Gauhati University


Gauhati University, also known as GU, is a collegiate public state university located in Guwahati, Assam, India. It was established in 26 January 1948 under the provisions of an Act enacted by the Assam Legislative Assembly. It is the oldest university in Northeast India.

Gauhati University
Gauhati University logo.jpg
Vidyayo Sadhayeta
Motto in English
Achievement through Learning/Knowledge
Established26 January 1948; 74 years ago (1948-01-26)
Academic affiliations
ChancellorGovernor of Assam
Vice-ChancellorPratap Jyoti Handique
Academic staff
341 (2018)[1]
Administrative staff
1167 (2018)[1]
Students5411 (2018)[1]
Undergraduates1290 (2018)[2]
Postgraduates3721 (2018)[2]
398 (2018)[2]
Location, ,
26°09′13″N 91°39′48″E / 26.1537°N 91.6634°E / 26.1537; 91.6634
CampusUrban, total 508 acres (2.06 km2)[1]

It is accredited grade "A" by National Assessment and Accreditation Council.[3] Starting with 18 affiliated colleges and 8 Post Graduate Departments in 1948, Gauhati University, today, has 39 Post Graduate Departments, besides IDOL (Institute of Distance and Open Learning), a constituent Law and Engineering College. It has 341 affiliated colleges offering undergraduate and post graduate courses in the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Medicine, Engineering and Technology. Gauhati University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.[4]


Vice-Chancellor K.K Handique at the 1st Convocation of Gauhati University with S Radhakrishnan, the 1st Vice -President of India in 1949

The first public demand was made at the annual session of the Assam Association held at Sivasagar in 1917. In 1940, the Government appointed S. K. Bhuyan as Special Officer with the task of collecting relevant information on the selection of site and related matters.[5] The university was established by an act of the State Legislature: the Gauhati University Act 1947 (Assam Act, XVI of 1947) of the government of Assam in 1948. The first court meeting of the university was held on 26 January 1948, which is considered the foundation day, at the old Sudmerson Hall of Cotton College, Guwahati.[6]

Gauhati University started functioning as an affiliating, teaching and residential university in a few temporary buildings in Guwahati, with K.K Handique as the first vice-chancellor, Phanidhar Dutta, Sailandhar Rajkhowa and Sarat Kumar Dutta were selected as the registrar, treasurer and secretary of university classes, respectively. The emblem of the university, selected from among many submitted, was designed by T. Mukherjee, a textile designer of Ahmedabad. Two Sanskrit words inscribed on it – Vidyaya Sadhayeta (meaning achievement through learning) – indicate the motto of the university.[4] It had 17 affiliated colleges and eight Post Graduate Departments on its establishment.[5] The university which started functioning from the city center was shifted to the present campus in 1955–56.


BKB Auditorium
Gauhati University Institute of Science and Technology (GUIST)
Entrance to Dr. H.K Baruah Regional Botanical Resource Centre

The university is in Jalukbari in the Guwahati city area. The campus has a hillock on the southern side and the Brahmaputra river flows on the northern side. The campus area has been developed into a small township, now known as 'Gopinath Bardoloi Nagar'. It has about 6000 population including 3700 students residing in the hostels.

Apart from the residential quarters of teachers, officers and employees, there are 22 halls of residence for students. The necessary civic amenities such as health service, water supply, street lighting, internal roads, guest house, post and telegraph office, a branch of the State Bank of India, United Bank Of India, canteens, a market, parks, playgrounds, auditorium, indoor stadium, etc. are on campus.

The university is 10 km from the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport on National Highway No. 37; 5 km from Kamakhya Railway Station; and 10 km from Guwahati Railway Station as well as from the bus stop near the Cachari (D.C. court) at the heart of Guwahati City. The capital complex of Assam at Dispur is 22  km from the university. The university is easily accessible from the Guwahati city; Guwahati has road, rail and air links from all parts of the country. A large number of bus services from parts of Assam have their station at Adabari bus stand which is 2  km from the campus.

