Gauhati University

Gauhati University also known as GU located in Jalukbari, Guwahati, is the oldest and one of the most renowned universities in North East India. It was established in 1948. It is a teaching-&-affiliating university.

Gauhati University
Gauhati University logo.jpg
MottoVidyayo Sadhayeta
Motto in English
Achievement through Learning/Knowledge
Established26 January 1948; 72 years ago (1948-01-26)
ChancellorGovernor of Assam
Vice-ChancellorPratap Jyoti Handique
Academic staff
341 (2018)[1]
Administrative staff
1167 (2018)[1]
Students5411 (2018)[1]
Undergraduates1290 (2018)[2]
Postgraduates3753 (2018)[2]
398 (2018)[2]
Location, ,
26°09′13″N 91°39′48″E / 26.1537°N 91.6634°E / 26.1537; 91.6634
CampusUrban, total 508 acres (2.06 km2)[1]

It is accredited grade "A" by National Assessment and Accreditation Council.[3] Starting with 18 affiliated colleges and 8 Post Graduate Departments in 1948, Gauhati University, today, has 39 Post Graduate Departments, besides IDOL (Institute of Distance and Open Learning), a constituent Law and Engineering College. It has 341 affiliated colleges offering undergraduate and post graduate courses in the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, and Engineering. Gauhati University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.[4]


Vice-Chancellor K.K Handique at the 1st Convocation of Gauhati University with S Radhakrishnan, the 1st Vice -President of India in 1949

The first public demand was made at the annual session of the Assam Association held at Sivasagar in 1917. In 1940 the Government appointed S. K. Bhuyan as Special Officer with the task of collecting relevant information on the selection of site and related matters.[5] The university was established by an act of the State Legislature: the Gauhati University Act 1947 (Assam Act, XVI of 1947) of the government of Assam in 1948. The first court meeting of the university was held on 26 January 1948, which is considered the foundation day, at the old Sudmerson Hall of Cotton College, Guwahati.[6]

It started functioning as an affiliating, teaching and residential university in a few temporary buildings in Guwahati, with K.K Handique as the first Vice-Chancellor, Phanidhar Dutta, Sailandhar Rajkhowa and Sarat Kumar Dutta were selected as the Registrar, Treasurer and Secretary of University Classes respectively. The emblem of the University, selected from among many submitted, was designed by T. Mukherjee, a textile designer of Ahmedabad. Two Sanskrit words inscribed on it – Vidyaya Sadhayeta (meaning achievement through learning) – indicate the motto of the University.[4] It had 17 affiliated colleges and eight Post Graduate Departments on its establishment.[5] The University which started functioning from the city center was shifted to the present campus in 1955–56.


Administrative Building

The G.U. Court, The Executive Council, and The Academic Council are the authorities of the University.[7]


The university is in Jalukbari in the Guwahati city area. The campus has a hillock on the southern side and the mighty river the Brahmaputra is flowing on the northern side. The campus area has been developed into a small township, now known as 'Gopinath Bardoloi Nagar'. It has about 5000 population including 3000 students residing in the hostels.

Apart from the residential quarters of teachers, officers and employees, there are 22 halls of residence for students. The necessary civic amenities such as health service, water supply, street lighting, internal roads, guest house, post and telegraph office, a branch of the State Bank of India, United Bank Of India, canteens, a market, parks, playgrounds, auditorium, indoor stadium, etc. are on campus.

The university is 10 km from the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport on National Highway No. 37; 5 km from Kamakhya Railway Station; and 10 km from Guwahati Railway Station as well as from the bus stop near the Cachari (D.C. court) at the heart of Guwahati City. The capital complex of Assam at Dispur is 22  km from the university. The university is easily accessible from the Guwahati city; Guwahati has road, rail and air links from all parts of the country. A large number of bus services from parts of Assam have their station at Adabari bus stand which is 2  km from the campus.

To automate their internal processes, Gauhati University has chosen Kalingasoft's flagship Education ERP solution, Greycells. This implementation has resulted in the complete automation of the university's academic, administrative and financial processes.

Library and regional centerEdit

The North Eastern Regional Centre (NERC) of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) is in the Gauhati University Central Library Extension Building. Along with Bangalore ICHR Regional Centre, this is the only regional centre in GU so far.

The university's Krishna Kanta Handique Library is a designated 'Manuscript Conservation Centre' (MCC) under the National Mission for Manuscripts established in 2003.[8]

The library is the largest in Assam, holding about 850,000 books, magazines, and journals in its collection. It also hosts about 5,000 valuable priceless manuscripts, some more than 300 years old.[9]

Academic facultiesEdit

The institution is divided into following academic units:


When Gauhati University was established, it had 17 affiliated colleges. Today it has 326 colleges in Assam which are affiliated to Gauhati University.

Residential student hallsEdit

Hall of Residence for Women

  1. Nalinibala Devi RCC1 Girls' Hall
  2. Indira Miri RCC2 Girls' Hall
  3. Puspalata Das RCC3 Girls' Hall
  4. Padmabati Phukanani RCC4 Girls' Hall
  5. Mamoni Roisom Goswami RCC5 Girls' Hall
  6. Pratima Barua Pandey RCC6 Girls' Hall
  7. Kanaklata Barua RCC7 Girls' Hall
  8. Gandhi Bhawan (Only for research scholar)
  9. Rani Gaidalu AT2 Girls' Hall (For LLB Students)
  10. Chandraprabha Saikiani AT3 Girls' Hall
  11. IST Girls' Hall (For GUIST student)

Hall of Residence for Men

  1. Madhab Bezbaruah RCC1 Boys' Hall
  2. Gopinath Bardoloi RCC2 Boys' Hall
  3. Dr. Banikanta Kakati RCC3 Boys' Hall
  4. Dr. Bhubaneswar Baruah RCC4 Boys' Hall
  5. V. Venkata Rao RCC5 Boys' Hall (Only for Research Scholar)
  6. Lakshminath Bez baruah
  7. Sahityacharya Atul Chandra Hazarika
  8. Padmanath Gohain Baruah
  9. Lachit Barphukan AT7 Boys' Hall
  10. Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala AT8 Boys' Hall
  11. Jnanadabhiram Baruah AT9 Boys' Hall (Only for LLB Students)


University rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2019)[11]65
NIRF (Universities) (2019)[12]42

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Gauhati University 65 overall in India[11] and 42 among universities[12] in 2019.

The National Institutional Ranking Framework ranked the Gauhati University as follows:

Year Universities Overall
2019 42nd 65th[13]
2018 39th 61st[14]
2017 27th 43rd[15]
2016 22nd[16] --

Notable alumni and facultyEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d NAAC peer team report
  2. ^ a b c Annual Quality Assurance Reports (AQARs)
  3. ^ National Accessment and Accreditation Council
  4. ^ a b History of Gauhati University
  5. ^ a b "H i s t o r y". Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  6. ^ "A d m i n i s t r a t i o n". Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Manuscript Conservation Centres Archived 6 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine National Mission for Manuscripts.
  9. ^ "Varsity effort to preserve old manuscripts". The Times Of India. 6 February 2012.
  10. ^ a b c "Gauhati University to offer PG courses in 4 regional languages | Guwahati NYOOOZ". NYOOOZ. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  11. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  12. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  13. ^ {{cite|title=National Institutional Ranking|url=
  14. ^ {{cite|title=National Institutional Ranking Framework|url=
  15. ^ National Institutional Ranking Framework
  16. ^ National Institutional Ranking Framework

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Coordinates: 26°09′13″N 91°39′48″E / 26.1537°N 91.6634°E / 26.1537; 91.6634