Assam University came into existence in 1994 after the enactment of the Assam (Central) University Act 1989. Assam University’s main campus is situated at Dargakona, about 20 km away from Silchar. The other campus of the university is situated at Diphu in the district of Karbi Anglong, Assam. The university has territorial jurisdiction over the five districts of Assam viz., Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Dima Hasao (erstwhile North Cachar Hills) and Karbi Anglong.
The University has sixteen schools that offer Humanities, Languages, Environmental Sciences, Information Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Technology, and Management Studies. There are 42 departments under these sixteen schools. The five districts under the jurisdiction of Assam University have 56 undergraduate colleges. Assam University is an institutional signatory to the Global Universities Network for Innovation (GUNI), Barcelona and United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) for its commitment to educational social responsibilities.