Established in 1875, Aligarh Muslim University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the suburban setting of the medium-sized city of Aligarh (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), Uttar Pradesh. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is a very large (enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Islamic religion. Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 142 years old H.E. institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. AMU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is a public central university. It was originally established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875. The Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College became Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. The main campus of AMU is located in the city of Aligarh. Spread over 467.6 hectares, AMU offers more than 300 courses in both traditional and modern branches of education. In addition to this it has its three off-campus centres at Malappuram (Kerala), Murshidabad (West Bengal) and Kishanganj (Bihar). The university comprises all castes, creeds, religions and genders, and is an Institute of National Importance provided under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution at its commencement.


It was established as Madrasatul Uloom Musalmanan-e-Hind in 1875. The college started on 24 May 1875. The Anglo–Indian statesman Syed Ahmad Khan founded the predecessor of AMU, the Muhammadan Anglo Oriental College, in 1875 having already established two schools. The movement of Muslim awakening associated with Syed Ahmad Khan and M.A.O. College came to be known as Aligarh Movement. He considered competence in English and “Western sciences” necessary skills for maintaining Muslims’ political influence, especially in Northern India. Khan’s image for the college was based on his visit to Oxford and Cambridge and he wanted to establish an education system similar to the British model.

A committee was formed by the name of foundation of Muslim College and asked people to fund generously. The, then, Viceroy and Governor General of India Sir Lord North Brook gave a donation of Rs 10000 and the Lt. Governor of the North Western Provinces contributed Rs 1000 and by March 1874 the fund for the college stood at Rs 153492 and 8 anas.

In the beginning, the college was affiliated with the University of Calcutta for the matriculate examination but became an affiliate of Allahabad University in 1885. In 1877, the school was raised to college level and Lord Lytton laid the foundation stone of the college building.

Transformation into university

Around 1900 efforts began to make the college its own university. The Aligarh Muslim University Act of 1920 made it a central university.

HH Sir Mohammad Ali Mohammad Khan and the Aga Khan III also played a major role in realising the idea of Syed Ahmed Khan by collecting funds for building the Aligarh Muslim University

In 1927, a school for the blind was established and, the following year, a medical school was attached to the university. By the end of the 1930s, the university had developed an Engineering faculty. Syed Zafarul Hasan, joined the Aligarh Muslim University in early 1900s as head of Philosophy Department, dean Faculty of Arts. He was a pro-vice chancellor before his retirement.

Before 1939, faculty members and students supported an all-India nationalist movement. After 1939, political sentiment shifted toward support for a Muslim separatist movement. Students and faculty mobilised behind Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the university became a center of Pakistan Movement.

Women’s education

Women’s education started at the university with the establishment of the Girls School on 19 October 1906. The All India Muhammadan Educational Conference had started a movement to establish girls education from 1896 onward. The school became intermediate college in 1929 and on 1930 it was made a constituent college of the university and the name was changed to Women’s College. Since then it caters to the female undergraduate students of the university.

In late 2014 the university’s vice-chancellor Zameer Uddin Shah turned down a demand by female students of the college to be allowed to use the Maulana Azad Library, which was male-only. Shah stated that the issue was not one of discipline, but of space as if girls were allowed in the library there would be “four times more boys,” putting a strain on the library’s capacity. Although there was a separate library for the university’s Women’s College, it was not as well-stocked as the Maulana Azad Library. National humaesource and development minister Smriti Irani decried Shah’s defense as “an insult to daughters.”

Responding to a petition filed by a Human Rights Law Network intern, the Allahabad High Court ruled in November 2014 that the university’s ban on female students from using the main library was unconstitutional, and that accommodations must be made to facilitate student use regardless of gender. The High Court gave the university until 24 November 2014 to comply.

Minority status

Aligarh Muslim University claims itself as a minority institute guaranteed under Article 29 and 30 of the Constitution of India. However, Allahabad High Court has struck down provisions of Aligarh Muslim University Act stating that AMU is not a minority institution. In April 2016, the Indian government advised the court it would not appeal the decision.


The university’s formal head is the Chancellor, though this is a titular figure, not involved with the day-to-day running of the university. The Chancellor is elected by the members of University Court, a body with members drawn from all walks of life. The university’s chief executive is the Vice-Chancellor, appointed by the President of India on the recommendation of the Court. The Court is the supreme governing body of the University and exercises all the powers of the University, not otherwise provided for by the Aligarh Muslim University Act, the Statutes, the Ordinances and the Regulations of the University.

On 11 April 2015, Mufaddal Saifuddin was elected Chancellor and Ibne Saeed Khan, the former Nawab of Chhatari state, Pro-Chancellor. Habibur Rahman, former vice chancellor of Agra University, was elected Honorary Treasurer.

Since 2012 Zameer Uddin Shah has been Vice-Chancellor, the 38th person to hold that position.

Academic profile

Aligarh Muslim University is a fully residential university having 13 faculties, 7 constituent colleges (5 colleges academic programs), 15 Centres, 3 Institutes, 10 schools. Recently the university opened faculty of International Studies.


  • B.TECH
  • MBA
  • MBBS
  • B.A {HONS.}
  • B.SC {HONS.}
  • B.E
  • B.COM {HONS.}
  • B.ARCH
  • B.A
  • B.SC

TNEA 2018

MBBS fees

YEAR 1 ₹37,890
YEAR 2 ₹37,890
YEAR 3 ₹37,890
YEAR 4 ₹37,890





To be eligible for admission to MBBS/ BDS program in Aligarh Muslim University, students need to qualify the complete eligibility criteria prescribed by the university.

  • Students should have passed class 12 or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English from a well-recognized board.
  • Further, the candidate must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
  • The minimum age limit to apply for the program is 17 years as on December 31 in the year of admission.


The selection is done on the basis of NEET score and Medical Fitness Examination. Shortlisted candidates on the basis of their NEET score will be called for Medical Fitness Examination. Qualified candidates in Medical Fitness Examination will get admission to MBBS/ BDS program.

  • The university will release the combined merit list to shortlist the candidates.
  • Merit list will be prepared on the basis of NEET score.
  • Those who will successfully qualify Medical Fitness test are required to go for document verification process.

Candidates belonging to PwD category (Person with Disability) have to certify themselves at one of the under mentioned. Disability Assessment Boards at the four Metro Cities.

  1. Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjang Hospital, Ansari Nagar (Ring Road), New Delhi 110029.
  2. Indian Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Haji Ali Park, 1 K. Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai 400034.
  3. Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, 244, Archarya J.C. Bose Marg, Kolkata – 20.
  4. Madras Medical College, Park Town, Chennai – 600003.


Name Aligarh Muslim University
Name अलीगढ़ मुस्लिम विश्वविद्यालय
Acronym AMU
Founded 1875
Motto Allammal Insaana Maalam Yalam
Taught man what he did not know


Address University Road
202 002 Uttar Pradesh
Population range 500,000-1,000,000
+91 (571) 270 0920
+91 (571) 270 2607

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