Delhi University is the premier public university located in New Delhi. Delhi University is commonly also referred to as the University of Delhi. The university came into existence through an act of the Central Legislative Assembly in 1922. University Grants Commission (UGC) recognizes this university as an Institute of Eminence. Its functions are mainly divided into departments and constituent colleges of the university. At the foundation, the university had three colleges and 750 students. The university comprises 86 departments and 16 faculties divided into two zones: South Campus and North Campus. The Chancellor of the Delhi University is the Vice-President of India.
History of University of Delhi
It was founded in 1922 by the Colonial Government as a residential, unitary, and teaching university through an act of the Central Legislative Assembly. There were only four colleges at the time of the foundation, and they were Hindu College (1889), St. Stephen College (1881), Zakir Hussain Delhi College (earlier popular as the Delhi College) and the Ramjas College (1917), and they were affiliated to Delhi University. It had only two faculties, i.e., science and arts, with 750 students.
British had shifted its capital from Kolkata to New Delhi in 1911. The residence of the Viceroy of India was Viceregal Lodge Estate until it was allotted to the University of Delhi in 1933. From that now it consists of a vice-chancellor's office and other offices of the University of Delhi.
Sir Maurice Gwyer visited the nation to take the responsibility of Chief Justice of Colonial India in 1937, and he also took the responsibility of the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University. He has been titled "maker of the university," and his tenure as Vice-Chancellor ended in 1950. During his tenure, laboratories and postgraduate teaching courses were introduced to the university. Faculty members were Panchanan Maheshwari (Botany) and Daulat Singh Kothari (Physics).
Along with India's Independence in 1947, the University of Delhi's silver jubilee also came. Varadaraja Rao hoisted the national flag for the first time in the main building. No Convocation function was performed as the nation was in grief because of the partition of India. A Special ceremony was held, which was graced by the Former Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru, along with Lady Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten, Zakir Hussain, Abul Kalam Azad, and Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar. Delhi University celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1973 in the presence of Indira Gandhi, Amrita Pritam, Satyajit Ray, and M.S. Subbulakshmi.
Current Form of the University of Delhi
The university has grown into a huge with changing times. Delhi University commands 86 academic departments, 77 colleges, 16 faculties, and 5 other institutes across the city.
Delhi University is the top choice of students for pursuing higher education. Honorary degrees have been conferred to eminent persons like former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit, versatile actor Amitabh Bachchan, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown, and Chemist C.N.R Rao Cartoonist R.K. Laxman.
Delhi University's Campuses
Delhi University-affiliated colleges have been spread across Delhi, but it is mainly divided into two campuses: North Campus and South Campus. Zakir Hussain, which is situated in Central Delhi, is the oldest college which is 300 years old.
The following colleges are included in the North Campus:
The campus also stores a Centre for Graduate Study and research, including the Delhi School of Journalism, Cluster Innovation Centre, and the Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research (ACBR).
Following are the institutes and colleges that are part of the South Campus:
A very limited number of colleges provide hostels to their students, and Hostel facilities depend on the merit of the students. 20 Colleges give hostel facilities to their students.
Administrations and Organisations
Governance Body of the University
The highest executive body of the university is the Academic council, and the highest academic body of the University is Executive Council. They are accountable for education and examination and maintenance of instruction standards within the university premises. The supreme authority of the university is the University Court which holds the jurisdiction to review the acts of the Academic Council and the Executive Councill. The executive council holds the right to advise on all academic matters. The Finance Committee is accountable for budget recommendations, goals, and financial policies.
The university is a collegiate university, so all the colleges are affiliated with the University of Delhi. The budget allocation depends on Delhi University and is largely categorized into three ways:
Those colleges which Delhi University controls are entitled to receive a 100% deficient maintenance grant, while Colleges that are maintained by the trusts receive 95% deficit grants.
Sixty-five colleges under university give liberal courses in science, social sciences, and Humanities. Twenty-five colleges are part of the South Campus, and the rest are part of the North Campus. Some colleges also provide evening courses to the students. Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, an undergraduate management college part of the university, is the best B-school in India, ranked by India Today.
86 academic departments are partitioned into 16 faculties:
They have also started to offer the Faculty of Technology that offers courses related to Engineering and Technology. They had faculty called Delhi College of Engineering and later changed to the Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and Delhi Technological University but turned into the Netaji Subhash University of Technology.
Recognized Institute of the University of Delhi
Delhi University's Academic Courses
The university at present offers 240 courses for Undergraduate and Postgraduates.
Delhi University Stadium is located on the North Campus, spans over 10,000 square meters, and can accommodate 7,500 temporary and 2,500 permanent seats. It began building in 2008 and was completed in 2010, before the inception of the commonwealth games. The stadium has a boxing, netball, women's wrestling, and athletics training area.
Commonwealth Games Organising Committee handed over the stadium to the Delhi University administration after the completion of the games. The university devised a plan to upgrade and develop a multipurpose arena for outdoor and indoor facilities. They opened the stadium in 2011 with all accessible facilities.
Life of a Student
Delhi has an elected student union body called Delhi University Students Union, the official student union wing at the University of Delhi.
Faculty and Notable Alumni of the University of Delhi
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
1. How to get admission to Delhi University?
Those interested in taking an Undergraduate course at Delhi University have to give CUCET (Central University Common Entrance Exam). The process of application for CUCET 2022 is entirely online.
2. Is it good to study at the University of Delhi?
According to the NIRF Top Universities ranking, D.U. ranks at 19 places in the "Overall Category". The university has 60,000 seats with various programs with 77 colleges affiliated with it. A student must just spend INR 10000 to INR 50000 to complete the course.