n India, Central universities are those which are established by an act of parliament and come under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development. CUCET is a common entrance exam to take admission in 14 of these universities. The others offer admission through their independent entrance tests. Most of the central universities in India are directly funded by the government. So, to give you an overview, here is a blog that will shed light on the features of some of the most popular central universities in India.
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List of Central Universities in India
Here is a comprehensive list of all the central universities in India along with their location and year of establishment-
|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|
|50||Central University of Andhra Pradesh||Andhra Pradesh||2018|
|51||Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh||Andhra Pradesh||2019|
|52||The National Sanskrit University||Tirupati||1956|
|53||The Central Sanskrit University||New Delhi||1970|
|54||Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri National Sanskrit University||New Delhi||1962|
+= The year in which the institution got the status of a central university.
State-wise Division of Central Universities in India
As we are now familiar with the list of central universities in India, let us now take a quick look at the number of centralized universities present in popular states and UTs of India-
|States/Union Territories||Number of Central Universities|
|Jammu & Kashmir||1|
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Jawaharlal Nehru University was established in 1966 under the act of Parliament. It received the Best University Award from the President of India in 2017. Revered for its Master’s programmes, especially, Political Science, the university was also the first to introduce an integrated five year MA programme in Foreign Languages. It offers 10 undergraduate, 34 post-graduate, and 73 PhD courses. To take admission, one needs to qualify JNUEE, which is a national level entrance test conducted by NTA.
Banaras Hindu University
Banaras Hindu University was established in 1916 and is one of the oldest universities in India. It offers various courses spread across Engineering, Agriculture, Law, Medical Science, Commerce, etc. It has two independent entrance tests, BHU UET and BHU PET for undergraduate and postgraduate enrollment respectively. The in-take of engineering students is done as per JEE Advanced ranking and those who wish to get into the Medical Science programs need to clear NEET.
University of Hyderabad
University of Hyderabad was established in 1974 and is well known for its postgraduate programs like M.Tech, M.Sc, M.Ed, MBA, MFA, M.A, MCA, etc. Apart from offering a wide range of integrated programs in B.Tech, B.Sc, and BA, the University of Hyderabad is also revered for its distance education programs. Being one of the most popular central universities in India, it conducts its own independent entrance test called UoH Entrance Exam and for some courses, a personal interview is also taken.
Jamia Millia Islamia
Jamia Millia Islamia was started in Aligarh in 1920 and was later moved to Delhi in 1925. It offers various courses in the field of Engineering, Arts, Science, Commerce, English, Law, etc. at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Jamia conducts its independent entrance test for various courses.
University of Delhi
One of the most coveted central universities in India, University of Delhi was established in the year 1922. Amongst the Delhi University courses after 12th, BA and BSc are the most sought-after programs. There are over 90 colleges affiliated to the university and the enrollment into UG courses is based on merit i.e class 12th board examination scores. For some PG courses, it conducts its own test, however, for pursuing courses like MBA in Delhi University, clearing CAT is essential.
Tezpur University was established in the state of Assam in 1994. It is revered for its Science, Technology, Humanities, and Management courses. It also houses a Centre for Open and Distance Learning through which diplomas, certificates, post-graduate, and undergraduate courses are offered. The Tezpur Univerity Entrance Exam [TUEE] is conducted for granting admission to various programs like Integrated B.Sc. B.Ed, MA English, etc.
North-Eastern Hill University
North-Eastern Hill University was started in the year 1973 in the city of Shillong and also has a campus in Tura. M.Sc. in Horticulture, Master of Tourism & Travel Management, BA LL.B.(Hons), B.Arch, are some of the popular courses of the university. There are 53 colleges affiliated to it, which offer undergraduate programs.
The universities that are established and registered under the Act of Parliament as well as run and funded by the UGC are termed as the Central universities. On the other hand, the states universities come under the state government and are managed by them along with some autonomous bodies.
There are 54 central universities in India.
Institutes like IIT and IIM are categorized as centrally funded technical institutes.
Though not restricted to the above-mentioned academic institutes, pursuing higher education from central universities in India has always been a preferred choice for scores of students. Not sure which career path to choose after the 12th? Then reach out to Leverage Edu experts who will gauge through your skills and interests and recommend the most suitable courses to you!