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|Motto||तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमया|
Motto in English
|Lead Us From Darkness To Light|
|Founder||Mir Osman Ali Khan|
|Affiliation||UGC, NAAC, AIU|
|Chancellor||Governor of Telangana|
|Address||Tarnaka, Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
Osmania University is a public state university located in Hyderabad, Telangana. It was founded in 1918 by then Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan. Its chief architect was Nawab Sarwar Jung. It is the seventh oldest university in India, the first to be established in the erstwhile princely State of Hyderabad.
Osmania University is one of the largest university systems in the Indian subcontinent with over 3,00,000 students in its campus, constituent and affiliated colleges. The university hosts international students from many nations. It is particularly known for its faculty of Engineering and Technology, Law, Arts, Sciences, Commerce and Management departments. Osmania Medical College was once a part of the university.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council has conferred 'A+' grade accreditation to the university and it has been given the status of 'University with Potential for Excellence' by the University Grants Commission.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Academics
- 4 Organization
- 5 Departments
- 6 Rankings
- 7 Politics and law
- 8 Business
- 9 Humanities and social science
- 10 Science and engineering
- 11 Sports
- 12 Others
- 13 See also
- 14 Further reading
- 15 References
- 16 External links
In 1846, the Nizam Medical school was formed to teach Allopathic Medical science in the Urdu language to the native students of Hyderabad state,. In the year 1854, Darul-Uloom was formed as a formal primary educational institute, and the Nizam College and College of Law were initiated in the year 1887 and 1899. Nobel Laureate poet, Rabindranth Tagore observed:
I have long been waiting for the day when, freed from the shackles of a foreign language, our education becomes naturally accessible to all our people. It is a problem for the solution of which we look to our Native States, and it gives me great joy to know that your State proposes to found a University in which instructions are to be given through the medium of Urdu. It is needless to say that your scheme has my fullest appreciation...
A plan to establish a university in Hyderabad state was initiated in 1884. Wilfred Sewen Blunt, a British educationist, prepared a proposal and presented it to the Nizam of Hyderabad on 24 January 1884. The official decree was issued on 17 August 1917 for the establishment of Osmania University. Inaugurated in 1918, the university has functioned since 28 August 1919, with an initial enrollment of 225 students. Within the first decade of its establishment, medicine and engineering faculties were started in 1927 and 1929, which were accredited throughout the Indian subcontinent. The university college for women was initiated in 1926, and in 1936 the arts college was started.
The university was established to cater to modern, secular, cultural, Islamic and regional arts education, for which the medium of instruction was selected as Urdu and English as a compulsory language, making it the first university in the Indian subcontinent to provide education in native and Urdu language. The Translation Bureau and Publication section was formed, which collected foreign and regional language textbooks along with literature, sciences and other artworks from the world and translated them into the Urdu language. Moreover, in 1974, the Progressive Women's Organisation was formed in the University which championed women's rights across India especially in the urban sector.
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 has a campus of nearly 1600 acres (6 km²). Over 5000 faculty and staff are employed at the University.
Admissions and research
Osmania is a non-profit university which is funded and managed by the government. Admissions into the Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs in the main campus is on a merit basis, evaluated by national entrance examinations such as (EAMCET, GATE, TS LAWCET or University PhD Entrance Exam) 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 include rare palm leaf manuscripts. It also has various journals and government documents. The main library coordinates a library system, which connects the libraries in the entire campus and other constituent college libraries.
Constituent centers at main campus
Osmania University is a confederation of university colleges, constituent colleges, and affiliated colleges. The constituent colleges of the university includes various colleges, including Nizam College and University College for Women. Nizam College was established in 1887 and was part of the University of Madras for 60 years; the college was made a constituent college of Osmania on 19 February 1947.
- University College for Women, Koti
- University College of Science, Saifabad, Hyderabad
- Post Graduate College, Secunderabad
- Post Graduate College of Law, Basheerbhagh
- Institute of Genetics and Hospital for Genetic Diseases
- Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Parasitology
- Center For Energy Technology
- Educational Multimedia Research Center
- Center For English Language Training
Other autonomous centers
- Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, Hyderabad
- Indian Council of Social Science Research, Hyderabad
- Center For Plant Molecular Biology
- Center For Indian Ocean Studies
- Japal-Rangapur Observatory
- Research and Training Unit in Navigational Electronics
- Regional Center For Urban and Environmental Studies
- National Institute of Nutrition
- City College Hyderabad
- Center For Stem Cell Science, Hyderabad
- Anwar Ul Uloom College, Hyderabad
- PGRR center for distance education
- Nizam College
The affiliated colleges of the university are scattered in Hyderabad district and offer various undergraduate and post-graduate courses. There are over four hundred colleges affiliated to Osmania University. They operate in conjunction with Osmania University, but they all have separate rules and criteria to be admitted into them.
|University and college rankings|
|General – international|
|Times (World) (2018)||801-1000|
|Times (BRICS) (2017)||201-250|
|Times (Asia) (2018)||251-300|
|General – India|
|NIRF (Overall) (2018)||45|
|NIRF (Universities) (2018)||28|
|Engineering – India|
|Outlook India (2017)||23|
|Law – India|
|Outlook India (2017)||10|
|The Week (2017)||26|
Osmania University was ranked 801-1000 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018, 251-300 in Asia and 251-300 in the BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings in 2017. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked it 45 in the overall ranking for 2018 and 28 among universities.
