Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) is a Central University, established by an Act of Parliament in 1998 with all India jurisdiction. The headquarters and main campus of MANUU is in Gachibowli, Hyderabad. It is spread over 200 acres. MANUU is recognized as a major higher education service provider across the remote areas of the country in Urdu Medium through its regular and distance mode programs. MANUU commenced with distance education programs in 1998 and consolidated its academic and research programs in 2004.

The University is named after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, a scholar par excellence, a prolific writer, an inimitable orator, a gallant freedom fighter, a visionary of the post independent Indian education system and an architect of technical and scientific education in Independent India.

Presently, MANUU is in the process of consolidating the existing institutions, while expanding it to reach the unreached through various intervention measures. Further, to meet the rising aspirations of its youth in general and Urdu speaking community in specific, the University is making considerable progress in all fronts of academics, research and governance with specific vision, mission and objectives.


To provide access to quality education through Urdu as medium of instruction, while adhering to the inclusive policy


To empower socially, economically, educationally and culturally marginalized sections of the society so that they are brought into the mainstream, and thereby contribute to the socio-economic development of the nation through formal and non-formal modes of educational delivery.


The Mandate of the University is:

  • to promote and develop the Urdu language;

  • to impart education and training in vocational and technical subjects through the medium of Urdu;
  • to provide wider access to people desirous of pursuing programs of higher education and training in Urdu medium through teaching on the campus as well as through distance mode and
  • to focus on Women’s Education.

The objectives of the University as per Section 4 of MANUU Act, 1996(No.2 of 1997) are:

  • to promote and develop the Urdu language;
  • to impart education and training in vocational and technical subjects through the medium of Urdu;
  • to provide wider access to people desirous of pursuing programs of higher education and training in Urdu medium through teaching on the campus as well as through distance mode and
  • to provide focus on Women Education.

In order to achieve the objectives the University endevours to:

  • To provide good learning experience to the students through Urdu language with due emphasis on interactive and innovative teaching-learning as well as engagement in social outreach
  • To adhere to global best practices and bench marks in respect of academic and research outcomes and also outreach initiatives
  • To increase the student capacity to meet the growing demands of competent manpower in national and international markets
  • To augment the internal revenue/receipts through continuing education, sponsored research and consultancy
  • To improve the quality of life of impoverished millions by producing competent manpower who can contribute for the growth of National economy
  • To utilize the resources effectively and optimally and also to transform the University into a Smart, Digital and Clean campus with specific action driven initiatives
Medium of Instruction and Examinations 
As per the Ordinance under MANUU Act:
  • The Medium of Instruction shall be Urdu
  • The question papers for all examinations shall be set and answered in Urdu language subject to the condition that question papers for all examinations in languages shall be set and answered in the respective languages.The University is in the process of fulfilling the Performance Radars stipulated by the UGC for norm based funding which reflects the quantifiable indicators on the all-round development and growth of the University in terms of Academic, Research and Governance functions.

The Departments are currently offering 84 programs and courses, (25 PhD; 21 PG; 10 UG, 05 PG Diploma and 05 Diploma programs and 2 Certificate courses. The University also offers technical Diploma programs through Polytechnics (08 Diplomas) and vocational programs through Industrial Training Institutes (08 Certificate Trades). Further University is evolving to deliver Innovative and Relevant Quality Education with flexible academic framework through Choice Based Credit System and upgrade the curriculum based-on market needs periodically.


Effective Governance System is in place for transparency and accountability with established structures. Further the University is switching over to e-Governance func tioning for streamlining of internal processes.

University is also part of Mission Mode Directives of MHRD such as Swacch Bharat Abhiyan; Swacch Bharat - Swasth Bharat; Swatchhata Pakhwada; Unnat Bharat Abhiyan; Ek Bharat - Shreshtha Bharat; Beti Bachao - Beti Padao; Vittiya Shaksharat Abhiyan and PM Kaushal Vikas Yojana; in addition to Digital India project NKN - NME-ICT, which includes Campus Connect, UGC-INFLIBNET, NDL Cluster, SWAYAM, SWAYAM PRABHA, NAD, Bharatvani etc..

New Initiatives
  • Introduced Bridge Courses for enabling Madarsa students, enter into mainstream of education.
  • Implemented the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and incorporated the MOOCs as Non- CGPA Credit Course to enhance the value addition to the academic programs offered by the MANUU.
  • Formalized 14 MoU’s of strategic partnership with National & International Agencies towards expanding academic, research and training activities through collaborations.
  • Recognizing and balancing expectations of different stakeholders on priority basis.
  • Focusing on holistic development of students through various progressive measures.
  • Encouraging the faculty through funding for minor research and innovation projects.
  • Instituted ‘Quli Qutb Shah’ Memorial Lecture to commemorate his contributions in Urdu.
  • Incorporated various intervention measures in admissions through reservations in intake and relaxations in merit to various unrepresented and under-represented categories to enhance the GER.  
  • Initiated monitoring mechanism for the implementation of quality achieving strategies in the University, by appointing coordinators for IQAC from all the department of studies, directorates, centres, colleges of teacher education, off- campuses, polytechnics, ITIs, model schools, and administrative, academic & developmental sections of the University.
  • Developed an online student feedback, which is made available on the iUMS of every registered student of MANUU before the semester examination. This feedback system has been developed by IQAC and implemented with the help of Centre for Information Technology, MANUU from December 2018 semester examination, to improve the quality of teaching, learning and evaluation in MANUU.
  • Established Offices of Dean, Research & Consultancy, and Dean International Students to promote research and attract foreign students to the university on the initiation of the IQAC, MANUU.

