The University of Delhi is ranked No.1 in the Nielsen Ranking while it is ranked 81 in the QS Asian University rankings for the year 2013-14. It is a premier University of the country, having eminent scholars as its faculty and known for its high standards for research. Ever since its inception in 1922, a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research has made the University of Delhi a role model and path-setter for other Universities in the country.
At present, there are 16 faculties and 86 academic departments covering diverse areas such as sciences, social sciences, humanities, law, management, medicine and engineering. In each department, experts and researchers are active in vast areas of research. Eminent scholars of science, arts, social sciences, law, politics, management and diplomacy from all over the worldare the alumni of the university.
More than 400 doctorate degrees are awarded at the annual convocation of the university each year. More than 5000 articles have been published in journals of high repute in the last five years. The publishing profile has seen a sharp rise from about 650 in 2008 to more than 1000 in 2013.
Several of our science departments have been awarded the status of the Centres of Advanced Studies by University Grants Commission (UGC). These centres have carved a niche for themselves as centres of excellence in teaching and research in their respective areas. The Arts and Social Sciences faculties have highly renowned and eminent scholars who have won international and national recognition and awards for their outstanding research work. These departments host the recipients of various fellowships like Fulbright, Commonwealth, Humboldt, DAAD, Rockefellerand have fellows of organizations such as INSA, NASI, etc.
Several science departments are receiving grants under the ‘Special Assistance Programme’ of the UGC and other grants such as DRS from UGC and FIST from DST in recognition of their outstanding academic work. The University received more than 300 crores from extramural sources in the last 5 years from funding agencies like DST, DBT, CSIR, DRDO etc. More than 70 crores has been received through DST PURSE grant.
The faculty at the University is actively engaged in international exchange programs with universities such as Harvard University, Brown University, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Yale University, Cornell University, University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, Rutgers University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Duke University, Northwestern University, State University of New York, Emory University,University of North Carolina, University of Tennessee, Ohio State University and University of Minnesota, to name a few.
Several initiatives are being taken by the university to further strengthen its research. An important step in this direction was to subscribe to digital libraries and databases and, providing connectivity to them via the University wide fibre-optic network connecting all colleges and departments in its north and south campuses. Other steps in this direction are the “catch them young” scheme promoting innovation at undergraduate level by way of Cluster Innovation Centre, Innovation Projects at undergraduate level and adding a serious component of research in undergraduate curricula, Memorandum of Understanding are being signed with more universities/organizations at national as well as international level.
Besides the campus wide network, the university provides to its faculty and scholars Central Instrumentation Facilities at north campus and south campuses that house substantial high-end research instruments. Besides, each department provides elaborate infrastructure to its research scholars.