Central Universities in India
Apratim Chatterjee, 23 Feb 2019
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Central Universities in India - The nation, India with an international education index of 145/191, boasts of having 49 central universities. Of these Indian Central Universities, 40 are centrally funded through University Grants Commission (UGC), under the purview of Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) and another nine enjoy the autonomous status, directly funded by the Government of India (GoI). In this article of Central Universities in India, Careers360 brings you the list of institutions established under the Central Universities Act tagged with a special status amongst the other Universities in India.

What are Central Universities?

Central Universities are those universities which are established by an Act of Parliament and are under the purview of the Department of Higher Education in MHRD. These universities have been categorised under Centre (Union Government), given the fact the funds are allocated by the MHRD through UGC.

How many Central Universities are there in India?

There are as many as 49 Central Universities established in India, of which Allahabad University isthe oldest of all, being established in 1887. The Mahatma Gandhi Central University located in Motihari, Bihar is the youngest of all, established in 2016. But for three States/Union Territories of India, at least one Central University has been established in every state. While, Andhra Pradesh and Goa don’t have any Central Universities, so do the Union Territory, Chandigarh.

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State-wise distribution of Central Universities in India

States/Union Territories
Number of Central Universities
Andhra Pradesh0
Arunachal Pradesh1
Assam2
Bihar4
Chandigarh0
Chhattisgarh1
Delhi5
Goa0
Gujarat2
Haryana1
Himachal Pradesh1
Jammu & Kashmir1
Jharkhand2
Karnataka1
Kerala1
Madhya Pradesh1
Maharashtra2
Manipur3
Meghalaya1
Mizoram1
Nagaland1
Odisha1
Puducherry1
Punjab1
Rajasthan1
Sikkim1
Tamil Nadu2
Telangana3
Tripura1
Uttar Pradesh6
Uttarakhand1
West Bengal1
Total49

Of all the States and Union Territories, Uttar Pradesh tops that chart with as many as six, the highest number of Central Universities, followed closely by Delhi with five Central Universities and Bihar with four Central Universities. Manipur and Telangana contribute with their three universities to the national number of Central Universities.

List of Central Universities in India

S.No.

University

State/Union Territory (Location)

Year of Establishment

1

Aligarh Muslim University

Uttar Pradesh (Aligarh)

1920

2

Assam University

Assam (Silchar)

1994

3

Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University

Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow)

1996

4

Banaras Hindu University

Uttar Pradesh (Varanasi)

1916

5

Central Agricultural University^

Manipur (Imphal)

1993

6

Central University of Gujarat*

Gujarat (Gandhinagar)

2009

7

Central University of Haryana*

Haryana (Mahendragarh)

2009

8

Central University of Himachal Pradesh*

Himachal Pradesh (Dharamshala)

2009

9

Central University of Jammu*

Jammu & Kashmir (Jammu)

2011

10

Central University of Jharkhand*

Jharkhand (Ranchi)

2009

11

Central University of Karnataka*

Karnataka (Gulbarga)

2009

12

Central University of Kashmir*

Jammu & Kashmir (Srinagar)

2009

13

Central University of Kerala*

Kerala (Kasaragod)

2009

14

Central University of Orissa*

Odisha (Koraput)

2009

15

Central University of Punjab*

Punjab (Bhatinda)

2009

16

Central University of Rajasthan*

Rajasthan (Ajmer)

2009

17

Central University of South Bihar

Bihar (Gaya)

2009

18

Central University of Tamil Nadu*

Tamil Nadu (Tiruvarur)

2009

19

Dr. Hari Singh Gour University

Madhya Pradesh (Sagar)

1946 (2009)+

20

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University^

Bihar (Pusa, Samastipur)

1905 (2016)+

21

English and Foreign Languages University

Telangana (Hyderabad)

1958 (2007)+

22

Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya

Chhattisgarh (Bilaspur)

1983 (2009)+

23

Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University

Uttarakhand (Srinagar)

1973 (2009)+

24

Indian Maritime University^

Tamil Nadu (Chennai)

2008

25

Indira Gandhi National Open University^

Delhi (New Delhi)

1985

26

Indira Gandhi National Tribal University

Madhya Pradesh (Amarkantak)

2007

27

Jamia Millia Islamia

Delhi (New Delhi)

1920 (1988)+

28

Jawaharlal Nehru University

Delhi (New Delhi)

1969

29

Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya

Maharashtra (Wardha)

1997

30

Mahatma Gandhi Central University

Bihar (Motihari)

2016

31

Manipur University

Manipur (Imphal)

1985 (2005)+

32

Maulana Azad National Urdu University

Telangana (Hyderabad)

1998

33

Mizoram University

Mizoram (Aizawl)

2000

34

Nagaland University

Nagaland (Lumami)

1994

35

Nalanda University^

Bihar (Rajgir, Nalanda)

2010

36

National Sports University^

Manipur (Imphal)

2018

37

North Eastern Hill University

Meghalaya (Shillong)

1973

38

Pondicherry University

Puducherry (Pondicherry)

1985

39

Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University^

Uttar Pradesh (Raebareily)

2013

40

Rajiv Gandhi University

Arunachal Pradesh (Itanagar)

1985 (2007)+

41

Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University^

Uttar Pradesh (Jhansi)

2014

42

Sikkim University

Sikkim (Gangtok)

2007

43

South Asian University^

Delhi (New Delhi)

2010

44

Tezpur University

Assam (Tezpur)

1994

45

Tripura University

Tripura (Agartala)

1987

46

University of Allahabad

Uttar Pradesh (Allahabad)

1887

47

University of Delhi

Delhi (New Delhi)

1922

48

University of Hyderabad

Telangana (Hyderabad)

1974

49

Visva Bharati University

West Bengal (Shantiniketan)

1921

+Granted Central University Status
*Established by Central Universities Act, 2009
^Directly funded by MHRD, GoI and not through UGC

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