Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) is a Central University established by an Act of Parliament in 1998. The main campus of MANUU is located at Gachibowli in Hyderabad, Telangana State, over an area of 200 acres. The University is named after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the freedom fighter and outstanding scholar, who as the first Education Minister of Independent India envisioned and laid the foundation of technical, scientific and higher education in India.
The objects of MANUU as per Section 4 of its Act 1996 (No. 2 of 1997):
To promote and develop the Urdu language to impart education and training in vocational and technical subjects through the medium of Urdu, to provide wider access to people desirous of pursuing programs of higher education and training in Urdu medium through teaching on the campus as well as at a distance, and to provide focus on women education of the 29 ‘Powers of the University’ listed in its Acts and Statutes, the first and foremost power is ‘to provide for instructions and research in such branches of learning as are relevant for furtherance of the objects of the University’.
This power empowers MANUU to promote and develop the Urdu language through all means available to it and all opportunities provided to it. MANUU’s march of certainty in the realization of its objects can be witnessed from its programs of study, which are in keeping with not only the traditional branches of learning but also are relevant with the present disciplines of knowledge. MANUU started offering its educational programs from the year 1998 through distance mode of education, and from 2004 through campus mode.