10 Largest Universities in India [in 2020]

Here are the top ten largest universities in India listed down by the area they are spread across. The list includes some of the well-reputed universities known for their top-in-class courses and alumni.

India is home to some of the largest universities that occupy an area equal to the size of a small town. While government entities own some of these universities, others are privately owned institutes. 

According to a publication (1), there are a total of 962 universities in India, including 44 Central Universities, 364 State Public Universities, and over 289 State Private University. 

In this article, we’ll be talking about the ten largest universities in India that are providing an open space in its large campus for its students. 


Top 10 Largest Universities in India

1. G.B. Pant University, Uttarakhand

The G.B. Pant University (1) is spread across a 10016.29 acres area and is the 1st agricultural university of India, which was inaugurated by respected Jawahar Lal Nehru on November 17th, 1960. Also known as the Pantnagar University, it is regarded as the harbinger of the Green Revolution in India. 


2. Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Haryana

The public-funded Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (2) is located in Hisar, Haryana, and is considered as one of the biggest agricultural universities in Asia. Spread on a total of 8645 acres of land; the university was named after the 5th Indian Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.


3. Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh

Banaras Hindu University (3) is a public central university spread over a total of 4,000 acres of land. The university has faculties including commerce, arts, science, performing arts, law, agriculture, management studies, agricultural science, environment & sustainable studies, and more.


4. University of Hyderabad, Telangana

The University of Hyderabad (4) was founded in 1974 and offers a 2,300 acres campus for its students and faculty of over 5,400. Being one of the largest universities in Hyderabad, the university is also home to some budding college entrepreneurs who are a part of the startup news in the area.


5. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

IIT is the top-rated institute known for its strong alumni background like Flipkart (5) co-founders, Sachin and Binny Bansal, Internshala founder, Chetan Bhagat, etc. The IIT Kharagpur is one of the largest campuses that spreads across an area of 2,000 acres and has its buildings designed by Swiss architects.


6. Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab

The Punjab Agricultural University (6), located in Ludhiana, Punjab, is a state agricultural university in India that was established in 1962. The university has played a crucial role in increasing the food grain production in the state of Punjab, alongside making notable contributions in increasing livestock & poultry production.


7. North-Eastern Hill University

The North-Eastern Hill University (7) is a Central University that was established in 1973 and is located in the suburban area of Shillong, Meghalaya. The university campus is spread across 1,225 acres of area and has multiple schools and departments, including Economics, Management, Education, Human & Environmental Sciences, etc.


8. Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh

Aligarh Muslim University (8) is a public central university located in Aligarh. It was established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in 1875 and has three off-campus centers in Kerala, West Bengal, and Bihar. The university, spread across an area of 1,115 acres, offers over 300 courses to its students.


9. Bangalore University, Bangalore

Bangalore University (9) is a public state university that has been accredited as a grade-A university by NAAC and is spread across an area of 1,100 acres. Bangalore, being the IT hub of India, is often preferred by young enthusiasts for a future job or naukri opportunities.


10. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

JNU (10) is a public central university which is located in New Delhi. The reputed institution holds some of the biggest alumni names and is spread across a wide area of 1,020 acres. The university was established in 1969 by an act of parliament.



These were some of the top largest universities in India, according to the area. Universities offer multiple courses to their students ranging from art and literature to science and technology. Some of the universities mentioned above, like JNU, IIT, BHU, etc. are regarded as some reputed institutions with a bunch of notable alumni hailing from the universities. 

Saumya Uniyal
Saumya Uniyal
A passionate writer with bachelor’s in the field of English & Journalism. Other than being a bibliophile, some of her hobbies are travelling, photography and poetry.

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