Central Universities in India

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Central Universities in India

Though there are scores of academic institutions in India, the central universities are preferred by students coming from different educational backgrounds. Not restricted to only one field, these universities offer a wide range of programmes like BTech, Cloud Computing courses, MBBS, MBA, Import-Export courses, BA and BSc courses, etc across domains. Furthermore, many central universities are also revered for offering Online courses in India. 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.

What are Central Universities?

In 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.

Central Universities in India and their Rankings

Central Universities in IndiaNIRF Rankings
Jawaharlal Nehru University7th
Banaras Hindu University10th
University of Hyderabad11th
Aligarh Muslim University18th
Jamia Millia Islamia19th
University of Delhi20th
Tezpur University48th
North Eastern University62nd
Pondicherry University72nd

Note: Only a few universities have been mentioned above. This is not a restricted list.

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

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.

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 12th? Then reach out to Leverage Edu experts who will gauge through your skills and interests and recommend the most suitable courses to you!

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