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Top 10 Oldest Universities in India




Top 10 oldest universities in India

Some of the prestigious educational universities, which are more than 100 years old, still stand in glory today. Their old buildings and books truly set an example of ‘Old is Gold’.


Today’s era of modernization has not only inclined the upcoming generations towards western cultures, but has also grown their high hopes from India Education System as well. And of course, western universities are acquiring more popularity because of their advanced infrastructure.

India has given the oldest university in the world, back in the fifth century. It was Nalanda University, which was primarily a Buddhist monastery that worked as a university; set up at Bihar (then Maghada). The old university site still lays in rubble around 95 km southeast Patna. However, before any other country; various other educational institutes were built across India. Some of the prestigious educational universities, which are more than 100 years old, still stand in glory today. Certainly, it is wonderful that these centuries-old universities haven’t lost their significance in this western influenced culture and are running prestigiously. The honor which these universities hold is priceless therefore here we present to you a list of India’s Top 10 age-old established universities which are still in operations successfully.

1. Senate of Serampore University (West Bengal)

Established: 1818, university status in 1829 (201 years old)

Affiliation: University Grants Commission Act, 1956

Slogan: Wise will possess the glory

Description: Serampore institute has the first rank in
10 oldest universities in India. It is India’s first institute to be granted the status to be known as a university and also the oldest. This university was established with the motive of giving education in Arts and Sciences to the students, despite caste, color or country. Today, it offers studies related to only Theology/Divinity with 52 colleges under its affiliation all over India.

2. University of Calcutta (West Bengal)

Established: 24th January 1857 (162 years old)

Slogan: Advancement of learning

Affiliation: UGC, NAAC, AIU, and AICTE

Description: The University of Calcutta holds the second rank amongst the 10 oldest universities in India. This university has had some very notable students including Rabindranath Tagore, C.V Raman, and Amartya Sen. It was Asia’s first institution to be established as a multidisciplinary and secular Western-style university. It is recognized as a “Five-Star University” in India and has been accredited “A” Grade by NAAC. It has also been declared as a “University with Potential for Excellence” & a “Centre with Potential for Excellence In Particular Area” by the University Grants Commission within India.

3. University of Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Established: 1857 (162 years old)

Slogan: The fruit of learning is a good character and righteous conduct

Affiliation: UGC, NAAC, and AIU

Description: The University of Mumbai has the third rank in 10 oldest universities in India. It is one of the largest universities in the world and one of the major universities in India as it provides affiliation to around 711 colleges in India. It is also the oldest university in Maharashtra and also one of the earliest state universities in India. The courses which it offers include Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral courses, as well as diplomas and certificates in many disciplines like the Arts, Commerce, Science, Medical and Engineering.

4. University of Madras (Tamil Nadu)

Established: 1857 (162 years old)

Slogan: Learning promotes natural talent

Affiliation: UGC, NAAC, and AIU

Description: The University of Madras holds the fourth rank amongst the 10 oldest universities in India. This university was integrated by an act of the Legislative Council of India. This university has been given ‘five-star’ accreditation from NAAC and therefore, is one of the major centers of learning in South India. Today, this university offers 233 plus courses under 87 academic departments categorized under 19 schools, covering different diverse fields like sciences, social sciences, humanities, management, and medicine. It also has around 109 colleges under its affiliation.

5. Aligarh Muslim University (Uttar Pradesh)

Established: 1875 (144 years old)

Slogan: Taught man what he knew not (Quran 96:5)

Affiliation: UGC, NAAC, and AIU

Description: Aligarh Muslim University has the fifth rank in 10 oldest universities in India. In the beginning, AMU was under the affiliation of the University of Calcutta for the matriculate examination but became an affiliate of Allahabad University in 1885. In 1877, the school was upgraded to the college level and the foundation stone of the college building was laid by Lord Lytton. AMU is an institution that is conferred with the Institute of National Importance provided under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution at its commencement.

