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Beyond DU: The Best Alternatives for Higher Education in Delhi

Updated on: Jun 25, 2015 , Author:

Delhi University (DU) 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 arguably 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 (54,000 for the current academic year) get to fulfill their dreams at the university.

The rest have to look for alternatives of which there 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 contingencies if you are not able to get through to the DU college of your choosing.


Ambedkar 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

Here's a list of reputable universities in Delhi which offer great programs for those looking for quality education. Click on each university name to learn more about it:

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

20 March, 2015 (Online)

25 March, 2015 (Offline)

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, 2015

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, 2015

School of Open Learning (SOL)


B Com. (Hons.)

Economics (Hons.)

Pol. Science (Hons.)

Psychology (Hons.)

History (Hons.)

Affiliated to DU

Provides distance learning Courses

Student-centric policies

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

To Be Announced

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha 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

7 April 2015

For B. Arch - 2 July, 2015

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

15 June, 2015

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