By December 2020, the central universities had received around 35% less than in the previous financial year.

The Ministry of Education released Rs 6.838.31 million to central universities to support research and innovation in 2020-21

NEW DELHI: By December 31, 2020, the central universities had received only a fraction of their budget for research and development, as shown by data shared by the Ministry of Education with Parliament during the 2021 budget session. Some centrally managed institutions had only received 50% of the amounts paid out in the 2019-20 financial year by December.

The late release of funds could be due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Publications for the school education department of the Ministry of Education were also delayed.

The Ministry of Education responded to a question in Lok Sabha, saying that Rs 6,838.31 crore had been released to central universities to “fill” research and innovation over the 2020-21 period. In 2019-20 it was 10,478.05 rupees, albeit over the entire fiscal year.

IoE: DU, BHU, Hyderabad University

In 2017, the center announced the Institutions of Eminence (IoE) program. Institutions so designated would receive academic and financial autonomy and each public institution would receive 1,000 rupees each to all public institutions over a five-year period.

In response to a question asked by BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the ministry said that the three central universities selected under the program were Banaras Hindu University (BHU), University of Hyderabad (UoH or HCU) and University of Delhi (DU) are. received Rs 62 crore, Rs 70.95 crore and Rs 26.61 crore in 2020-21. BHU and Hyderabad University each received Rs 22 crore in 2019-20, while DU received no grant under the IoE program in 2019-20.

These three universities are also among the hardest hit CUs in terms of funding cuts. Delhi University, one of the most sought-after universities near the ministry, saw one of the worst funding cuts in the past four years between 2020-21. Only 1883 billion rupees were allocated, a year ago it was 3161.83 billion rupees Rs 2592 crore in 2018-19. In 2020-21, BHU received Rs 998 crore, while in the previous year it received Rs 1482 crore. Similarly, HU received Rs 187 crore in the current year, while it was awarded Rs 288 crore in the 2019-20 period.

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Northeast States, Sikkim

There are nine central universities in the northeast, covering Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura. There is a central university in each of these states, with the exception of Assam, which has two universities, Tezpur University and Assam University.

These nine universities received Rs 482.04 crore of the total of Rs 6,838 crore. By December 2020 and only three months to the end of the financial year, they only received half of the previous year.

University name

2019-20 (in case Cr)

2020-21 (in case Cr)

Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar



Assam University, Silchar



Tezpur University, Tezpur



Manipur University, Imphal



NEHU, Shillong



Mizoram University, Mizoram



Nagaland University, Kohima



Sikkim University


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Tripura University, Agartala



Find ‘fillip’ for Gujarat, Himachal

When all central universities saw fewer payouts in the 2020-21 period, two of the 42 CUs saw increases, the Central University of Gujarat and the Central University of Himachal Pradesh. The central government released Rs 29.13 billion for CUG this year, more than Rs 25.37 billion in 2019-20. HP-based CU received Rs 29 billion as of December, up from Rs 27 billion.

Delhi: DU, Jamia, JNU

The state capital Delhi has three central universities – Jamia Millia Islamia University and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) – the second highest number after Uttar Pradesh. Jamia and JNU, both among the top universities in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF 2020), have also received reduced funding. JNU received Rs 422.41 crore in 2019-20 which had decreased to Rs 298.83 crore by December 2020-21. JMI also received Rs 102 crore less in 2020-21 (through December) than in 2019-20.

Uttar Pradesh – highest number of CUs

Uttar Pradesh has most of the central universities, which are also among the oldest and most prestigious universities in the country – Aligarh Muslim University, Allahabad University, BHU and Dr. BR Ambedkar University in Lucknow. Although there have been delays for these universities as well, these four have bagged 2,278.77 rupees, nearly a third of the central universities’ total research budget.

AMU has Rs 888.99 crore, which was Rs 1183.13 crore in 2019; AU received Rs 333.44 crore compared to Rs 441.77 crore a year ago; The Dr. BR Ambedkar University received Rs 58.11 crore through December 2020 where she received Rs 67.96 in 2019-20.

Rs 449 crore to new CUs

Up to seventeen central universities have been established in various parts of the country since 2007, and some of these institutions are still working on infrastructure development. When allocating funds to the new central universities, over 20 percent was deducted Rs 127 crore as in 2019-20 these institutions were allocated Rs 576.13 while they received Rs 449 crore in 2020-21.

Name of the CU

2019-20 (In Cr)

2020-21 (In Cr)

Central University of Tamilnadu

Rs 44.65

Rs 35.05

Central University of Rajasthan

Rs 47.85

Rs 38.90

Central University of Punjab

Rs 9/22

Rs 04/20

Central University of Orissa

Rs 3/16

Rs 12.54

Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak

Rs 64.45

Rs 53.77

Central University of Kerala

Rs 49.22

Rs 33.84

Central University of Karnataka

Rs 33.50

Rs 28.25

Central University of Jharkhand

Rs 36.23

Rs 23.66

Central University of Jammu

Rs 52.98

Rs 31.67

Central University of Kashmir

Rs 7/28

Rs 21.95

Central University of Himachal Pradesh

Rs 27.43

Rs 29.67

Central University of Haryana

Rs 40.02

Rs 32.98

Central University of Gujarat

Rs 25.37

Rs 29.13

Central University of South Bihar, Gaya

Rs 54.29

Rs 34.91

Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari

Rs 23.91

Rs 21.44

CU Andhra Pradesh


Rs 1.3

Central Tribal University


Rs 0.30

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