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Osmania University

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Osmania University ఉస్మానియా విశ్వవిద్యాలయము جامعہ عثمانیہ
File:Osmania University Logo.png
Motto तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय।
(Tamaso Mā Jyotir Gamaya)
Motto in English
Lead us from Darkness to Light
Established 1918
Type Public
Chancellor E. S. L. Narasimhan
Vice-Chancellor Prof. S. Satyanarayana
Location Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Campus Urban, 1600 acres (6 km²)
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Affiliations UGC, NAAC, AIU
Website [1]

The Osmania University ఉస్మానియా విశ్వవిద్యాలయము جامعہ عثمانیہ(OU) is a public state university located in Hyderabad, India, and founded in 1918 with the help of chief Architect of Mahbub Ali Khan - Nawab Sarwar Jung [1] It was established and named after the last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan.[2] It is the first Indian university to have Urdu as a medium of instruction.[1]

In 2012, the university was placed sixth among the Nation's Premier Universities in Humanities, Sciences and Commerce stream, which secured the 'University with Potential for Excellence' status.[3] The Main Campus is ranked tenth among the State Universities, as published by India Today.[4] As of 2012, the university hosts 3,700 international students from more than 80 nations.[5]

The OU is one of the largest university systems in the subcontinent with over 300,000 students on its campuses and affiliated colleges. It is particularly known for its faculty of Engineering and Technology, Law, Arts, Sciences, Commerce and Management departments. Osmania Medical College was once a part of the university.[6] However, it is now under the supervision of NTR University of Health Sciences.[7]

The university is a chief intellectual centre in Hyderabad, and its alumni and faculty members include many distinguished individuals, including former Prime Minister of India P. V. Narasimha Rao.[8]

The state government has appointed Prof S Satyanarayana as vice chancellor of the University.

The University is accredited by the NAAC with an 'A' Grade and conferred with the status of 'University with Potential for Excellence' by the UGC, New Delhi.[3]


The University College of Arts and Social Sciences has an architectural heritage structure similar to College of Sultan Hassan in Cairo, Egypt.[9]
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The university postage stamp released by the government of India on 15 March 1969

Osmania University was founded in 1918 by the Seventh Nizam of Hyderabad state, Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan for higher learning in India. It is the third oldest in southern India and the first to be established in the erstwhile princely State of Hyderabad.[10][11]

Admissions and research

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The University Library

Osmania is a non-profit university which is funded and managed by the government. Admissions into the Bachelor of Engineering, Masters and Doctoral programs in main campus is on a merit basis, evaluated by national entrance examinations (EAMCET, GATE, BCFSBTGMES-N&D, APLAWCET, O.U. PhD Entrance Exam etc.) for each of the courses offered. The research activities are funded by various autonomous agencies of the government of India.


Osmania University is a confederation of University Colleges, Constituent Colleges, and affiliated colleges. The University Colleges are located within the main campus of the university. There are eight such colleges: the University College of Arts and Social Sciences, University College of Commerce & Business Management, University College of Engineering, University College of Law, University College of Science, University College of Technology, Institute of Advance Study in Education, and PG College of Physical Education. The Constituent Colleges of the university includes various colleges, including Nizam College and University College for Women.[12] Nizam College was established in 1887 and was part of the University of Madras for 60 years; the college was made a Constituent College of Osmania on 19 February 1947.[13]

The affiliated colleges of the university are scattered in Hyderabad district and offer various undergraduate and post-graduate courses.[14]

The university offers courses in Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Engineering, Medicine, Technology, Commerce and Business Management, Information Technology and Oriental Languages. In 2001, Osmania was awarded five-star status by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) of the University Grants Commission, part of the Government of India.[15]

The university has a campus of nearly 1600 acres (6 km²) with 300,000 students (counting all the campuses, constituent affiliated colleges and district centres) making it one of the largest higher education system in India. It is home to nearly 300,000 students pursuing their higher studies in its. Nearly 5000 faculty and staff are employed at Osmania.[18] TIt attracts students from across the nation as well as from other countries.[19]

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The College of Law is one of the top 15 law schools in the country[20]


The University Library is the main library of the university and it was founded in 1918 along with the university. It has close to 500,000 books and more than 6000 manuscripts, which includes rare palm leave manuscripts. It also has various journals, government documents, etc. The main library coordinates a library system, which connects the libraries in the entire campus and other constituent college libraries.[21]

Constituent Centers of Main Campus


Notable alumni and faculty

Notable alumni of Osmania University include major politicians of India, including 9th Prime Minister of India P. V. Narasimha Rao[8] and 16th and last Chief Minister of united Andhra Pradesh with Telangana Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy, current CEO Adobe systems Shantanu Narayen and senior advocate Subodh Markandeya. Other alumni includes former Indian Cricket team captain Mohammed Azharuddin, cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, novelist Venkatesh Kulkarni, PDSU founder George Reddy, former Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India Yaga Venugopal Reddy, chemist Garikapati Narahari Sastry, Metallurgist and former Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University Patcha Ramachandra Rao and physicist Raziuddin Siddiqui. Rakesh Sharma, cosmonaut and the first Indian to travel in space, was a graduate of Osmania.[22] Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer, Member of the House of Lords, and the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Osmania in 1981.[23]

Notable former faculty members of the university include Bhadriraju Krishnamurti, Dravidianist and linguist, and founder of linguistics department at the university, physicist Suri Bhagavantam, and eminent linguist Masud Husain Khan.

See also


  1. ^ a b Roger L. Geiger (2009). Curriculum, accreditation, and coming of age of higher education. Transaction Publishers. pp. 154–155. ISBN 978-1-4128-1031-9. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "H.E.H. Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Osmania University ranked 6th among top ten universities" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  4. ^ "India's top 50 universities - | Photos | India Today |". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Hyderabad: Osmania University tells foreign students to keep off drugs". Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  6. ^ "About OMC". Osmania Medical College. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Affiliated University". Osmania Medical College. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "P. V. Narasimha Rao – A Profile". Indian PM's official website. Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. 
  9. ^ "A slice of Egypt in Hyderabad". Chennai, India: 14 February 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  10. ^ History
  11. ^ "INSA". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  12. ^ "List of Colleges under Osmania University Jurisdiction". Osmania University. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "History". Nizam College. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Affiliated Colleges List Under Osmania University". Osmaina University. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Team (2007-11-25). "Ranking of University | India". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  16. ^ "Overall Ranking of Top Engineering Colleges" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  17. ^ Special Correspondent (2012-07-23). "Cities / Hyderabad : Osmania University computer science students placed high". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  18. ^ "About Osmania University". Osmania University. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  19. ^ Aarti Dhar (2012-07-15). "News / National : Still a small global campus". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  20. ^ "Outlook Rankings: NALSAR, Hyderabad ranked the best law school in the country; followed by NLSIU, Bangalore and NLIU, Bhopal". Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  21. ^ "University Library". Osmania University. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Nizam College fete from tomorrow". The Hindu. 19 February 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  23. ^ "Lord Bilimoria appointed as Chancellor of the University of Birmingham". Birmingham University. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 

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