North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU)
MottoRise Up and Build
TypePublic central university
(51 years ago)
Academic affiliations
Vice-ChancellorProf. Prabha Shankar Shukla[1]
Academic staff
Location, ,
25°36′36″N 91°54′5″E / 25.61000°N 91.90139°E / 25.61000; 91.90139

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, in Shillong and Tura. Both campuses are in Meghalaya state. The first pro-vice chancellor was Early Rising Singha[3]

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.[4]


NEHU has two academic campuses, one at Mawkynroh-Umshing, Shillong, and another at Chasingre, Tura. Shillong is the headquarters of academic and administrative functions. The main campus is 1225 acres in area. It accommodates National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Sports Authority of India (SAI) and The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU).[5]

Organisation and administration


The head of the administration is the vice-chancellor (VC), 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. Under the VC are two pro-vice-chancellors, one for each of the two campuses, Tura and Shillong, and a Registrar.[6] As of December 2021, the VC is Prabha Shankar Shukla.[7]

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.[4]


The university has the following schools, departments and centres of studies:[8]

Jurisdictions and affiliated colleges

See also: List of colleges affiliated to NEHU

The jurisdiction of the university extended originally to the states of Meghalaya and Nagaland and the erstwhile Union Territories of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.[9] 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.[10]



The Central Library started in 1973 with a collection of 600 books. Its membership demographic includes university and college teachers, postgraduate and undergraduate honors students and members of the non-teaching staff. The permanent library at Shillong campus was funded by the Indian Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER) 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.[11] Readers can also have access to Thesis works compiled by PhD recipients over the years. The library is technologically endowed for ease and comfort of the students. A highly qualified library staff is available to assist students with any help they need. The library has a collection of rare works by leading Indian scholars some of which are not available anywhere, but certain libraries in the country.


University rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2021)[12]90
NIRF (Universities) (2021)[13]59

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked North-Eastern Hill University 90th overall in India[12] and 59th among universities[13] in 2021.

Notable alumni


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  2. ^ a b c d e "NIRF 2021" (PDF). North-Eastern Hill University.
  3. ^ Suba TB, ed. (2012). North-Eastern Hill University: Thirty-eight Annual Report 2011-2012 (PDF). NEHU. p. v-vi. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b NEHU (2013). Prospectus (PDF). North Eastern Hill University. pp. 1–6.
  5. ^ Press Information Bureau (6 January 2006). "The Host University of Indian Science Congress: NEHU". Department of Science and Technology. Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Officials". North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  7. ^ "The Vice-Chancellor". North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Schools of study". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  9. ^ "About NEHU". Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  10. ^ "About NEHU". Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  11. ^ NEHU Library. "Library". Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  12. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2021 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 9 September 2021.
  13. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2021 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 9 September 2021.
  14. ^ "North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong-793022". Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  15. ^ "Dr. P.Hangsing, Dept. of Library & Information Science, NEHU Shillong-22". 10 November 2015. Archived from the original on 10 November 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  16. ^ "Baryl Vanneihsangi(Zoram People's Movement):Constituency- AIZAWL SOUTH-III (ST)(AIZAWL) - Affidavit Information of Candidate". Retrieved 30 January 2024.