Founded in 1922 by an Act of the Central Legislative Assembly, the University of Delhi informally known as Delhi University (DU), is a collegiate public central university, located in New Delhi, India. As a collegiate university, its main functions are divided between the academic departments of the university and affiliated colleges.
At present, there are 16 faculties, 86 academic departments, 77 colleges and 5 other recognised institutes spread across the city, with 132,435 regular students (114,494 undergraduates and 17,941 postgraduates). There are also 261,169 students in non-formal education programmes (258,831 undergraduates and 2,338 postgraduates). DU’s chemistry, geology, zoology, sociology and history departments have been awarded the status of Centres of Advanced Studies. These Centres of Advanced Studies have carved a niche for themselves as centres of excellence in teaching and research in their respective areas.