University of Delhi

University of Delhi
Motto in English
"Dedicated to Truth"
Type Public
Established 1922
Endowment $ 474.650 million (inc. colleges)[1]
Chancellor Vice President of India
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Yogesh K Tyagi
Students 132,435
Undergraduates 114,494
Postgraduates 17,941
Location New Delhi, Delhi, India
28°41′N 77°13′E / 28.69°N 77.21°E / 28.69; 77.21Coordinates: 28°41′N 77°13′E / 28.69°N 77.21°E / 28.69; 77.21
Campus Urban
Colours      Purple
Nickname DU
Mascot Elephant
Affiliations ACU
Universitas 21

The University of Delhi informally known as Delhi University is a public central collegiate university, located in New Delhi, India.


The University of Delhi was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly of the British India.[2] The University was originally to be named Prince Charles University. But then, Rai Kedarnath, counsellor to the Chief Commissioner of Delhi and founder of Ramjas College, explained to the Education Minister that so naming the university might have bad effects, as the university might fail, which would certainly antagonise the Prince. He suggested the name by which it is known today.[3] Only four colleges existed in Delhi at the time: St. Stephen's College founded in 1881, Hindu College founded in 1899, Zakir Husain Delhi College (then known as The Delhi College), founded in 1692 and Ramjas College founded in 1917, which were subsequently affiliated to the university. The university thus had modest beginnings with only four colleges, two faculties (Arts and Science), and about 750 students.

The seat of power in British India had been transferred from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911. The Viceregal Lodge Estate became the residence of the Viceroy of India until October, 1933, when it was given to the University of Delhi. Since then, it has housed the office of the vice-chancellor and other offices.[4]

When Sir Maurice Gwyer came to India to serve as Chief Justice of British India, he was nominated as Vice-Chancellor of University of Delhi. The numerous improvements were brought in University including the introduction of the postgraduate teaching courses and the establishment of laboratories were entirely due to the efforts of Sir Maurice.[5] Realising the importance of a distinguished faculty to act as role models, relentlessly Sir Maurice searched for talent all over the country and roped in men of eminence to the University, such as Prof. Daulat Singh Kothari in Physics, Prof. T.R. Sheshadri in Chemistry, Prof. Panchanan Maheshwari in Botany and Dr. M.L. Bhatia in Zoology. Sir Maurice Gwyer is also called the "maker of university". He served the post of vice-chancellor till 1950.[6]

The silver jubilee year of the university in 1947 coincided with India's independence, and the national flag was hoisted in the main building for the first time by VKRV Rao, the convocation ceremony for the year, however could not be held due to partition of India, thus a special ceremony was held in 1948, which was attended by Prime Minister of India - Jawaharlal Nehru, Lord Mountbatten, Lady Mountbatten, Abul Kalam Azad, Zakir Hussain and S.S. Bhatnagar. Twenty-five years later the golden jubilee celebrations of 1973 were attended by then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, Satyajit Ray, Amrita Pritam and M S Subbulakshmi.[7]

Present form

The University has grown into one of the largest universities in India. At present, there are 16 faculties, 86 academic departments, 77 colleges and 5 other recognised institutes spread all over the city, with 132,435 regular students which includes 114,494 undergraduates & 17,941 postgraduates. There are also 261,169 students in non-formal education programme, of which UG students make up 258,831 where as PG students are 2,338 in number. Five departments namely Chemistry, Geology, Zoology, Sociology and History have been awarded the status of the Centres of Advanced Studies. These Centres of Advanced Studies have carved a niche for themselves as centres of excellence in teaching and research in their respective areas. In addition, a good number of university departments are also receiving grants under the Special Assistance Programme of the UGC in recognition of their outstanding academic work.[8]

DU is one of the most sought after institution of higher education in India. It is also among the university with highest publication count in India.[9]

The annual honorary degree ceremony of the University have been conferred upon several distinguished people, which includes Amitabh Bachchan, former Chief Minister of Delhi - Sheila Dikshit, Cartoonist R. K. Laxman, Scientist CNR Rao[10] and former Prime Minister of United Kingdom - Gordon Brown.[11]


There are about 77 colleges affiliated to the University of Delhi, spread out all over the Delhi. There are two main campuses of the University: the North Campus & the South Campus.

North Campus

Faculty of Arts

North Campus hosts the three founding colleges of the university which constituted the University of Delhi when it was founded. North campus proper now has 10 colleges geographically centred on the Faculty of Arts, Science and Law which are Daulat Ram College, Hansraj College, Hindu College, Indraprastha College for Women, Kirori Mal College, Miranda House, SGTB Khalsa College. Ramjas College, St. Stephen's College and Shri Ram College of Commerce. The extended off campus also has colleges in Old Rajendra Nagar, Pitampura and Ashok Vihar areas of Delhi.[12] The campus also houses other centres and institutes of Delhi which includes Cluster Innovation Centre, Delhi School of Economics, etc.[13]

South Campus

The University of Delhi started South Campus in 1973 as an effort to cope with the enormous expansion while continuing to maintain its high academic standards and to facilitate access for South Delhi residents. It moved to its present location on Benito Juarez Road, near Dhaula Kuan, in 1984. The Campus is spread across 28 hectares (69 acres) of green, hilly terrain and its buildings blend attractively with the natural surroundings. The various Departments are located in the Faculty of Arts, Inter-disciplinary, Applied Sciences and the S.P. Jain Centre for Management Studies.[14] South Campus has 7 colleges which are Atma Ram Sanatan Dharama College, Aryabhatta College, Jesus and Mary College, Maitreyi College, Moti Lal Nehru College, Ram Lal Anand College and Sri Venkateshwara College.


