The University of Delhi was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly. Only three colleges existed then in Delhi:
St. Stephens College founded in 1881,
Hindu College founded in 1899
Ramjas College founded in 1917,
which were affiliated to the University.
In October 1933, the University offices and the Library shifted to the Viceregal Lodge Estate, and till today this site is the nucleus of the University (Main Campus). Over the last even decades the University has grown into one of the largest universities in India. At present, there are
86 Academic departments
spread all over the city. the University in the early seventies initiated a new organizational pattern based on the multi-campus concept.
When the University Grants Commission started establishing Centres of Advanced Studies in the country, 6 were awarded to the University of Delhi out of a total of 18 such centres in the early sixties.