To automate their internal processes, Gauhati University has chosen Kalingasoft's flagship Education ERP solution, Greycells. This implementation has resulted in the complete automation of the university's academic, administrative and financial processes.

Library and regional centerEdit

Krishna Kanta Handique Library

The North Eastern Regional Centre (NERC) of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) is in the Gauhati University Central Library Extension Building. Along with Bangalore ICHR Regional Centre, this is the only regional centre in GU so far.

The university's Krishna Kanta Handique Library is a designated 'Manuscript Conservation Centre' (MCC) under the National Mission for Manuscripts established in 2003.[7]

The library is the largest in Assam, holding about 850,000 books, magazines, and journals in its collection. It also hosts about 5,000 valuable priceless manuscripts, some more than 300 years old.[8]

Organisation and administrationEdit


Administrative Building

The G.U. Court, the Executive Council and the Academic Council are the authorities of the university.[9]

In 2019, Professor Pratap Jyoti Handique was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the university.[10]


New Academic Building
Arts Building

Academic facultiesEdit

The institution is divided into following academic units:[11]

Post Graduate Students' UnionEdit

The Post Graduate Students' Union is the apex student representative body of Gauhati University. The first body of PGSU was formed in the year 1949. The first General Secretary was Biren Goswami. Gauhati University being the epicenter of student politics, the PGSU gets high recognition in the state. There are many General Secretaries as well as other office bearers of PGSU who have been involved in the active politics. The present General Secretary of PGSU is Parshwa Patgiri.[13]


When Gauhati University was established, it had 17 affiliated colleges. Today it has 326 colleges in Assam which are affiliated to Gauhati University. This included Cotton College till it became a university. The affiliation of Cotton College was transferred from Calcutta University to Gauhati University after the later was established in 1948.[14]



University rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2021)[15]67
NIRF (Universities) (2021)[16]45

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Gauhati University 67th overall in India[17] and 45th among universities[18] in 2021.

The National Institutional Ranking Framework ranked the Gauhati University as follows:

Year Universities Overall
2021 45th[18] 67th[17]
2020 47th 72nd[19]
2019 42nd 65th[20]
2018 39th 61st[21]
2017 27th 43rd[22]
2016 22nd[23] --

Affiliated collegesEdit

It's jurisdiction extends over 16 districts–

Notable peopleEdit

Notable alumniEdit

Notable facultyEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d NAAC peer team report
  2. ^ a b c Annual Quality Assurance Reports (AQARs)
  3. ^ National Accessment and Accreditation Council
  4. ^ a b History of Gauhati University
  5. ^ a b "H i s t o r y". Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  6. ^ "A d m i n i s t r a t i o n". Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  7. ^ Manuscript Conservation Centres Archived 6 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine National Mission for Manuscripts.
  8. ^ "Varsity effort to preserve old manuscripts". The Times Of India. 6 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 January 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ PTI (20 August 2019). "Pratap Jyoti Handique appointed new VC of Gauhati University". India Today. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Gauhati University".
  12. ^ a b c Gauhati University to offer PG courses in 4 regional languages- Nyooz
  13. ^ "Gauhati University Declares PG Students' Union Election Results". The Sentinel. 27 February 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  14. ^ "Assam's Cotton College becomes Cotton University". Business Standard India. Press Trust of India. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  15. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2021 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 9 September 2021.
  16. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2021 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 9 September 2021.
  17. ^ a b "MHRD, National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF)". Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  18. ^ a b "MHRD, National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF)". Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  19. ^ "MHRD, National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF)". Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  20. ^ "MHRD, National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF)". Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  21. ^ "MHRD, National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF)". Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  22. ^ National Institutional Ranking Framework
  23. ^ National Institutional Ranking Framework

External linksEdit

  • Official website

Coordinates: 26°09′13″N 91°39′48″E / 26.1537°N 91.6634°E / 26.1537; 91.6634