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Delhi University

University of Delhi
University of Delhi.png
Motto निष्ठा धृति: सत्यम
Motto in English
"Dedicated to Truth"
Type Public
Established 1922
Endowment $ 474.650 million (inc. colleges)
Chancellor Vice President of India
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Yogesh K Tyagi
Students 132,435
Undergraduates 114,477
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
Sports various
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. The University was originally to be named Prince Charles University. But then, Rai Kedarnath, counselor 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. 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.

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. 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.

  • Faculty of Applied Social Sciences & Humanities: The faculty has two departments namely - Business Economics and Slavonic & Finno-Ugrian Studies.
  • Faculty of Arts: It has 14 departments including Arabic, Buddhist Studies, English, Germanic & Romance Studies, Hindi, Library & Information Science, Linguistics, Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, Persian, Philosophy, Psychology, Punjabi, Sanskrit, and Urdu.
  • Faculty of Commerce and Business Studies: It has two departments:- (i) Commerce (ii) Financial Studies.
  • Faculty of Education: There is only one department of Faculty of Education i.e. Department of Education.
  • Faculty of Interdisciplinary and Applied Sciences: There are seven-departments which are of Bio-Physics, Biochemistry, Electronics Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Physical Education & Sports Sciences, and Plant Molecular Biology.
  • Faculty of Law: The only department is of Department of Law.
  • Faculty of Management Studies: It also has only one Department of Business Management & Industrial Administration.
  • Faculty of Mathematical Sciences: It has four departments Computer Science, Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics.
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences: Faculty of Medical Sciences provides education to medical education to students of the University of Delhi. It has 22 departments - Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, Community Medicine, Dentistry, Dermatology, ENT, Forensic Medicine, Medicine, Microbiology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology,Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Paediatrics Surgery, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry, Radio Diagnosis, Radio Therapy, and Surgery.
  • Faculty of Music and Fine Arts: The faculty has two departments - Fine Arts and Music.
  • Faculty of Open Learning: The faculty is concerned with distance education. It has one department - Distance & Continuing Education.
  • Faculty of Science: It has 10 departments - Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Geology, Home Science, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physics & Astrophysics, and Zoology.
  • Faculty of Social Sciences: It has 9 departments - Adult Continuing Education & Extension, African Studies, East Asian Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Social Work and Sociology.
  • Faculty of Technology: The faculty offers courses in Engineering and Technology . The faculty earlier included the Delhi College of Engineering, before it was transformed into the Delhi Technological University currently it includes only Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology. It has 8 departments - Applied Sciences & Humanities, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Manufacturing Process and Automation Engineering, Instrumentation & Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Bio Technology
  • .Faculty of Ayurvedic & Unani Medicine: The faculty awards to degrees to its students in Ayurvedic medicine and Unani medicine. It has two departments, Department of Ayurvedic Medicine and other being Department of Unani Medicine.
  • .Faculty of Homeopathic Medicine: It provides education in field of Homeopathy. And there's only one department under the faculty i.e. of Department of Homeopathic Medicine.
  • Colleges established by Educational or Charitable Trusts.
  • Colleges maintained by Delhi Administration, which acts as trust for them.
  • Colleges maintained by University of Delhi.
  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Centre For Biomedical Research — Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research is a centre where multispecialty group of scientists work as a cohesive team and participate in active teaching and research in some of the frontline areas of basic and applied biomedical sciences.
  • Institute of Informatics and Communication — IIC is a premiere institute gives birth to and nourishes the minds that go on to innovate in the field of communication and information technology in its nurturing environment.
  • Delhi School of Economics: Commonly referred to as DSE, it is a centre of post graduate learning. Started in the year 1949, the campus of the Delhi School of Economics houses the University of Delhi's Departments of Economics, Commerce, Sociology and Geography.
  • Cluster Innovation Centre aims to present its students with a creative and innovative study system that involves hands-on projects and connects research with application in society. CIC is supported by the National Innovation Council and aided by Union Human Resource Development Ministry.
  • D.S. Kothari Centre for Science, Ethics and Education — The principal objective of Daulat Singh Kothari Centre for Science, Ethics and Education is to raise the standard of living of our people. It is based on science & technology, and education that determines the level of prosperity, welfare and security of the people.
  • Agricultural Economics Research Centre — The centre was established and is completely funded by the Ministry of Agriculture of India to carry out research related to rural economy and agriculture in India. Since then, the centre has completed more than hubdreds of policy-oriented studies for the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystem — The centre works towards strengthening awareness, research and training in priority areas of environmental management of degraded ecosystems. The centre closely coordinates with the other departments of SES, viz. Department of Environmental Biology and Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Mountain & Hill Environment on issues of biodiversity conservation, habitat loss, pollution and rehabilitation of displaced people due to developmental activities.
  • Centre for Inter-disciplinary Studies of Mountain & Hill Environment — The concept of the centre revolves around the idea that the upland areas play a crucial role in the production and regeneration of natural resources like fresh water, forests, besides sustaining a rich genetic diversity of plant and animal life.
  • The Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education is committed to provide opportunities for professional and career development to teachers across the universities of India. Keeping in view the role of higher education in national development, CPDHE helps build competence in research methodologies and pedagogy, expansion of technologies in ICT, Science and Technology, Environment and Education.
  • The Centre For Science Education & Communication is for the pursuit and teaching of science. It is an autonomous institution in which studies can be carried out by teachers, students and other interested individuals, for the generation of ideas and materials for the improvement of science education at university and school levels; and for the promotion of a wider interest in science and scientific issues, through all means of communications.
  • Developing Countries Research Centre — Its objective is to critically address important political and intellectual issues that emerge from the study of the post colonial world and integrate these insights into teaching at the undergraduate, post-graduate and research levels in the vast educational network of the University of Delhi. Scholars in Political Science, Economics, Sociology, History, Education, Philosophy, Psychology and Literature have been involved in the effort.
  • The Women's Study Development Centre is the focal point for women's and gender studies in the university. The activities of WSDC place women and gender at the centre of its inquiry focusing mostly on multidisciplinary perspectives of class, caste, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, age. It also addresses several other contemporary socio-political issues concerning women.
  • The University Science Instrumentation Centre (USIC) is a central facility and houses sophisticated analytical instruments. Its main objective is to provide services to all researchers and students of science departments in the University and the constituent colleges of the University of Delhi.
  • The Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL) is dedicated to the cause of those who believe that learning is not age-bound nor classroom-bound, but it takes place throughout life and in all kinds of situations.
  • The Ahilaya Bai College of Nursing is a leading nursing institute. It provides practical exposure to their students, which helps them in acquiring in-depth knowledge of nursing.
  • The Amar Jyoti Institute of Physiotherapy offers degrees in physiotherapy and the institute sees it as a profession.
  • The Durgabai Deshmukh College of Special Education is especially meant for Blind students. The undergraduate course Special Education for Visually Impaired students has a motto to empower visually impaired pupils in long run.
  • Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute for the Physically Handicapped is an autonomous organisation under the administrative and financial control of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India. It provides education to people with disabilities.
  • School of Rehabilitation Sciences — Its aim is to disseminate knowledge on developmental therapy and special education on rehabilitation sciences.
  • Army Hospital (Research & Referral)
  • Central Health Education Bureau
  • G.B. Pant Hospital
  • Hindu Rao Hospital
  • Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences
  • Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences
  • Kasturba Hospital
  • National Institute of Health & Family Welfare
  • University Court
  • Executive Council
  • Academic Council
  • Finance Committee


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