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Osmania University (also known as OU in short) is a public university situated in the city of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is one of the oldest modern universities in India. It is one of the largest university systems in the subcontinent with over 300,000 students on its various campuses and affiliated colleges. It is particularly well known for its Engineering and Technology departments. Its faculty of management is considered as one of the best management institutions under the university system. Osmania Medical College was once part of the same university system. It is now transferred under the supervision of NTR Health University, AP, India.



Founded in 1918 by the Seventh Nizam of Hyderabad state, Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, Osmania University is the seventh oldest institution of higher learning in India, the third oldest in southern India and the first to be established in the erstwhile princely State of Hyderabad. For almost nine decades, it has sustained an integrated development of all faculties. It has contributed to the academic, social, and economic development of the region and the nation as a whole.

Its alumni have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally (See Notable Alumni section).

Present Chancellor of the University is Sri T Tirupati Rao


Education, research and admissions

Osmania university is a non-profit university, which funded and managed by the government. Admissions into bachelor of engineering, masters and doctoral programs of this university is purely on a merit basis, evaluated by national entrance examinations for each of the courses offered. The research activities are funded by various agencies like UGC (University Grants Commission) or by CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) which are autonomous agencies of government of India. Osmania University, founded by the Nizam in 1918, is the seventh oldest in India.



Osmania has a campus of nearly 1600 acres (6 km²). Osmania University is perhaps the largest higher education system in the country[citation needed]. The university attracts students from all across the nation as well as from various other countries. It is the home to nearly 300,000 students pursuing their higher studies in its campus, constituent affiliated colleges and district centres. Its faculty and staff number nearly 5,000.

Osmania offers courses in Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Engineering, Medicine, Technology, Commerce and Business Management, Information Technology and Oriental Languages.

In the year 2001, Osmania University had the distinction of being awarded the five-star status by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) of the University Grants Commission, part of the Government of India[citation needed].


Major Colleges

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Science

The schools of Botany, Zoology, Environmental Science,Geography, Geoinformatics, Geophysics, Geology, Geochemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics , Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Physics have been contributing to the scientific community through research.


College of Commerce and Business Management

The Department of Business Management, Osmania University has been offering an MBA program since 1964. This program has been consistently ranked as one of the best MBA programs in India[citation needed]. Only 60 students from over 100,000 applicants make it into this MBA program through a competitive exam. Besides M.B.A it offers Ph.D in management also.It has tie up with various institutions like college of defence management to offer MMS for senior military officers,Deccan school of hospital management and Apollo institute of Hospital administration to offer MHM.It offers MPM in association with Sarder Vallabhai Patel institute of police administration.


College of Engineering and Technology

The College of Engineering (OUCE), established in 1929, offers B.E (Bachelor of Engineering), M.E (Master of Engineering), and Ph.D. programs in various engineering fields. It is an autonomous college and arguably the best engineering college in Andhra Pradesh.The College due to its tremendous academic pursuit and excellence of its alumni has been given the status of IIT which places it amongst the very elite of the engineering colleges in the country as per the S.K Joshi committee which chose seven engineering colleges from around the country for conversion to IIT which places it well above the NIT's and REC's in terms of Technical Education.[citation needed]. The College of technology is one of the best colleges of Chemical Engineering in southern India[citation needed]. This college evolved from applied chemistry department. It offers Chemical Engineering, Textile Engineering and Food Technology courses.


Osmania University notable Alumni

P.V. Narasimha Rao, Scholar , Statesman and former Prime Minister of India.

Yaga Venugopal Reddy, Ph.D., Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

Shivraj Patil, Ex-Speaker of the Indian Parliament and Home Minister

Prof.Mohammed Abdur Rahman Khan, Educator, Scientist, Principal of Osmania University College and Nizam College.

Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi, Politician and Current Member of Parliament of India.

Shantanu Narayen, BE, President of Adobe Systems

Raj Vemulapalli, MS Computer Science, B.E Computer Science, Senior Director of Engineering, Yahoo! Inc.

