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Osmania University is a public state university located in University town, Hyderabad, India, and founded in 1918 with the help of chief Architect of Mahbub Ali Khan - Nawab Sarwar Jung.[1] It was established by and named after the seventh and last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan. It is the third oldest university in southern India, and the first to be established in the erstwhile princely State of Hyderabad.[2][3][4] 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.[5]

Osmania University
Osmania University Logo.png
Motto in English
Lead us from Darkness to Light
FounderMir Osman Ali Khan
ChancellorGovernor of Telangana
  • S.Ramachandram
Location, ,
AffiliationsUGC, NAAC, AIU

The Main Campus is ranked tenth among the State Universities, as published by India Today.[6] As of 2012, the university hosts 3,700 international students from more than 80 nations.[7] The O.U. is one of the largest university systems in the subcontinent with over 300,000 students on its campuses and affiliated colleges. The O. U. is particularly known for its faculty of Engineering and Technology, Law, Arts, Biochemistry, Genetics and Biotechnology, Commerce and Management departments. The Osmania Medical College; one of the top Medical schools in the country, was once a part of the O.U. System.[8] However, it is now under the supervision of Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences.[9][10][11]



Students dressed in sherwani at the University College of Arts, c. 1939-1945.

The Osmania University was brought into existence in 1918 through a firman of the Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan. The need for a university in Hyderabad State was felt for a long time, and in 1917, Sir Akbar Hydari, in a memorandum to the Education Minister, emphasized the need to establish a university with Urdu as the medium of instruction "as it is the language of the widest currency in India". In 1934, the university was shifted to the present campus.

After independence and the accession of Hyderabad State in 1948, the university fell under the purview of the state government. English replaced Urdu as the medium of instruction.

The university postage stamp released by the government of India on 15 March 1969

Main campusEdit

The Main campus 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. Admission to Main campus departments of Genetics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Management, and Law is highly competitive.[12] The state government has appointed Prof S.Ramachandram 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.[5]

The University College of Arts and Social Sciences has an architectural heritage structure similar to College of Sultan Hassan in Cairo, Egypt.[13]

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 Technology, University College of Engineering, University College of Law, University College of Science, Institute of Advance Study in Education, and PG College of Physical Education. 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.[14]

University College of Engineering, Osmania University is one of the top 15 engineering schools in the country[15][16]

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. Nearly 5000 faculty and staff are employed at Osmania.[17] It attracts students from across the nation as well as from other countries.[18]

The College of Law is one of the top 15 law schools in the country[19]

Admissions and ResearchEdit

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.


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.[20]

Constituent collegesEdit

Osmania University is a confederation of university colleges, constituent colleges, and affiliated colleges. The constituent colleges of the university includes:[21]

Other Autonomous CentersEdit

Affiliated collegesEdit


Notable alumni and facultyEdit

Notable alumni of Osmania University include major politicians of India, including 9th Prime Minister of India P. V. Narasimha Rao[12] 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.[23] 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.[24] Rafi Ahmed, a well-known virologist and immunologist graduated from Osmania University in 1968.

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.


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  15. ^ "Overall Ranking of Top Engineering Colleges" (PDF). Retrieved 21 August 2012.
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  18. ^ Aarti Dhar (15 July 2012). "News / National : Still a small global campus". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  19. ^ "Outlook Rankings: NALSAR, Hyderabad ranked the best law school in the country; followed by NLSIU, Bangalore and NLIU, Bhopal". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
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  21. ^ "Osmania University Constituent Colleges". Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Affiliated Colleges List Under Osmania University". Osmaina University. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
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