi: The University of Delhi was established in 1922 by an act of the Central Legislative Assembly. The University has over 16 faculties, 86 departments, 77 affiliated colleges, and five other institutes. Over the years, this University has become a favourite destination among students for higher education and other social curriculum activities in India and other countries.
  9. Jawaharlal Nehru University: Jawaharlal Nehru University is one of the globally recognized institutions which is famous for diversified culture, education, social, economy, and political affairs debate. JNU was formed in the year 1966 by an act of India parliament and located in New Delhi, India. The institution offers various specialized programs in the discipline of arts, teaching & education, humanities & social sciences, engineering, IT, law, and nursing.
  10. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU): Indira Gandhi National Open University was established in the year 1985, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi. IGNOU is one of the largest universities in India, and each year over million students seek admission in various desired courses. IGNOU aims to provide open and distance education by providing quality higher education to all the sections of the Indian population.
  11. Manipur University: Manipur University was established on 5th June 1980 as per the University’s act in Manipur, India. The institution aims to provide the instructional and research facilities, innovative teaching methods, educate, and train the students. At present, it has over 76 affiliated colleges & 1 constituent college under its jurisdiction.
  12. North-Eastern Hill University: The North-Eastern Hill University was established on 19th July 1973 and was accredited A grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). The campus is located at Shillong, which is 125 km away from Guwahati Airport (GAU). This institute offers various UG, MBA, and PG courses in L.L.B, Agri-Business Management & Food Technology, Electronics & Communication Engineering, and Nanotechnology.

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Recently, this institution was honored with prestigious awards like Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Literary Award, Prof. M. K. Khare Memorial Prize, Prof M.N. Karna Young Sociologist Award, and others.

  1. National Sports University: The National Sports University is the newly-found institution on 16th March 2018, Manipur, and became the first University to provide sports education throughout India. The University believes in motivating the individuals and inspiring the youth to participate in sports programs. For this purpose, it has built the National Training Centre and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with international universities.
  2. Central Agricultural University: The Central Agricultural University was formed in the year 1992 and situated in Imphal, Manipur. It has over 13 constituent colleges and offers various specialized courses in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Veterinary Sciences, & Fisheries. It recognized by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC), and admissions are given based on the student’s academic percentage.
  3. Mizoram University: Mizoram University was officially established on 2nd July 2001 as per the parliament act of 2000 and located at Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram. The University is recognized by the Universal Grant Commission and ranked at 76th position by the NIRF. The institution has 35 affiliated colleges and one constituent college. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in Arts, Humanities & Social sciences, Commerce, IT, Education, Engineering & Architecture, Management & Business Administration.
  4. Pondicherry University: Pondicherry University was established in the year 1985 and recognized by the Universal Grant Commission. It is located in Chinna Kalapet, Kalapet, Pondicherry. This institution is committed to providing quality education, serving the needs of local, national, and international communities. The university has more than 100 affiliated colleges of arts, engineering, science, commerce, education, and much more.
  5. Sikkim University: Sikkim University was built in the year 2006 and located near South Sikkim district, which is 56 km from Gangtok. The University takes appropriate measures to promote innovations in the teaching-learning process, interdisciplinary studies, and research. The institution offers various courses in humanities, physical & life sciences, and forestry along with other non-traditional courses.
  6. Aligarh Muslim University: The Aligarh Muslim University was made in the year 1920 by its founder Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, and ranked 18th position by the NIRF. It is located in Aligarh, UP. The University has three following centers outside its campus in Murshidabad (West Bengal), Malappuram (Kerala), and Kishanganj (Bihar). Besides the courses, AMU provides internships and placement services for the enrolled students.

 