M N Rao,BE,Chief Executive Officer, Serwizsol (subsidiary of Tata & Sons)

Sanjiv Sidhu, B. Tech., Chairman & CEO, i2 Technologies

DR. Javeed Alam, M.A, Ph.D, Chairperson, ICSSR

Satish Reddy, B. Tech., Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

Aslam Farshori,M.A.,Radio and TV Personality

Nagesh Kukunoor, B.Tech., Film Actor and Director

Jaipal Reddy, MA, Member of Parliament

Harsha Bhogle, B. Tech., Well known Cricket commentator

Mohan Bhupathy, Doordarshan Sports Commentator

Karunakar Sreerama, BE (OU), ME (IIT Roorkee), CPGS (Univ of Cambridge), Ph.D. (Univ of Missouri-Rolla), MBA (The Univ of Texas at Austin)

Madhu Yaskhi, LLM, Member of Parliament, New York Attorney

Muhammad Khutub Uddin, M.D., Ph.D, Physician and professor of Religious Studies and Theology

Haroon Siddiqui, Indo-Canadian journalist

Ramulu Komireddi, journalist, lawyer and politician; he was the students' General Secretary of the University during his student years

Kancha Ilaiah, PhD - Self-styled Dalit scholar

Muhammad Hamidullah - A great scholar on Islamic sciences.

Pradeep Reddy - A renowned cardiologist in the Boston area.

Rajat Reddy - Member of Parliament.

Mohammed Azharuddin - Former Indian Cricket team Captain

Karan Bilimoria, Baron Bilimoria - founder of Cobra Beer, Member of the House of Lords, Chancellor of Thames Valley University

Muhammad Raziuddin Siddiqui, mathematician, physicist, and Nobel Prize Nominee.

Prof. K. Venkata Ramiah , Founder Vice Chancellor , Kakatiya University, Member,UPSC

Prof. D.N.REDDY , Vice Chancellor, JNTU Hyderabad

Afzal Mohammad former Vice Chancellor, BRAOU, Hyderabad

S.A. Ibrahim, CEO of Radian Group Inc

Ali Mohammed Khusro, Economist, Director, Reserve Bank of India, and former Indian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Makhdoom Mohiuddin, Urdu poet and Communist activist

T. Bhaskar Rao, Journalist, Educationist, Principal, RK Degree College.

Santosh Kumar, Famous Pakistani film actor.

Dr M. Anwar Iqbal, Associate Professor of Pathology and Lab Medicine: University of Rochester

Iffat Mohani, famous Urdu Novelist and Short Story Writer

Krishna Baddam, President of DocuTell

Mirza Ahmed Baig Ghazi, Chief Engineer Sindh Pakistan

Mitta Yadav Reddy, Principal, Arts College

Sridhar Bogelli, Founder and President of Apps Associates

Kiran Teegala, Founder and CEO of Livebiznet.com


List of Colleges Affiliated with Osmania University

Engineering & Technology

Osmania University College of Engineering. (estd. 1929)

Muffakham Jah College of Engineering & Technology (Estd. 1980)

Osmania University College of Technology (estd. 1941)

Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology (estd. 1979)

Vasavi College of Engineering (estd. 1981)

M.V.S.R College of Engineering (estd. 1981)

Deccan College of Engineering (estd.1984)

Deccan School of Hospital Management (estd. 1998)

Avanthi engineering coll Guntapally

methodist college of engineering technology , abids, hyderabad (www.methodist.edu.in)

Other colleges

Nizam College

University College for Women

PG College - Saifabad

PG College - Secunderabad

District PG Colleges

A V College, Gaganmahal

LOYOLA ACADEMY P.G and DEGREE COLLEGE (An Autonomous Institution),Alwal

Avanthi Degree Coll Barkatpura

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Vivekananda Degree College, Sainikpuri

methodist college of engineering technology abids, hyderabad


External Links

Osmania University Official website

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