Chaudhary Charan Singh University (formerly, Meerut University) was established in 1966, to cater to the needs of higher education in western Uttar Pradesh. The University celebrated its silver jubilee in 1991. Presently, it is one of the premier educational institutions of the country encompassing a vast, beautiful and pollution-free campus which sprawls over 222 acres of land having vast playgrounds and experimental fields, botanical garden, rose garden with life-size statue of the late Prime Minister Ch. Charan Singh, Gymnasium, Indoor Stadium, well equipped Library, Hostels for both girls and boys, Administrative Block, Spacious Auditorium, Guest House, Community Center, Medical Center, Residential Quarters for faculty members and employees, Canteen, Bank and Post office. The teaching department belonging to different faculties, are housed in spacious buildings and have well-equipped laboratories and advanced facilities. The University also has a separate engineering college, which is currently offering courses leading to B.Tech. degree in several different branches of engineering
Initially, the M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes were started in 1969 taking credit of becoming first University in the country to introduce M.Phil. programme. In 1973, Post Graduate level courses were also introduced with the modernized syllabi. Since then, the University has been progressing at a steady rate. During the VIII five years plan, introduction of self-financed courses keeping in pace with the changing demands of the society and also for human resources development, were planned. Now, there are five faculties with 22 UGC sponsored and 35 selffinanced/job oriented courses being run in the campus. 252 professional colleges/institutions 109 colleges and one constituent college are affiliated to Chaudhary Charan Singh University.
Under the able leadership of the Vice Chancellor, a renowned innovative technologist and an established committed academic administrator, the university is offering a large number of new and innovative post-graduate, under-graduate, diploma, advanced diploma and postgraduate diploma courses under self-financed scheme in areas of Agricultural Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Journalism, Mass Communication and Multimedia Techniques, Earth Sciences, Teacher and Physical Education, Fine Arts, Legal Studies, Applied Sciences, Home Science, Business Studies, Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Censoring.
A distinct feature of the academic program is the semester system and continuous evolution of the students through quizzes, tests and seminars. The academic program exposes the students to practical aspects through computer labs, seminars, group discussions and lectures of experts invited from other institutions. The recognition of the university is due to the efforts of well-qualified and committed faculty members who have been providing quality education to postgraduate, M.Phil. and Ph.D. students. The University has also made a mark in the field of sports, and our students are second to none in their achievements.
The University has always been proud of its alumni who are occupying high positions of great responsibilities and distinction in educational and research institutions in India and abroad as well as administrative positions in the industries, defense and civil services. The success of the students of the university in NET, GATE, ARS, GRE and other examinations such as civil and administrative services etc. speak of the standard and quality of education provided by the university. The research activities in the various departments of the university are supported by grants in the form of research projects sanctioned by UGC, DBT, DST, ICAR, AICTE, UPSTC, CSIR and other funding agencies of the central and state governments.