The East Campus is being developed with the University College of Medical Sciences as its nucleus, while the West Campus will have as its focus on Engineering and Technology.The west campus currently contains faculty of technology along with its affiliate Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology located in Dwarka suburbs is University's only top tier engineering college[15]

First Vice Chancellor

Dr. Sir Hari Singh Gour (1922-1926)

Faculties and departments

The University of Delhi has 16 faculties and 86 academic departments which offer courses in a wide variety of subjects and concentrations.The depth and breadth of the syllabus are very vast, extending well beyond course offerings to many other special programmes and research opportunities.The honours programmes offered by the varsity for a wide spectrum of subjects are highly sought after by students from all over the country.[16]

Affiliated faculties

University of Delhi has two affiliated facilities:


University of Delhi have colleges and some other institutions as its constituents.


Though the colleges are all constituent to the University of Delhi, as it is a collegiate university, depending upon the funding Delhi Colleges broadly fall into three categories:

The colleges maintained by university get 100% deficit maintenance grant while the colleges run by trusts get 95% deficit grants.[25]

The university has 65 colleges that have liberal courses in humanities, social sciences and science. Twenty-five of these colleges are affiliated with the South Campus while the others are to the North Campus. These colleges except two — Lady Irwin College and Institute of Home Economics — are undergraduates The number of colleges under the university goes up to 77, if the colleges that run professional courses are included. Some colleges also offer evening courses.[26]

For all the colleges of the University of Delhi, see: Colleges of the University of Delhi.

Centres and institutes

There are about 27 centres and institutes of DU. These are divided into four categories:

Postgraduate centres


Recognised institutes

Affiliated institutions


There are 240 courses available in University of Delhi for UG(87) and PG(153).

UG Course Intake Education, Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Manufacturing Process and Automation Engineering, Biotechnology, Unani Medicine, Ayurveda

PG Course Intake Political Science, Sanskrit, English, Mathematics, Commerce, History, Chemistry, Philosophy, Economics, Others

College AIR - 15, Overall Score - 289.54, National Rating - AAAA+[39]

There are as many as 75 courses in University running under the 3-year under-graduate programme structure, with few exceptions like MBBS, BTech etc. Courses are mainly classified under the three faculties of the central university, including arts, commerce and science.[40]

The University offers 70 post-graduate degrees. DU also offers MPhil in about 28 subjects.[41] In addition to these, it offers 90+ Certificate courses and 28 Diplomas. There are also 15 Advanced Diplomas offered in various languages. The University offers PhD courses, which may be awarded by any faculty of university under ordinance VI-B.[42] But, speciality and super speciality medical degrees like DM, DCh etc., could only be awarded by the faculty of medical sciences.[43] Due to lack of surety in quality of legal education, The Bar Council of India has issued a notification asking Delhi University (DU) to shut down law courses offered in evening shift at its colleges.[44]


The President of India is the Visitor, the Vice President of India is the Chancellor and the Chief Justice of India is the Pro-Chancellor of the University. The Court, the Executive Council, the Academic Council and the Finance Committee are the administrative authorities of the University.[45]

The Court is the supreme authority of the University and has the power to review the acts of the Executive Council and the Academic Council.

The Executive Council is the highest executive body of the University.

The Academic Council is the highest academic body of the University and is responsible for the maintenance of standards of instruction, education and examination within the University. It has the right to advise the Executive Council on all academic matters.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the University of Delhi, India 19 July 2009.

The committee is responsible for recommending financial policies, goals, and budgets that support the mission, values and strategic goals of the university.

Student life

Students of the university are involved in various national and state level social activism. One of such student run endeavors is Campus Drift,[46] which is a student-run newspaper and it functions as an information base for the updates regarding all the colleges. There are various MUN circuits associated with Delhi University and they hold the events throughout the year. Each college has its own annual cultural fest, some known fests are Crossroads of SRCC, Mecca of Hindu college, Renaissance of Kirori Mal College, Tryst of Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Confluence held in Hansraj College. Each college has their own societies promoting a variety of ECAs.


Delhi University Stadium is a Rugby 7s stadium, situated within the North Campus of Delhi University. Spread over 10,000 square metres (110,000 sq ft), the stadium has a seating capacity of 2,500 permanent and 7,500 temporary seats. The construction work began in 2008 and it was inaugurated in July 2010, ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games,[47] and also includes training area for Netball, Boxing, Women's Wrestling and Athletics.[48][49]

After the games the stadium was handed over to the university by Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, there after in 2011, the university initiated an extensive upgrade plan, to create a multi-purpose arena with both outdoor and indoor facilities,[50] after its completion the university students could access its facilities in late 2011.[51]

Notable alumni and faculty

The University of Delhi has produced many distinguished personalities, including at least seven Heads of state or government and two Nobel Laureates.

Notable alumni of Delhi University include major politicians of India, including

Foreign notable DU alumni include

In science and engineering, notable alumni of DU include physicists

In humanities and social sciences, notable alumni include

Historians such as

The university also has produced a large number of major actors of Indian cinema and theatre including

In the field of arts the University has notable alumni such as Sahitya Akademi Award winner Punjabi playwright Dr. Harcharan Singh, Kathak exponent Uma Sharma, Bharatnatyam exponent Geeta Chandran, Odissi exponent Baisali Mohanty.

In the field of commerce the University has notable alumni, in field of food and beverages such as Amit Lohani who at present occupies position of Convenor of Forum of Indian Food Importers.

The notable faculty members of DU include eminent historian Professor R.S.Sharma; Amartya Sen, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India; Sukhamoy Chakravarty, economist and a key architect of the Five-Year plans of India;[58] Jagdish N. Bhagwati, economist at Columbia University;[59] and Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan, wife of the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan.[60] Dinesh Singh, the EX-Vice-Chancellor of DU, is also a professor of mathematics at the university.

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