North Eastern Hill University

North Eastern Hill University
Motto Rise Up and Build
Type Public
Established 1973
Chancellor Andre Beteille
Vice-Chancellor Sri Krishna Srivastava
Location Shillong, Meghalaya, India
25°36′36″N 91°54′5″E / 25.61000°N 91.90139°E / 25.61000; 91.90139Coordinates: 25°36′36″N 91°54′5″E / 25.61000°N 91.90139°E / 25.61000; 91.90139
Campus Suburban
Affiliations UGC

North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) is a Central University established on 19 July 1973 by an Act of the Indian Parliament. The university is in the suburb of Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya, India. The university has two campuses: Shillong and Tura in Meghalaya. NEHU Tura Campus functions under a pro-vice chancellor.[1]

It is the University Grants Commission's University with Potential for Excellence (conferred in 2006). It was established as a regional university for the states of northeast India, including Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, and had given birth to Nagaland University in 1994 and Mizoram University in 2001.[2] The university at the national level ranks at 16 according to the India Today AC-Nielsen Best Universities Survey of 2012,[3][4] and at 11 at the TOP Central Universities.[5] It also has a world ranking at 1821 by the University Ranking by Academic Performance.[6]


The head of the admintration is the Vice-chancellor, who is appointed by the Visitor of the university, the President of India, for a five-year tenure. The Governor of Meghalaya is the Chief Rector. Presently Prof Prabodh Shukla is the Vice-chancellor, under whom are two pro-vice-chancellors, Prof E.D. Thomas at the Tura campus and Prof B. Myrboh at the Shillong campus. Initially, the academic departments and the administration of NEHU at Shillong functioned from three prime sites in the Shillong city; one from the former Maharaja of Mayurbhanj, the other from the Rani of Bijni and the third one from the Government of Meghalaya, popularly known as Horse-Shoe Building. The university now runs its central administration from its main campus in Mawkynroh-Umshing.[2]


NEHU has two academic campuses, one at Mawkynroh-Umshing, Shillong, and another at Chandmari, Tura. Shillong is the headquarters of academic and administrative functions. The main campus is 1025 acres in area. It accommodates National Council of Science Museum, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Sports Authority of India and The English and Foreign Languages University.[7]


The Central Library started in 1973 with a collection of 600 books. Its membership includes university and college teachers, postgraduate and undergraduate honours students and members of the non-teaching staff. The permanent library at Shiilong campus was funded by the Indian Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and inaugurated in 2006. It now has a collection of over 230,000 books, 38,000 bound periodicals and it subscribes to 316 foreign and 366 Indian journals.[8]


The university has the following schools (departments/centres of studies):

School of Physical Science
School of Social Science
School of Life Science
School of Humanities & Education
School of Human & Environmental Science
School of Economics, Management & Information Science
School of Engineering & Technology

Each of the schools of studies comprises academic departments and centers of studies detailed above.

Jurisdictions and affiliated colleges

The jurisdiction of the university extended originally to the states of Meghalaya and Nagaland and the erstwhile Union Territories of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram. With the establishment of the Nagaland University on 6 September 1994, the jurisdiction of NEHU ceased over Nagaland. Likewise with the establishment of the Mizoram University the jurisdiction of NEHU over Mizoram also ceased from June 2001. Arunachal Pradesh has its own university.

There are 53 undergraduate colleges affiliated to the university including eight professional colleges.


  1. Suba TB (ed) (2012). North-Eastern Hill University: Thirty-eight Annual Report 2011-2012 (PDF). NEHU. p. v-vi.
  2. 1 2 NEHU (2013). Prospectus (PDF). North Eastern Hill University. pp. 1–6.
  3. Mail Today Bureau (18 May 2012). "Delhi University tops India Today survey on universities for second year in a row". Living Media India Limited. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  4. Department of Economics NEHU (2012). "Welcome ! The university". Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  5. Ashwathi (19 April 2013). "List of Central Universities In India- Ranking 2013". Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  6. URAP (2013). "North-Eastern Hill University India". Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  7. Press Information Bureau (6 January 2006). "The Host University of Indian Science Congress: NEHU". Department of Science and Technology. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  8. NEHU Library. "Library". Retrieved 30 July 2013.
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