The Govt. of NCT of Delhi established its first University with the name Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in 1998. It is a teaching and affiliating University with the explicit objective of facilitating and promoting “studies, research and extension work in emerging areas of higher education with focus on professional education, for example engineering, technology, management studies, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, education, law, etc.
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University shall strive hard to provide a market oriented professional education to the student community of India in general and of Delhi in particular, with a view to serving the cause of higher education as well as to meet the needs of the Indian industries by promoting establishment of colleges and Schools of Studies as Centres of Excellence in emerging areas of education with focus on professional education in disciplines of engineering, technology, medicine, education, pharmacy, nursing, law, etc.
As on date it has 11 Schools of Studies and One Maintained Institute, namely, Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) wherein as many as 35 Undergraduate and Postgraduate academic programmes are being conducted for 5000+ students; the annual intake being 1650 students.
On the affiliation front, 02 Schools of Studies, namely, School of Engineering and Technology and School of Medicine and Para Medical Health Sciences are being maintained for providing leadership role to the programmes conducted under these Schools at affiliated institutions. In all, the University has 100 affiliated institutes; of these, 76 are self financed and 24 are owned and managed by the Govt. of NCT of Delhi/Govt. of India. In these affiliated institutions, 80 academic programmes are being conducted with an intake of 22,000+ students with a total strength of 62,000+.
However, 02 University Schools of Studies, namely, School of Architecture & Planning; and School of Mass Communication are still functioning from the University's Kashmere Gate Campus and it's from here that the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (exclusively for women students) is also operational. In so far as University's School of Architecture & Planning is concerned, its world class infrastructure is being created at University's East Campus located at Surajmal Vihar (spread over the land measuring nearly 19 Acres) wherein an Institute of Design shall further be established.