6. Panjab University (Chandigarh)

Established: 1882 (137 years old)

Slogan: Lead us unto the light from darkness

Affiliation: UGC, NAAC, and AIU

Description: Panjab University holds the sixth rank amongst the 10 oldest universities in India. This University has more than 75 with around 15 centers departments of teaching and research for teaching. This covers more than 550 acres of the campus area in Chandigarh. It also has 188 colleges under its affiliation spread over the eight districts of Punjab state and union-territory of Chandigarh.

7. Allahabad University (Uttar Pradesh)

Established: 1887 (132 years old)

Slogan: Every branch yields a tree

Affiliation: UGC

Description: Allahabad University has the seventh rank in 10 oldest universities in India. At one point of time, it was also called the Oxford of the East. In, 2005 its Central University status was restored through the University Allahabad Act 2005   of the Parliament of India. This premier institute covers courses from various fields such as Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, and Medicine. This university has given many famous politicians such as VP Singh, Madan Mohan Malaviya, Murli Manohar Joshi, Arjun Singh among others.

8. Banaras Hindu University (Uttar Pradesh)

Established: 1916 (103 years old)

Slogan: Knowledge imparts immortality

Affiliation: ACU, UGC, NAAC, and AIU

Description: Banaras Hindu University holds the eighth rank amongst the 10 oldest universities in India. It was established by Madan Mohan Malaviya in 1916. It is honored with the title of the largest residential university in Asia as it has over 30,000 students residing in its campus.

9. University of Mysore (Karnataka)

Established: 1916 (103 years old)

Slogan: Nothing is equal to knowledge

Affiliation: UGC, NAAC, and AIU

Description: The University of Mysore has the ninth rank in 10 oldest universities in India.   It came into recognition from the University Grants Commission. It holds around 122 colleges under its affiliation. The University of Mysore is renowned for its library all over India which has more than 800,000+ books, 2,400 journal titles, and 100,000 volumes of journals.

 10. Patna University (Bihar)

Established: 1917 (102 years old)

Slogan: Satya Tatveya Vijeyagyatsmeva

Affiliation: UGC

Description: Patna University holds the tenth rank amongst the 10 oldest universities in India. The university has been honored with the Directorate of Distance Education for conducting postgraduate studies in distance education since 1974. Its Central Library has a collection of 4, 00,000 volumes of textbooks and reference books, 87 periodicals, and 50,000 back journals. It also includes over 5000 valuable old rare manuscripts; mostly used by research scholars. 


Here was the list of 10 oldest universities in India.  They have not only raised the level of education in India but have also made our country proud all over the world. They are of great inspiration to other universities and colleges and also motivate the students to work hard throughout. Their old buildings and books truly set an example of ‘Old is Gold’.


Prakash Javadekar Launches IMPRESS And SPARC Portals To Promote Research And Innovation




“A country achieves prosperity on a sustainable basis only through innovation which can happen only by good research and which is currently a major focus area of the government,” he said while addressing a press conference.

MHRD launched two web portals which will serve to promote research and innovation in the country. The two web portals will facilitate research projects in the areas of Social Sciences by academics in India, and research collaboration among Indian and Foriegn Academics. The scheme for research in Social Sciences is IMPRESS and the scheme for collaboration with foreign universities is SPARC.

The portals were launched by Union Minister for HRD, Prakash Javadekar,  who briefed about both the schemes.


In his briefing for IMPRESS, Mr. Prakash Javadekar said that society can not progress without research in social science spectrum. The scheme, named Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS), is expected to fund 1500 projects. Rs. 414 crore have been allotted to the scheme, that is 20-25 lakh rupees would be allotted per project. The scheme would run for four cycles.

Projects would be selected for funding in an impartial manner. Mr. Javadekar said that challenge mode would be applied and selection will be strictly merit-based.