The University College of Engineering, Osmania University was ranked 23 in India by Outlook India's "Top 100 Engineering Colleges In 2017".
The Post Graduate College of Law, Osmania University was ranked tenth in India by Outlook India's "Top 25 Law Colleges In 2017". The University College of Law was ranked 26 in India by The Week's "Top Law Colleges In 2017"
Politics and law
- Subodh Markandeya, Indian Senior Advocate
- P. V. Narasimha Rao, Former Prime Minister of India
- Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana
- K. T. Rama Rao, Minister for Information Technology (IT), Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD), Textiles and NRI Affairs, Telangana
- Bandaru Dattatreya, Member of Parliament, Former Central Minister
- Sarve Satyanarayana, Former Central Minister of Transport for state, Andhra Pradesh
- Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Former minister for Information Technology and Communications, Andhra Pradesh
- K. Keshava Rao, Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha
- Kadiyam Srihari, Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana
- Damodar Raja Narasimha, Former Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana and former MLA of Andole
- Etela Rajender, Finance Minister of Telangana
- Asaduddin Owaisi, Politician, Member of Parliament of Lok Sabha
- V. Hanumantha Rao, Former Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha
- Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, Politician, General Secretary of Communist Party of India
- Kotla Jayasurya Prakasha Reddy, Politician, Former Member of Parliament and Minister of State for Railways.
- YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, President, YSR Congress Party and Leader of opposition, Andhra Pradesh 
- Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy, 16th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
- Jaipal Reddy, Former Member of Parliament and Former Union Minister for Urban Development, Petroleum and Natural Gas
- Madhu Yaskhi, Former Member of Parliament
- Nomula Narsimhaiah, Former MLA of Nakrekal
- Nadendla Manohar, Politician, Former speaker of Andhra Pradesh
- Shivraj Patil, former Union Home Minister (2004–2008), former Speaker of the Indian Parliament
- Muralidhar Rao, Bharathiya Janata Party Member, All India General Secretary, BJP Incharge, Tamil Nadu
- Keshavrao Sonawane, former Co-Operative Minister of Maharashtra State
- Bhaskarrao Bapurao Khatgaonkar, MP from Nanded (graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering)
- C. Vidyasagar Rao, Indian Politician, Governor of the states of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra
- Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer; Member of the House of Lords; seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham (Bachelor of Commerce, 1981)
- G. V. K. Reddy, GVK Group Chairman
- Sanjiv Sidhu, Chairman and CEO, i2 Technologies
- Muhammad Hamidullah, scholar on Islamic law (earned his BA, LLB and MA at Osmania, and taught international law at the university between 1936 and 1946)
- Mahe Jabeen, social activist and writer; winner of Rajiv Gandhi Manavaseva award
- Masud Husain Khan (1919-2010), linguist; 5th Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia
- Bhadriraju Krishnamurti, Dravidianist and linguist, founded the Department of Linguistics at the university
- Makhdoom Mohiuddin, Urdu poet; Communist activist; recipient of the 1969 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu
Science and engineering
- Manju Bansal, molecular biologist
- Suri Bhagavantam, physicist
- Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe Systems Incorporated
- Patcha Ramachandra Rao, metallurgist; 22nd Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University; recipient of the 1985 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in Engineering Science
- Garikapati Narahari Sastry, chemist and recipient of the 2011 Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in Chemical Science (BSc and MSc)
- Rakesh Sharma, cosmonaut, first Indian to travel in space
- Raziuddin Siddiqui, Pakistani theoretical physicist
- Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao, plant breeder, popularly known as the Father of Hybrid Sorghum, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize recipient
- Vadapalli Chandrasekhar, organometallic chemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- D. Srinivasa Reddy, medicinal chemist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Hassan Nasiem Siddiquie, marine geologist, Padma Shri recipient and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- G. Naresh Patwari, chemist and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate
- Syed Mohammad Ahsan, former Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Navy.
- Nandamuri Balakrishna, Indian film actor, works predominantly in Telugu cinema
- Mahzarin Banaji, psychologist and Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University
- Shyam Benegal, director and screenwriter, recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 1991
- Harsha Bhogle, cricket commentator
- Diana Hayden, former Miss World and actress
- Kancha Ilaiah, Dalit scholar
- Santosh Kumar, Pakistani film actor
- K. Venkata Ramiah, founder Vice Chancellor of Kakatiya University; member of Union Public Service Commission
- G. Ram Reddy, father of Open Learning in India
- George Reddy, student leader
- Yaga Venugopal Reddy, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (PhD)
- Ananda Shankar Jayant, classical dancer and a recipient of Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
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