  1. Tripura University:The Tripura University was set-up in the on 2nd October 1987, and received B accreditation by NAAC. The main campus is located at Suryamaninagar, Tripura. The institution has over 52 affiliated colleges and provides 40 different courses in Science, Arts, and Commerce. It offers the state and merit-based scholarships to the deserving students.
  2. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University: The Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University was established on 10th January 1996 and named after the great scholar, intellectual, and lawyer Bhimrao Ambedkar. The institution located in Lucknow, UP, and offers bachelor’s, master’s, diploma, & MBA courses.
  3. Banaras Hindu University: The Banaras Hindu University was established in 1916, Varanasi, UP, and found by Annie Besant and Madan Mohan. It is a public institution which spread over 1300 acres of land. The University believes in the unity power of Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and other religions. For this purpose, the faculty members educate and train the students with the demanded skills and knowledge. The institution offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctorate level courses in the fields of arts, law, commerce, agricultural, & medical sciences.
  4. University of Allahabad: The University of Allahabad was formed on 23rd September 1887, and considered to be one of the oldest universities in India. It is located in Allahabad, UP. The institution offers UG, PG, and Diploma courses in Arts, Science, Commerce, Law & Management. Apart from studies, the students participate in sports competitions held each year. Mohd Sabir, the sports trainer, was allowed to take part in Commonwealth Games, 2010, and South Asian Games 2016. He is also a national-level champion from his hometown Uttar Pradesh.
  5. Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University: The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University was established in the year 2013 and considered to be one of the few institutions to offer aviation courses. It is located near Fursatganj Airfield, Fursatganj, Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. The University provides 18 months Diploma course in Airport Operations, Executive Management Development Program, and Executive Development Program.
  6. The Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University:The Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University was built in the year 2014, UP, and recognized by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). It is located in Jhansi district of UP. This institution caters to the needs of students in the fields of agriculture and allied sciences. Overall, the faculty members are very supportive when it comes to guiding the students through the courses.
  7. Visva Bharati University: The Visva Bharati University is a public research central university which was found by Rabindranath Thākur in 1921. It is located in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the chancellor of the almost century-old institution. Visva Bharati offers UG, PG, M.Phil, and Ph.D. courses in different streams that open the doors of opportunities.
  8. Hemwati Nandan BahuGuna Garhwal University: Hemwati Nandan BahuGuna Garhwal University was established on 23rd November 1973 in Srinagar town, and affiliated to Universal Grants Commission (UGC). The University delivers quality education to the students with the help of experienced faculty members. The institution offers UG and PG courses.
  9. South Asian University: South Asian University was formed in the year 2010 by the corporation of eight-member nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The University is presently functioning in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. This institution offers post-graduate and doctorate programs in Economics, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Mathematics, Sociology, International Relations, and Law.
  10. The Indira Gandhi National Tribal University: The Indira Gandhi National Tribal University was established in the year 2007 through parliament act. It is located in Amarkantak, Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh, India. The University aims to provide higher education and research facilities for the development of tribal welfare society. This institution is accredited by NAAC grade B and approved by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). It offers UG, PG, and doctorate programs in Science, Arts, Humanities, Management, Commerce, Pharmacy, & others.
  11. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya: Dr Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya was established in the year 1946 and considered to be one of the oldest universities in Madhya Pradesh. The University offers various courses like arts, science, engineering, and journalism at UG, PG, & doctorate level. The institution had produced many rural talented youths and has a large number of enrolled law students.
  12. Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya: Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya was established in the year 1997 and determined to promote the Hindi literature through education & research works. It is located in Wardha, Maharashtra, India. The University provides education based on the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi through its courses like Ahimsa and Shanti studies and Women studies.
  13. Nagaland University: Nagaland University was established in the year 1994 and approved by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). The campus is spread over 802 acres of land and accredited by the NAAC B grade. It is located in Lumami, Nagaland. The University has 68 affiliated colleges with 24,000 student’s intake. This institution offers various courses in Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, Engineering, Business & Management Studies, and Mass Communication & Media.
  14. Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN): The Central University of Tamil Nadu was established in the year 2009 and recognized by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). It is located near CUTN Bridge, Neelakudy, Tamil Nadu. The campus is spread over 516.75 acres of land and provides co-education. The University strives to spread and to advance knowledge in humanities, social sciences and, basic and applied sciences.
  15. INDIAN MARITIME UNIVERSITY: Indian Maritime University is the only institution that provides education in the marine industry. The campus is spread over 20 acres of land and established in the year 2008. It is located at Semmancherry, Semmancheri, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The admissions are given based on the score obtained by the students in the Common Entrance Test (CET). Students who are very ambitious and look forward to pursuing a career in maritime join this prestigious University.
  16. Central University of Rajasthan: The Central University of Rajasthan was established in the year 2009, and ranked at 34th position by the NIRF. It is located in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. The University facilitates accessible and affordable quality education that nurtures the students with academic and professional skills, moral principles, & global perspectives. This institution offers various courses in the fields of Science, Arts, Commerce, Architecture, English, and Comparative Literature.
  17. Central University of Punjab: The Central University of Punjab was established through the Central Universities Act 2009 by Professor Jai Rup Singh in Punjab, Bathinda. The faculty members of this University are friendly and supportive to the students helping them to succeed in their respective fields. This institution offers PG, LLM, MBA, and Ph.D. courses.