The projects funded through IMPRESS should focus on all relevant Social Sciences area such as  state and democracy, urban transformation, media culture and society, employment skills and rural transformation, governance innovation and public policy, innovation and , agriculture and rural development, social media and society, politics law and economics.

The quality benchmark for IMPRESS is that only such universities which are under 12B schemes of UGC. Each project shall conclude in 3 years and will be monitored by ICSSR.


Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) is a scheme which will encourage research collaborations between Indian universities and some of the leading universities of the world. The SPARC scheme is furthering the already launched GYAN scheme.

Rs. 418 crores have been allotted for this scheme. Under this scheme funding would be provided under three categories – below 50 lakhs, below 75 lakhs, and below 1 crore (project funding).

Each team that will be granted funding under this scheme shall comprise of eight members – 2 faculty members each from the Foreign University and Indian University and 2 students each from the foreign university and Indian university.

The quality benchmark for SPARC is that only such Indian institutes can apply which are in top 100 NIRF ranking or top 100 NIRF subject ranking. For foreign universities the benchmark is either top 500 of QS ranking or top 200 of QS subject ranking.

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7th Pay Commission: Rajasthan College teachers to very soon get a new pay structure.




It can probably be told as good news for Rajasthan Government employees as,on Monday Rajasthan’s Higher Education Minister Kiran Maheshwari said that the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission would be carried out for the college teachers in a few days.She made this announcement while addressing a conclave in the capital Jaipur. She also said that the Dishari App has been downloaded by over two lakh students. This app equips the free study material to those who are preparing for the competitive examinations.

To lift the state’s higher education sector, further… the Minister revealed the Vision Document-2020. The Education Vision for 2020 is proposed for taking India in the midst of the knowledge Society and for ensuring India becoming knowledge super power. The future agenda for education will be to empower individuals, to assure high their quality of life and pave way to the learning society. The new education system has to be rooted to culture and is committed to progress. It is a big call as Rajasthan can have polls later this year.

It came after days when a one-day strike was determined by the employees of the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSTRC) on September 17. Over 4,500 buses were off the roads as state transport corporation went on a strike over varied demands, as well asimplementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. The Central government employeeshad beenvulnerable to hit the streets over the government’s perspective in implementing the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission. They demanded a hike of Rs 26000 as against the Rs 18,000 what the pay panel had favored. If the appeals of the Central Government employees are met, the minimum payment will be raised by up to Rs 26,000 and therefore the fitment factor will be raised by 3.68 times.

As announced by the education minister, the Centre has earmarked Rs. 353 crore, under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan for the development of college infrastructure. Under the initiative, development of 100 colleges in Rajasthan was done by providing Rs 2 crore to each college.


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UGC takes steps to bring in more accreditation agencies, To set up Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC)




Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC)

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to set up an Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC) that will facilitate the commission to establish more accreditation agencies. Earlier, UGC has decided to bring in more accreditation and assessment agencies (AAAs) to speed up the process of accreditation of higher education institutes in India.

On Thursday, UGC told the university vice-chancellors that:

“To enhance the existing capacity of accreditation for meeting the requirement of higher education institutes, it has been decided to allow more accreditation agencies to come into this sphere of activity.”

UGC has also notified a “University Grants Commission (Recognition and Monitoring of Assessment and Accreditation Agencies) Regulations-2018’, that has been published in the official gazette of India on August 20.

This notification paves way for establishing government and semi-government accreditation and assessment agencies.

The new Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC) will consist of not more than 10 members who are experts and have experience in the field of Higher Education and accreditation and assessment.

Currently, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) are responsible for the accreditation of educational institutes in India.

A ‘Semi Government agency’ is an agency created by a Government agency having a majority stake in partnership with a private entity having at least five years of experience in the process of accreditation.

According to a senior official from the HRD ministry, these regulations will be applicable for all the assessment and accreditation agencies (AAAs) that will come into effect following the notification of the regulation including the NAAC and NBA.

A transparent and merit-based process will be followed by the council for the selection of the new agencies and registration of such agencies.

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