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Given below is the list of Top Central Universities in India 2021 approved by UGC. First for the benefit of those who do not know- A central university also known as a union university formed by an act of Parliament. As such, there is a special act in the form of Central Universities Act 2009 that regulates and governs these universities. These universities are under the purview of the Department of Higher Education of the Human Resources and Development Ministry of the Government of India. Central universities are permitted to award their own degree however they are restricted from granting affiliation to colleges. As per UGC's latest publicized list, there are 46 deemed central universities in India offering MBA, Btech, Mtech and Ph.D programs.


1. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
2. Assam University, Silchar
3. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow
4. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
5. Central Agricultural University, Imphal
6. Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar
7. Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh
8. Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Kangra
9. Central University of Jammu, Samba Jammu
10. Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi 
11. Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga
12. Central University of Kashmir, Srinagar
13. Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod 
14. Central University of Orissa, Koraput
15. Central University of Punjab, Bathinda
16. Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer
17. Central University of South Bihar, Chhajjubagh, Patna
18. Central university of Tamil Nadu, Tiruvarur
19. Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar
20. English & Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
21. Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur
22. Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Garhwal
23.  Indian Maritime University, Chennai
24. Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
25. Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
26. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
27. Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha 
28. Mahatma Gandhi Central University, North of Ganga, Bihar
29. Manipur University, Imphal
30. Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad
31. Mizoram University, Aizwal
32. Nagaland University, Zunheboto 
33. Nalanda University, Nalanda
34. North Eastern Hill University, Shillong
35. Pondicherry University, Puducherry
36. Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University, Raebareli
37. Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar
38. Sikkim University, Gangtok
39. South Asian University, New Delhi
40. Tezpur University, Tezpur 
41. The Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Anuppur
42. Tripura University, Tripura 
43. University of Allahabad, Allahabad
44. University of Delhi, Delhi
45. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
46. Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan

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JNU Jawaharlal Nehru University

JNU Jawaharlal Nehru University is one of the few universities in India does not require a formal introduction.

Tezpur University

Tezpur University is a UGC recognized central university formed by an act of the state legislature in 1994.

University of Delhi

University of Delhi epitomises high standards of teaching and research.

BHU Banaras Hindu University

Banaras Hindu University is a well known name among universities in India.

Indira Gandhi National Open University IGNOU

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education.

Jamia Millia Islamia University

Jamia Millia Islamia or National Islamic University is a known name among universities in India.

Allahabad University

The University of Allahabad is a central public university.

Assam University

Assam University is teaching cum affiliating university with 35 departments under its 16 schools of learning.

Central University of Tamilnadu

Central University of Tamilnadu is a central multi-disciplinary educational established formed by an act of the India government.

Central University of Rajasthan

Central University of Rajasthan is a new central university funded by the Government of India.

Central University of Bihar

Central University of Bihar is one among the newest clan of central universities established in India.

Central University of Karnataka

Central University of Karnataka is one among the 16 new central universities established by the Government of India during the UGC's XI plan period.

Central University of Kashmir

Central University of Kashmir formerly known as Central University of Jammu and Kashmir is funded and regulated by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Central University of Kerala

Believing strongly that "Knowledge is eternal" the Central University of Kerala was formed in 2009 under the Central Universities Act in the northern most district of Kasargod.

Central University of Punjab

The Central University of Punjab (CUPB) is a central university recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Central University of Orissa

The Central University of Orissa was formed with the aim of offering higher educational opportunities to the lesser developed district of Koraput.

Central University of Gujarat

Central University of Gujarat came into being as per the Central Universities Act passed by the Government of India in 2009.

Central University of Haryana

Central University of Haryana is one among the 15 central universities established by the central government under the eleventh five-year plan (2007-12).

Central University of Himachal Pradesh

Central University of Himachal Pradesh is UGC funded and regulated central university in India.

Central University of Jharkhand

Central University of Jharkhand was formed with the intention of incorporating an institution for teaching and research in the state.