Gauhati University

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Gauhati University
গুৱাহাটী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয
Gauhati University logo.jpg
Motto Vidyaya Sadhayeta
Motto in English
Achievement through Learning/Knowledge
Type Public - Research
Established 1948
Chancellor Governor of Assam
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mridul Hazarika[1]
Location Guwahati, Assam, India
Campus Urban
Nickname GU
Affiliations UGC

The Gauhati University which is located in Jalukbari, Guwahati, is the first, oldest and renowned University in the entire North East India. It was established in 1948. It is a teaching-cum-affiliating university. There are several colleges, institutes etc. that are affiliated to this university. At present there are approximately 326 Colleges/Institutes (list of colleges) which comes under this university, which are mostly located in the districts of lower Assam.


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.[2] 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.[3] It had 17 affiliated colleges and eight Post Graduate Departments on its establishment.[2]

The University which started functioning from the city center was shifted to the present campus in 1955-56.


Statutory bodies

It consists of The G.U. Court, The Executive Council, The Academic Council are the authorities of the University.[4]


The university is in Jalukbari in the Guwahati city area. The campus has a hillock on the southern side and the mighty river 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 center[edit]

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 Handiqui Library is a designated 'Manuscript Conservation Centre' (MCC) under the National Mission for Manuscripts established in 2003.[5]

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.[6]

Academic faculties[edit]

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 halls[edit]

Hall of Residence for Women

  1. Nalinibala Devi
  2. Rani Gaidalu Law
  3. Chandraprabha Saikia
  4. Indira Miri
  5. Puspalata Das
  6. Padmawati Devi
  7. New Girls' Hostel
  8. Mulagabharu Girls' Hostel
  9. Gandhi Bhawan

Hall of Residence for Men

  1. Madhab Bezbaruah
  2. Gopinath Bardoloi
  3. Dr. Banikanta Kakati
  4. Dr. Bhubaneswar Baruah
  5. V. Venkata Rao
  6. Lakshminath Bez baruah
  7. Sahityacharya Atul Chandra Hazarika
  8. Padmanath Gohain Baruah
  9. Lachit Barphukan
  10. Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala
  11. Jnanadabhiram Baruah

See also[edit]

List of colleges affiliated to Gauhati University


External links[edit]

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