Best universities in India 2019

Explore India and some of its most influential universities, using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings

October 23 2018
IIT Guwahati, Assam, India

India’s system of higher education is one of the largest in the world, after China and the United States, and is especially known for its engineering schools. The Parliament declared institutes of technology in India as “institutes of national importance” in 1961, which helped the then newly established universities to grow and develop their reputations.

The national competition for a place at one of India’s best universities is fierce but an increasing number of international students go to study there too. An obvious advantage for international students is that all courses are taught in English.

The country’s rich culture, luscious landscape and unforgettable food are further reasons why you may want to experience India as a student. Many Indian universities are placed in luxurious natural parks. Whether located in rural or urban settings, many of the best institutions host a series of festivals and events that make campus life more exciting. As one of the most diverse countries in the world, you may want to choose your university based on the state, its location and local culture.

Read about some of India’s best universities based on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 below. 

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Top 5 universities in India

1. Indian Institute of Science

Founded in 1979, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore is one of the highest regarded Indian institutions, located in the south western Karnataka state.

The university only offers one undergraduate programme: a four-year BA in science. The programme’s core modules are in physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and humanities. In their final year, students do an individual research project.

The university is heavily focused on research, with around 70 per cent of its student body undertaking PhD and MA research projects. The institute boasts with more than 75 winners of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (SSB).

2. Indian Institute of Technology Indore

The Indian Institute of Technology Indore is located in Mashya Pradesh Indian. It is one of the Institutes of Technology established by the government of India. 

The university has three schools: basic sciences; engineering and humanities and social sciences. 

Undergraduate students are encouraged to take part in research projects at the institution in the form of an undergraduate research scheme called Promotion of Research and Innovation for Undergraduate Students (PRIUS).

=3. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

The Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, set up in 1958, has made its reputation by nurturing some of India’s most respected engineers and scientists and employing internationally renowned professors. The university offers both long and short courses. Its premises are located between India’s financial centre, Mumbai, and the resplendent Sanjay Gandhi National Park, where one can see leopards, panthers and other wild cats.

The institute hosts Techfest, one of Asia’s largest science and technology festival, established in 1998, as well as Mood Indigo, one of Asia’s biggest cultural university festivals.

Notable alumni include Nitin Nohria, the tenth dean of Harvard Business School, the designer of the rupee sign Udaya Kumar, winner of Fulkerson and Knuth Prizes Ravindran Kannan and co-founder and chairman of Syntel Bharat Desai.

=3. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee was established in 1847 and its the oldest technical institution in Asia. It gained university status in 1949 and was converted to an Indian Institute of Technology in 2001, becoming the seventh institute in India. 

Three student festivals are held every year; a technical festival (Cognizance); a cultural festival (Thomso) and a sports fesitval (Sangram). 

The university offers courses in engineering, technology, applied sciences and management. 

=3. JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research

JSS Academy of Higher Education annd Research is an institute of higher education focussed on medical and health-related studies in Mysore, Karnataka, India. 

It is a deemed-to-be-university, an accreditation awarded by India’s Department of Higher Education to higher educational institutions in India working at a very high standard in a specific area of study, which can enjoy academic status and certain privileges of a university. Such institutions are not allowed to use the term "university" in their names.

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India Rank 2019 WUR Rank 2019 University City  State
1  251–300  Indian Institute of Science Bangalore Karnataka
2  351–400  Indian Institute of Technology Indore Indore Madhya Pradesh
=3  401–500  Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Mumbai Maharashtra
=3  401–500  Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee Roorkee Uttarakhand
=3  401–500  JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research Mysore Karnataka
=6  501–600  Indian Institute of Technology Delhi New Delhi Delhi
=6  501–600  Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Kanpur Uttar Pradesh
=6  501–600  Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Kharagpur West Bengal
=6  501–600  Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune Maharashtra
=10  601–800  Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
=10  601–800  Banaras Hindu University Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
=10  601–800  University of Delhi Delhi Delhi
=10  601–800  Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune Pune Maharashtra
=10  601–800  Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Guwahati Assam
=10  601–800  Indian Institute of Technology Madras Chennai Tamil Nadu
=10  601–800  Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar Odisha
=10  601–800  Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana
=10  601–800  Jadavpur University Kolkata West Bengal
=10  601–800  National Institute of Technology Rourkela Rourkela Odisha
=10  601–800  Panjab University Chandigarh Punjab
=10  601–800  Tezpur University Tezpur Assam
=22  801–1000  Acharya Nagarjuna University Guntur Andhra Pradesh
=22  801–1000  Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh Uttar Pradesh
=22  801–1000  Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Pilani Rajasthan
=22  801–1000  Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata Kolkata West Bengal
=22  801–1000  Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad Dhanbad Jharkand
=22  801–1000  Jamia Millia Islamia Jamia Nagar Delho
=22  801–1000  National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu
=22  801–1000  Osmania University Hyderabad Telangana
=22  801–1000  Pondicherry University Puducherry Puducherry
=22  801–1000  Sri Venkateswara University Andhra Andhra Pradesh
=22  801–1000  Thapar University Patiala Punjab
=22  801–1000  VIT University Vellore Tamil Nadu
=33  1001+  Amity University Noida National Capital Region
=33  1001+  Andhra University Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
=33  1001+  Annamalai University Chidambaram Tamil Nadu
=33  1001+  Cochin University of Science and Technology Cochin Kerala
=33  1001+  G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar Pantnagar Uttarakhand
=33  1001+  GITAM University Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
=33  1001+  University of Kerala Trivandrum Kerala
=33  1001+  KIIT University Bhubaneswar Odisha
=33  1001+  Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Vadodara Gujarat
=33  1001+  Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal Karnataka
=33  1001+  University of Mysore Mysuru Karnataka
=33  1001+  PSG College of Technology Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
=33  1001+  SASTRA University Thanjavur Tamil Nadu
=33  1001+  Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu
=33  1001+  SRM Institute of Science and Technology Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
=33  1001+  Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore Tamil Nadu

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