University of Delhi

University of Delhi
University of Delhi.png
Motto in English
Dedicated to Truth
Type Public
Established 1922
Chancellor Vice-President of India
Vice-Chancellor Yogesh K Tyagi
Visitor President of India
Students 132,435 [1]
Undergraduates 114,494
Postgraduates 17,941
Other students
Location New Delhi, Delhi, India
28°41′N 77°13′E / 28°41′N 77°13′E / 28.69; 77.21
Campus Urban
Colours      Purple
Affiliations UGC, NAAC, AIU, ACU, Universitas 21
Mascot Elephant

The University of Delhi, informally known as Delhi University (DU), is a collegiate public central university, located in New Delhi, India. It was founded in 1922 by an Act of the Central Legislative Assembly. As a collegiate university, its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and affiliated colleges. Consisting of three colleges, two faculties, and 750 students at its founding, the University of Delhi has since become India's largest institution of higher learning and among the largest in the world. The university currently consists of 16 faculties and 86 departments distributed across its North and South campuses. It has 77 affiliated colleges and 5 other institutes with an enrollment of over 132,000 regular students and 261,000 non-formal students. The Vice-President of India serves as the University's chancellor.

DU is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Association of Indian Universities, and Universitas 21, a global network of research-intensive universities. The University of Delhi was ranked 15th in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2017 [2] and 8th among universities. [3] It was ranked 66th in Asia in 2016, [4] and 481-490 in 2018 by the QS World University Rankings. [5]

DU has graduated many notable alumni, including seven heads of state or government, a few Bollywood actors including Shah Rukh Khan, and 2 Nobel laureates.


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. [6] The University was originally to be named Prince Charles University, but Rai Kedarnath, counselor to the Chief Commissioner of Delhi and founder of Ramjas College, argued that if the university should fail, that would certainly antagonise the Prince. He suggested the name by which it is known today. [7] Hari Singh Gour served as the university's first Vice-Chancellor from 1922 to 1926. 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 initially had two faculties (Arts and Science) and approximately 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. [8]

When Sir Maurice Gwyer came to India in 1937 to serve as Chief Justice of British India, he became the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi. During his time, postgraduate teaching courses were introduced and laboratories were established at the university. [9] Members of the faculty included Daulat Singh Kothari in Physics and Panchanan Maheshwari in Botany. Gwyer has been called the "maker of university". He served as Vice-Chancellor until 1950. [10]

The silver jubilee year of the university in 1947 coincided with India's independence, and the national flag was hoisted in the main building for the first time by Vijayendra Kasturi Ranga Varadaraja Rao. In that year there was no convocation ceremony due to the partition of India. Instead a special ceremony was held in 1948, attended by then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru, as well as by Lord Mountbatten, Lady Mountbatten, Abul Kalam Azad, Zakir Husain and Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar. Twenty-five years later the golden jubilee celebrations of 1973 were attended by then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, Satyajit Ray, Amrita Pritam and M. S. Subbulakshmi. [11]

Other Languages
العربية: جامعة دلهي
azərbaycanca: Dehli Universiteti
한국어: 델리 대학교
Bahasa Indonesia: Universitas Delhi
Bahasa Melayu: Universiti Delhi
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Univerzitet u Delhiju
中文: 德里大学