  18. Central University of Orissa: The Central University of Orissa was established in the year 2009 through the Central University act 2009 and affiliated to the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). It is located at Sunabeda Town, Koraput District of Odisha. The University records the Graduate Enrolment ratio of 11 percent and thereby spreads the equal right to education to every underprivileged region of Orissa. The campus is spread over 450.09 acres of land and provides UG, PG, & doctorate programs in various specialization.
  19. Central University of Kerala: The Central University of Kerala was established in the year 2009 through the Parliament act 2009 and affiliated to Universal Grant Commission (UGC). It is situated in Kasaragod district of Kerala state. The University conducts the Common Entrance Exam for the admission in Science, Arts, International Relations, Politics, English, and Comparative Literature courses.
  20. Central University of Karnataka: The Central University of Karnataka was set up in the year 2009 in Kalaburagi, Karnataka, and recognized by the Universal Grant Commission & Association of Indian Universities. According to UGC XI Plan, the University strives to provide education to the backward class people living in the under-developed districts of Karnataka. This institution offers 40 courses in Arts, Humanities, Management, Sciences, and Engineering streams.
  21. Central University of Jharkhand: The Central University of Jharkhand was established on 1st March 2009 and approved by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). It is situated in is located at Brambe, a 25 km drive from Ranchi city, Jharkhand, India. The University prepared the students with today’s demanded skills and knowledge to become professionals in their chosen specialized courses. To exchange the research between students and faculty members, this institution had collaborated with California State University, USA. It mostly offers 2-year Masters, LLM, B.Ed, and Ph.D. programs.
  22. Central University of Kashmir: The Central University of Kashmir was established in the year 2009 and approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). It is situated in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The admissions are given based on the performances of the students in the conducted Common Universities Entrance Exam (CUEE). The placement cell of this institution delivers the best recruitment services on campus by gathering the information of industry and research organizations.
  23. Central University of Jammu: The Central University of Jammu was established on August 8, 2011, and approved by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). It is situated in Samba District of Jammu and Kashmir. The University likes to be a center of higher studies, integrated culture, knowledge, philosophy, science, and value system. This institution offers various specialized courses in the discipline of Humanities & Social Sciences, Languages, Management, and Information & Media Studies.
  24. Central University of Himachal Pradesh: The Central University of Himachal Pradesh was established in the year 2010, and affiliated to the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC). It is situated at Shahpur, Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The University caters to meet the educational expectations of students and develop their skills in a particular stream. Currently, this institution offers 30 courses at UG and PG levels.
  25. Central University of Haryana: The Central University of Haryana was established in the year 2009 and approved by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). It is situated in Mahendragarh district of Haryana, India. The University is spread across 500 acres of land and accredited by the NAAC ‘A’ grade. This institution offers various programs in the Science, Commerce, Arts & Humanities, Engineering, and Business Administration.
  26. Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya: The Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya was set up in the year 1983 through the Central Universities Act 2009 in Bilaspur, Chattisgarh. The admission process is in both online and offline mode. Vishwavidyalaya Entrance Test is the commonly held examination for students seeking admission in UG and PG programs. This institution offers undergraduate, post-graduate, and research-based courses in Arts, Commerce, Science, Engineering & Technology.
  27. Central University of South Bihar: The Central University of South Bihar was established in the year 2009, and approved by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). It is located in Mahendragarh district of Haryana, India. The University provides free health and accident recovery treatment through the Vidyarthi Mediclaim policy. The majority of the faculty members are Ph.D. holders in their respective fields and are devoted to providing a world-class education to the students.
  28. Nalanda University: Nalanda University was established in the year 2014 and recognized by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). It is situated in Nalanda district of Bihar, India. The University is known for its academic and research excellence & promotes higher education. It has been selected as an International Institution of National Importance by the Parliament and offers postgraduate & doctorate programs to the students.
  29. Mahatma Gandhi Central University: The Mahatma Gandhi Central University was established on 3rd Feb 2016 and approved by the Universal Grant Commission & All India Institutions. The University is situated in Motihari, Bihar, where the freedom fighter like Mahatma Gandhi had begun his Satyagraha movement against Britishers. It offers B.Tech, BSc, BA, BCom, MBA, and MSW courses to the students.
  30. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University: Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University was established in 1970 in Bihar and recognized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The University spread over 1350 acres of land and offers 15 courses across the three streams. To get admission in UG and PG courses, students must have scored a valid score in All India Entrance Examination in Agriculture and Allied Science (AIEEA).
  31. Central University of Gujarat: The Central University of Gujarat was established by the Parliament of India in 2009 in Gujarat and accredited by the NAAC B++ grade. The University provides quality education and creates opportunities for students to develop technologies and leadership skills. It offers various courses in Humanities & Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Teaching & Education, language, and International Studies.
  32. Central University of Andhra Pradesh: The Central University of Andhra Pradesh was established in the year 2019 and recognized by the Universal Grant Commission (UGC). It is situated in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Applicants can seek admission through online and offline. The Central Universities Common Entrance Test is conducted each year for admission in B.Sc, BA, B.VOC, and MA.

Conclusion:

Remember to select the appropriate program that meets your career expectations. Every course has its benefits and scope. The choice is all yours, we’ve disclosed the overview part of each Central University above in detail. We hope that you make the right decisions and enroll in the best institutions.

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