Academically MANUU stands among the best Universities in the country offering educational programs in General, Professional, Technical and Vocational streams. It has received ‘A Grade’ accreditation by NAAC- in 2009 and re-accredited with ‘A Grade’ in 2016. The academic thrust of MANUU lies in its unique service of providing education from elementary to doctoral levels in the Urdu language. MANUU has carved a niche as one of the preferred destinations of higher education for academically marginalized section of the society. National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2017 placed the University in between 100 and 150 on overall performance among 800 Degree awarding Higher Education Institutions of India. Further, the DST published report places MANUU at 24th in publications and 30th in citations among public funded universities.

There are 18 satellite and off-campuses of MANUU in 11 States across India. About 6,000 students are pursuing various programs in regular mode. The Directorate of Distance Education offers various academic programs in distance mode thorough a network of 9 Regional and 5 Sub-Regional Centers and 158 Learners Support Centers catering to more than one lakh students at their door step. The University has campuses across the country viz. Three Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) at Hyderabad (Telangana), Bengaluru (Karnataka), and Darbhanga (Bihar) ; Five Polytechnics at Hyderabad (Telangana), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Darbhanga (Bihar), Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh) and Cuttack (Odisha).

These institutions will fulfill the objectives of the University of imparting vocational and technical subjects in Urdu medium. The University has Eight Colleges of Teacher Education at Srinagar (Jammu &Kashmir), Darbhanga (Bihar), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Nuh (Haryana), Asansol (West Bengal), Sambhal (Uttar Pradesh), Aurangabad (Maharashtra), and Bidar (Karnataka) to train prospective teachers. The University also has satellite campus at Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) offering UG, PG and Research programs. To address mission of empowering Women, the University established an exclusive - College of Arts and Science for Women at Budgam (J & K) offering post-graduate and research programs.True to its mission of spreading the wings of Urdu and instilling a passion for Urdu among the new generation learners, the University has also established three Model Schools at Hyderabad, Darbhanga and Nuh to provide quality school education in Urdu medium.

The University has several academic support centers such as Human Resource Development Center (HRDC), Instructional Media Centre (IMC), Center for Information Technology (CIT), Directorate of Translation and Publications (DTP), Directorate of Admissions and Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) which provide value addition to the University.

The endeavour of MANUU in providing instruction, carrying out research and making contribution through the medium of Urdu has made it a trailblazer and trendsetting university in beaconing vast opportunities to all Indian languages institutions for tapping their potential to offer education in science & technology.

The MANUU clearly envisaged the need to enhance, enlarge and expand its activities that are relevant to the emerging economic environment of the country and also to fulfill the shortfall of workforce needs due to intensifying activities as per plan mandate of the UGC and also in tune with the directions of MHRD with reference to quality education, research promotion, internal resource generation, infrastructure development, student centric measures, e-governance initiatives, outreach activities etc. Further, it adheres to National Agenda of Access, Equity and Quality and also to ensure that all the graduating students need to acquire an adequate knowledge of the English and Information Technology. This enables the Urdu medium students to compete with the rest of the students in the country for both the vertical and horizontal mobility.


Access: Continued to sustain the progressive improvement in GER to prepare Professionally Competitive and Socially Sensitive Manpower;

Equity: Inclusive Policies are in vogue while extending the enabling environment for all those deserve and desire higher education opportunities of empowerment to cope with life and values.

Quality: Considerable expansion in Infrastructure, Facilities and Quality Faculty in addition to engagement of Adjunct/Visiting/Guest Faculty etc., to minimize the Student-Teacher ratio.

Best Practices: Student Empowerment through various Support Systems and Progression Measures;

Support Systems: Hostel facility, Fee Concession through ‘Earn while you Learn’, Scholarships, Reservation & Relaxation in age and merit for Women and Persons with Disabilities etc.

Progression Measures

Coaching Facility through Equal Opportunity Cell  (EOC) with State-of-art Infrastructure, Personality Development through Placement & Training Cell, Skill Development through Language and Computer Labs, Training Workshops, Confidence Building through Counselling & Mentoring System, Talent Nurturing through Sports, Games, Cultural Activities, NSS etc.