Dream beyond Delhi University! Here are other universities in Delhi that offer quality education

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admissions_delhi_universityGetting a seat in the University of Delhi seems like a distant dream for many students as competition gets tougher every year. Image courtesy: LiveMint

This year, the University of Delhi (DU) has received more than 3.5 lakh applications for admission to just above 6,000 seats in various under-graduate (UG) courses at the 64 colleges that are part of DU. This means that there are approximately 58 students competing for a seat in DU! The Delhi University is the educational destination for every aspiring student in Delhi and neighboring states. Even students from distant parts of the nation apply to DU and hope to secure a seat at the prestigious university which can inarguably be called the most popular university in India. However, out of the countless students who apply for its courses every year, only a relative handful get to fulfill their dreams of studying in the university.

The first cut-off for admissions 2017-18 to the Delhi University were out last week and the cut-off figures are astronomically high as has been the trend over the last many years. There is no need to lose hope if you are among those who could not make it to Delhi University (DU) this year, because there are a lot of opportunities beyond DU to explore. Dreams obviously do not end with Delhi University! Just relax, as opportunities are many and you can choose a quality career in dozens of other renowned private universities and colleges scattered all across the city.

ambedkar_university_delhi_audAmbedkar University, Delhi (AUD) has faculty chosen from the best universities in India and abroad. Its young, vibrant atmosphere, makes AUD a good choice for UG as well as PG courses. image courtesy: AUD official website

You can look for alternatives which are plentiful in the national capital territory of Delhi. Many of these are world-renowned for their educational programs and some specialize in specific areas of study. With the hype over DU and its courses showing no signs of abating, it is a good idea to plan for alternatives for your education and make contingency plans if you are not able to get through to the DU college of your choosing. So here's a look at universities & institutes in Delhi apart from DU where you can consider applying for higher education:

Name of University

Year of Establishment

Most Popular Courses

Famous Alumni

Distinguishing Features

UG Application Deadline

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)


B Com.(Hons.)


Pol Science (Hons)


History (Hons.)

Digvijay Singh, Indian politician

Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary, CPI (M)

Intellectual hub

Sprawling campus

Excellent faculty

Most popular for its arts courses

21 March - 5 April, 2017

Jamia Millia Islamia



B Com.

BA (Social Work)


BA in Mass Media in Hindi

Shah Rukh Khan, actor

Virender Sehwag, cricketer

Barkha Dutt, journalist

Has the biggest library in Asia

Has one of the the best Mass Communication Schools in India

Massive Campus

Offers multiple options for study to students

1 May, 2017

B.R Ambedkar University (Ambedkar University, Delhi - AUD)


B Com. (Hons.)

Economics (Hons.)

Pol. Science (Hons.)

Psychology (Hons.)

History (Hons.)

The rising star of the academic scene in Delhi and India

Liaises with international universities

International varsity

Well-equipped campus

23 June, 2017

School of Open Learning (SOL)


B Com. (Hons.)

B.Com (Prog)

B.A (Prog)

B.A (Hons) English

B.A (Hons) Political Science

Affiliated to DU

Provides distance learning courses

Student-centric policies

Great alternative for those not making DU full-time cut-offs

31 July, 2017

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha (IP) University





B Law

B Architecture

Taapsee Pannu, actress

Durga Shakti Nagpal, IAS officer

Highly reputed faculty

Myriad courses offered

Vast campus and quality infrastructure

Has affiliate course with other universities

4 - 18 April, 2017

Jamia Hamdard


BA Physiotherapy



B Pharm

BA Uniani Medicine and Surgery

Well known for being a medical education hub

Offers innovative and highly prospective medical courses

Affiliates with top medical colleges in India

4 July, 2017

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)


MA (English/ Eco/ Hindi/ Pol Sc./ Sociology)
B.Sc (Nursing)

Offers 228 certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programmes in the open/ distance education mode

30 November, 2017 (for January 2018 cycle)

About Nishatha Abraham Bijeesh

Nishatha has been writing about education in India and abroad for the last 9 years. She has been in the digital marketing industry for 8+ years and specializes in content marketing. Nothing annoys her more than slow wi-fi, incorrect usage of the apostrophe and people mispronouncing her name. She prefers not to talk about herself in the third person, but reluctantly, had to do so here!

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