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Hyderabad Osmania University History, Departments, Autonomous Centers:

Osmania University is a public state university located in University town, Hyderabad, India, and founded in 1918. It was established by and named after Mir Osman Ali Khan, the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad. It is the third oldest university in southern India, and the first to be established in the erstwhile Kingdom of Hyderabad. It is the first Indian university to have Urdu as a medium of instruction. As of 2012, the university hosts 3,700 international students from more than 80 nations.

The O.U. is one of the largest university systems in the subcontinent with over 300,000 students on its campuses and affiliated colleges. The Osmania Medical College; was once a part of the O.U. System. However, it is now under the supervision of Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences.

Osmania University History:

The Osmania University was brought into existence in 1918 through a firman of Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of Hyderabad. The need for a university in Hyderabad State was felt for a long time, and in 1917, Sir Akbar Hydari, in a memorandum to the Education Minister, emphasized the need to establish a university with Urdu as the medium of instruction “as it is the language of the widest currency in India”.

The Nizam sent Zain Yar Jung on a voyage to study world architecture and recruit architects to design a new campus of the university. He met Belgian architect Edward Jasper in Egypt, who he commissions to design the university campus. In 1934, the university was shifted to the present campus, inaugurated by the Nizam. The arts college, however, was inaugurated in 1938.

After independence and the accession of Hyderabad State in 1948, the university fell under the purview of the state government. English replaced Urdu as the medium of instruction, and the Nizam’s crown was also removed from the university seal.

Osmania University Founders: Mir Osman Ali Khan, Akbar Hydari
Osmania University Affiliations: University Grants Commission, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Association of Indian Universities

Hyderabad Osmania University

Colleges and Departments:

Constituent Colleges:

Osmania University is a confederation of university colleges, constituent colleges, and affiliated colleges. The constituent colleges of the university includes:

  • Nizam College
  • Post Graduate College of Law, Basheerbhagh
  • University College for Women, Koti
  • University College of Science, Saifabad
    University Post Graduate College, Secunderabad

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

Affiliated Colleges:

The affiliated colleges of the university are scattered in Telangana and offer various undergraduate and post-graduate courses. Notable affiliated colleges include:

  • Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology
  • Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology
  • Deccan College of Engineering and Technology
  • Maturi Venkata Subba Rao Engineering College
  • Methodist College of Engineering and Technology
  • Stanley College of Engineering and Technology for Women
  • Vasavi College of Engineering


in Osmania University:

College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Ancient history, culture & Archeology
  • Arabic
  • Communication & Journalism
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • History
  • Islamic Studies
  • Kannada
  • Library & Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Marathi
  • Persian
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Russian
  • Sanskrit
  • Sociology
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • Theatre Arts

College of Commerce and Business Management

  • Commerce
  • Business Management

College of Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Automobile Engineering
  • Production Engineering

College of Law

  • Law

College of Science

  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Computer Science
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Genetics
  • Geochemistry
  • Geography
  • Geo-informatics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

College of Technology

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Technology
  • Materials Science & Technology
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Textile Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Pharmacy

Institute of Advanced Study in Education

  • Education

Osmania University Address:

Osmania University Main Road,
Telangana 500007
Phone: 040 2768 2444

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