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Osmania University is one of the premier institutions of higher learning in India epitomizing the national agenda for higher education. “A pioneering and performing university accredited by NAAC with the highest rating of five stars in the service of the Nation, making higher education accessible, affordable and meaningful to lakhs of students from a backward region”.
This aptly sums up the spirit and essence of Osmania University – the symbol of life long learning.


Established in 1918, Osmania University is the 7th oldest university in the country, 3rd oldest in south India and the oldest in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Named after its
founder Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, the 7th Nizam of the then princely state of Hyderabad, Osmania University is the first university in the country to impart
instruction through the medium of an Indian language i.e., Urdu with English as a compulsory subject. Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore lauded this revolutionary experiment of a regional language as the medium of higher education.The birth of Osmania University with the lofty ideals of synthesizing the ancient and modern, the orient and occidental and development of national ethos in the academic pursuits of a high order symbolized a renaissance in the Indian higher education system.

Osmania university Arts college building

Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan,

the 7th Nizam
of the then princely state of Hyderabad

The garden in front of the main building

The magnificent entrance.

the university library


Osmania University forms an integral part of the history, cosmopolitan culture,architectural richness and legacy of the 400-year-old city of Hyderabad, which is fast emerging as the knowledge capital of India. It is located on sprawling campus on the East of Hyderabad.

Education, research and admissions

Osmania university is a non-profit university, which is funded and managed by the government. Admissions into bachelor of engineering, masters and doctoral programs of this university is purely on a merit basis, evaluated by national entrance examinations for each of the courses offered. The research activities are funded by various agencies like UGC (University Grants Commission) or by CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) which are autonomous agencies of government of India. Osmania University, founded by the Nizam in 1918, is the seventh oldest in India.

Its alumni have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally .


Osmania has a campus of nearly 1600 acres (6 km²). Osmania University is perhaps the largest higher education system in the country. The university attracts students from all across the nation as well as from various other countries. It is the home to nearly 300,000 students pursuing their higher studies in its campus, constituent affiliated colleges and district centres. Its faculty and staff number nearly 5,000.

Osmania offers courses in Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Engineering, Medicine, Technology, Commerce and Business Management, Information Technology and Oriental Languages.

In the year 2001, Osmania University had the distinction of being awarded the five-star status by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) of the University Grants Commission, part of the Government of India.

With such a milieu and conducive academic ambience as the backdrop, the growth of Osmania University has been carefully nurtured in teaching research and extension
to serve the socio-economically backward region of Telangana, its catchment area and the country at large. The development of Osmania University during the last
eight decades witnessed the establishment of a large number of teaching departments and the structuring of academic programmes, besides setting up of a host of specialized centres such as the Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES), the Centre for Indian Ocean Studies (CIOS), the Research and Training Centre for Navigational Electronics (NERTU), the Audio Visual Research Centre (AVRC), the University Computer Centre (UCC), the Academic Staff College (ASC), the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) for promotion of interinstitutional collaboration and to offer consultancy and customized service. Growth is also reflected in the decentralization of higher education through opening of off campus PG centres in rural areas and extending access to education through distance education to meet the increasing demands for higher education. The academic diversity, physical spread and infra-structural strength add to the University’s comprehensiveness and complexity at the turn of the new century.Over the years, Osmania University has crossed several mile stones, made significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge and kept pace with changing times and needs of new generations. It has transitioned from a traditional university and traversing to become a pacesetter in the field of higher education with an international outlook and global out reach. Osmania University truly exemplifies continuity, change, tradition and modernity in higher learning.VISION Osmania University envisions to be the premier institution that offers teaching and learning programmes of the best quality and graduate students who excel and become leaders in their chosen walk of life contributing to the community, nation and the world.”

The mission of the University is to achieve excellence in teaching and research, to preserve and generate knowledge, to develop and enhance human resources, to improve the quality of life and contribute to regional and national development in harmony with culture, heritage and environment.

Major Colleges

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Science

The schools of Botany, Zoology, Environmental Science,Geography, Geoinformatics, Geophysics, Geology, Geochemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics , Microbiology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Physics have been contributing to the scientific community through research.

College of Commerce and Business Management

The Department of Business Management, Osmania University has been offering an MBA program since 1964. This program has been consistently ranked as one of the best MBA programs in India. Only 60 students from over 100,000 applicants make it into this MBA program through a competitive exam. Besides M.B.A it offers Ph.D in management also.It has tie up with various institutions like college of defence management to offer MMS for senior military officers,Deccan school of hospital management and Apollo institute of Hospital administration to offer MHM.It offers MPM in association with Sarder Vallabhai Patel institute of police administration.

College of Engineering and Technology

The College of Engineering (OUCE), established in 1929, offers B.E (Bachelor of Engineering), M.E (Master of Engineering), and Ph.D. programs in various engineering fields. It is an autonomous college and arguably the best engineering college in Andhra Pradesh.The College due to its tremendous academic pursuit and excellence of its alumni has been given the status of IIT which places it amongst the very elite of the engineering colleges in the country as per the S.K Joshi committee which chose seven engineering colleges from around the country for conversion to IIT which places it well above the NIT's and REC's in terms of Technical Education.. The College of technology is one of the best colleges of Chemical Engineering in southern India. This college evolved from applied chemistry department. It offers Chemical Engineering, Textile Engineering and Food Technology courses.

School of medical sciences

The School of medical sciences was converted to Osmania Medical College as per the guidelines of Medical Council of India then merged with NTR Health university after the formation of this special university in late 80 s'.Till 1990 all the medical graduates received their degree  from Osmania University and bear the emblem of Osmania University .

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