The University of Delhi (DU) was founded in 1922 by the government of British India. The new university soon absorbed four other colleges already existing in Delhi: Delhi College (originally founded in 1792 as Zakir Husain Delhi College); St. Stephen’s College (founded in 1881); Hindu College (founded in 1899); and Ramjas College (founded in 1917). One reason why the British decided to establish DU was the transfer of the seat of colonial administration from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Delhi in 1911.
In 1931, the district of New Delhi was carved out of the ancient city of Delhi to serve officially as the new capital of British India. As an emblem of the close connection between DU and the seat of the British colonial administration, it is interesting to note that the building housing the present vice-chancellor’s office was the Viceroy of India’s residence until 1933, when it was transferred to the university.
In 1947, the Union Jack was lowered for the last time, and the new flag of the independent Republic of India was raised in its stead.
Today, DU comprises 16 faculties organized into 86 academic departments, with an additional five research institutes.
The university welcomes both formal (regularly matriculated, or full-time) and “informal” (part-time) students. The number of formal students is more than 132,000, while an additional 261,000 students fall into the informal category, making DU one of the largest universities in the world.
Students belong to specific colleges in accordance with the English “Oxbridge” system. There are 77 such colleges in all, counting both residential and off-campus facilities.
Among prominent DU-associated individuals, we may name the following:
According to Wikipedia,
The University of Delhi, informally known as Delhi University , is a collegiate public central university located in New Delhi, India. It was founded in 1922 by an Act of the Central Legislative Assembly and is recognized as an Institute of Eminence by the University Grants Commission . As a collegiate university, its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and constituent colleges. Consisting of three colleges, two faculties, and 750 students at its founding, the University of Delhi has since become India's largest institution of higher learning and among the largest in the world. The university has 16 faculties and 86 departments distributed across its North and South campuses. It has 77 constituent colleges and five other institutes. The Vice President of India serves as the university chancellor.
Delhi University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:
Delhi University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Social Work, Economics, and Communications. Here are some of Delhi University's most famous alumni: