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|Latin: Universitas Osmanii|
|Motto||Telugu: తమసోమా జ్యోతిర్గమయ|
Motto in English
|Lead us from Darkness to Light|
|Chancellor||ESL Narasimhan Governor of Telangana|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor S. Ramachandram|
|Address||Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|Campus||Urban, 1600 acres (6 km² or 2.5 mi²)|
|Affiliations||UGC, NAAC, AIU|
Osmania University is a public state university located in Hyderabad, India, founded in 1918 with the help of chief Architect of Mahbub Ali Khan - Nawab Sarwar Jung. It was established and named after the seventh and last Nizam of Hyderabad, Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan. It is the third oldest university in southern India, and the first to be established in the erstwhile princely State of Hyderabad. It is the first Indian university to have Urdu as a medium of instruction. In 2012, the university was placed sixth among the nation's premier universities in Humanities, Sciences and Commerce stream, which secured the University with Potential for Excellence status.
The Main Campus is ranked tenth among state universities, as published by India Today. As of 2012, the university hosts 3,700 international students from more than 80 nations. The OU is one of the largest university systems in the subcontinent with over 300,000 students on its campuses and affiliated colleges. It is particularly known for its faculty of Engineering and Technology, Law, Arts, Sciences, Commerce and Management departments. Osmania Medical College was once a part of the university.
In the early 1846 the Nizam Medical school was formed to teach Allopathic Medical science in Urdu language to the native students of Hyderabad state, in the year 1854, Darul-Uloom was formed as a formal primary educational institute, and the Nizam college and College of law were initiated in the year 1887 and 1899.
A plan to establish a university in Hyderabad state was initiated in 1884. Wilfred Sewen Blunt, a British educationist, prepared a proposal and presented it to the Nizam of Hyderabad on 24 January 1884. The official decree was issued on 17 August 1917 for the establishment of Osmania University. Inaugurated in 1918, the university has functioned since 28 August 1919, with an initial enrollment of 225 students. Within the first decade of its establishment, medicine and engineering faculties were started in 1927 and 1929, which were accredited throughout the Indian subcontinent. The university college for women was initiated in 1926, and in 1936 the arts college was started.
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