The latest data released by the University Grants Commission has stated that Hyderabad's Osmania University is the largest in the country with 901 colleges under it. Pune University with 811 affiliated colleges comes second, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University third with 800 colleges, and Rajasthan University fourth with 735 colleges. The fifth largest Indian public university is Mumbai University with 711 colleges.
The data is of significant importance as affiliated colleges make up the bulk of the country's higher education system enrolling 89.3% of undergraduate students and about 72.2% of postgraduate pupils.
The biggest gainer in terms of size has been Pune University which had 474 affiliated colleges with 5.5 lakh students’ years back. Initially created 65 years ago to encompass the 12 districts of western Maharashtra, its jurisdiction was redrawn when universities came up in Kolhapur and Sholapur.
Planning Commission member and former Pune University vice-chancellor Narendra Jadhav spoke the the press saying “The growth has come about in the last 10 years. This growth is not by accident; it is balanced. Of all the foreign students travelling to India for education, about 45% come to Pune. Mumbai and Pune universities are not comparable."
The University of Mumbai and Nagpur University have also grown from the 531 affiliated colleges and 375 colleges they each had five years back .
Credits:EduTech News Letter