Find the list of Central Universities in India

New Delhi: Central Universities are one of the popular destinations for students due to quality education and affordability factor.  In India, there are 799 universities as on 31 March 2016. Out of these 799 universities, 47 are Central Universities (CUs), which are set up by the Central Universities Act. These universities are regulated and governed by the Central Universities Act, 2009.

 In India, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have the highest number of CUs with five each.  University of Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), IGNOU, and South Asian University are based in Delhi.  In Uttar Pradesh the five central universities are as followed: Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Allahabad University, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University. There are central universities in all of the states of India except Goa and Andhra Pradesh. Of the union territories, there are central universities in Delhi and Puducherry.


Central Universities are established by an Act of Parliament and at present, there are 47 Central Universities in the country. The University Grants Commission (UGC) provides both Development (Plan) and Maintenance (Non-Plan) assistance to Central Universities under various schemes/programmes. At present 40 Central Universities are being provided Plan (Development) Grant and grant under other specific schemes of the UGC. 24 Old Central Universities including 3 newly converted Central Universities and one Medical College are receiving Maintenance Grant from the UGC.

Seven Central Universities, namely (i) Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Manipur (ii) Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (iii) Indian Maritime University, Chennai (iv) South Asian University, New Delhi (v) Nalanda University, Bihar (vi) Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University, Uttar Pradesh and (vii) Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh are not funded by the UGC.

Out of CUs, the University of Allahabad is oldest, which was established in 1887. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi  is the largest residential university in Asia. Jawaharlal Nehru University is the top ranked university among CUs in the university category of the NIRF-India Rankings Report 2017.

List of Central Universities funded by the UGC:

1            University of Allahabad

2              Banaras Hindu University

3              Aligarh Muslim University

4              Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University

5              University of Delhi

6              Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya

7              Visva Bharati

8              The English and Foreign Languages University

9              Jawaharlal Nehru University

10           North Eastern Hill University

11           Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University

12           University of Hyderabad

13           Manipur University

14           Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya

15           Pondicherry University

16           Rajiv Gandhi University

17           Tripura University

18           Jamia Millia Islamia

19           Assam University

20           Tezpur University

21           Nagaland University

22           Maulana Azad National Urdu University

23           Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya

24           Mizoram University

25           The Indira Gandhi National Tribal University

26           Sikkim University

27           Central University of Gujarat

28           Central University of South Bihar

29           Central university of Tamil Nadu

30           Central University of Rajasthan

31           Central University of Punjab

32           Central University of Orissa

33           Central University of Kerala

34           Central University of Karnataka

35           Central University of Jharkhand

36           Central University of Kashmir

37           Central University of Jammu

38           Central University of Himachal Pradesh

39           Central University of Haryana

40           Mahatma Gandhi Central University


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