Maulana Azad National Urdu University

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Maulana Azad National Urdu University
مولانا آزاد قومی اردو جامعہ
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Established 1998
Type Public
Chancellor Zafar Sareshwala
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz
Location Hyderabad, Telangana State, India
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC

Maulana Azad National Urdu University (Urdu: مولانا آزاد قومی اردو جامعہ, Hindi: मौलाना आज़ाद नेशनल यूनिवर्सिटी) is a Central University located in the city of Hyderabad in the Indian state of Telangana. It was named after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, India's first Minister of Education, a freedom fighter in India's struggle for independence, and a scholar of Islam and Urdu literature. The university was established by an Act of the Parliament in January 1998, with an All India jurisdiction. The university has been awarded "A" Grade by National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC).

Objectives of the University[edit]

  1. to promote and develop the Urdu language
  2. to impart education and training in vocational and technical subjects through the medium of Urdu
  3. to provide wider access to people desirous of pursuing programmes of higher education and training in Urdu medium through Campus and Distance modes &
  4. to provide focus on women education.


Zafar Sareshwala was appointed chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University on 2 January 2015.[1][2]


The university campus has various departments.

Following academic units:

  • Department of Urdu
  • Department of English
  • Department of Arabic
  • Department of Hindi
  • Department of Persian
  • Department of Business Management
  • Department of Mass Communication
  • Department of Political Science & Public Administration
  • Department of Education & Training
  • Department of Translation
  • Department of Women Education
  • Department of Computer Science & Information Technology

Beside these departments the university has established the following centres:

  • Centre for Professional Development of Urdu Medium Teachers
  • Centre for Women Studies
  • Instructional Media Centre
  • Centre for Urdu Language, Literature & Culture
  • Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy
  • UGC Academic Staff College

The university has an Urdu learning and research institution, the Centre for Urdu Language, Literature & Culture at its Hyderabad campus.

MANUU has also started polytechnic colleges in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Darbhanga. MANUU's I.T.I's are working at Hyderabad, Bangalore and Darbhanga. It has also established model schools in Hyderabad and Darbhanga.

In addition to the above-mentioned institutions, the university has four Colleges of Teacher Education operational in Hyderabad, Bhopal, Darbhanga and Srinagar. N.T.S. (Mysore) has recently established its field unit at the MANUU campus in the Gachibowli section of Hyderabad.

Directorate of Distance Education

Directorate for Distance Education (DDE) which has initiated its distance education programmes from the year 1998 by offering B.A. in Urdu medium initially. All the courses of DDE were approved by the then Distance Education Council, New Delhi. The DDE has set up 09 Regional Centers (Delhi, Patna, Bangalore, Bhopal, Darbhanga, Srinagar, Kolkatta, Mumbai, Ranchi) and 05 Sub-Regional Centers (Hyderabad, Lucknow, Jammu, Nuh & Amravati) across the country so as to provide academic and administrative support to the students. The RCs and SRCs take care of student support services; management of Study Centres; and admission process. At present there are 161 Study Centres within the purview of these RCs/SRCs all over the country. Beside this, the University has signed MoUs with Doordarshan for imparting lessons to the students through audio visual media. Further, the DDE is endeavouring to achieve its goal of providing online admission facility; simple process of admission to facilitate the students and providing audio visual material to the students along with the Self Learning Material. Moreover, the distance education programmes are popular with a large number of students across the country and abroad. In coordination with the Consulate General of India, MANUU has started its Examination Centre at Jeddah (KSA) in 2006. The graduation, post-graduation and diploma certificates awarded by the University are at par with the certificates of other Central Universities. Day-by-day the strength of the students is growing and students on roll, as on date are 1,57,000. Thus, the DDE is striving hard to reach the unreached. According to a recent survey by the renowned weekly ‘Outlook’ the University’s distance education programmes are ranked at sixth place in the merit list of top 30 national level institutions in the country. At present, Directorate of Distance Education is offering 17 programmes through distance mode including 03 PG ( Urdu, History, English & Islamic Studies), 04 UG (B.A., B.Com., B.Sc. & B.Ed.), 02 PG Diplomas (PG Diploma in Museology, PG Diploma in Tourism Management), 02 Diplomas (Diploma in Journalism & Mass Communication, Diploma in Teach English) and 04 Certificate programmes (Food & Nutrition, Proficiency in Urdu through English, Proficiency in Urdu through Hindi, Functional English for Urdu Speakers)

In addition, the university is home to the Maulna Azad Library, which was established in 1998.[3] The library subscribes to 27 current periodicals in Urdu, 129 in English, nine in Hindi and 20 popular magazines apart from 13 newspapers in four languages: Urdu, English, Telugu and Hindi.[3]


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