Best universities in India 2022

Explore India and some of its most influential universities, using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2022

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October 1 2021
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India’s higher education system is one of the largest in the world, along with China and the United States, and is especially known for its engineering schools. The country’s parliament declared institutes of technology as “institutes of national importance” in 1961, which helped the then newly established universities to grow and develop their reputations.

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

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The country’s rich traditions, luscious landscape and delectable food are further reasons why you may want to experience India as a student. India is one of the most diverse countries in the world, so you may want to choose your university based on the state and its local culture.

Many Indian universities are in beautiful natural parks. Whether located in rural or city settings, a number of the best institutions host festivals and events that make campus life more exciting. 

Read about some of India’s best universities based on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 below. 

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Top 3 universities in India

1. Indian Institute of Science

Founded in Bangalore in the south-western state of Karnataka in 1909, the Indian Institute of Science is one of the highest regarded Indian institutions.

The university offers only one undergraduate programme: a four-year BA in science. The programme’s core modules are physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and humanities. In their final year, students do an individual research project. In order to apply to this course students have to provide their scores from one of the national examinations of India. 

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

=2. Indian Institute of Technology Ropar

The Indian Institute of Technology Ropar was established in 2008 and is located in Rupnagar, a city in the state of Punjab.

The university is one of the Indian Institutes of Technology, which provide education in mainly STEM subjects. 

The university’s permanent campus covers 203 hectares. There are 10 departments, including chemical engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, mathematics and physics.

The Center for Biomedical Engineering encourages an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences.

=2. JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research

Formerly known as Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara University (JSS University), JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research was founded in 2008 and is located in Mysore, a city in the Indian state of Karnataka.

The institute specialises in medical and health related studies. It is comprised of the JSS Medical College and the JSS Dental College and Hospital, as well as a number of faculties.

The student body consists of international students from 26 different countries around the world.

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Top universities in India 2022

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2022 results

 World University Rank 2022 India Rank 2022 University City State
301–350  1 Indian Institute of Science Bangalore Karnataka
351–400  =2 Indian Institute of Technology Ropar Rupnagar Punjab
351-400 =2 JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research Mysore Karnataka
401–500  4 Indian Institute of Technology Indore Indore Madhya Pradesh
501-600 =5 Alagappa University Karaikudi Tamil Nadu
501-600 =5 Thapar University Patiala Punjab
601–800  =7 Banaras Hindu University Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
601–800  =7 Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai Maharashtra
601–800  =7 Delhi Technological University New Delhi Delhi
601-800 =7 Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar Gandhinagar Gujarat
601-800 =7 Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi New Delhi Delhi
601-800 =7 International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana
601-800 =7 Jamia Millia Islamia Jamia Nagar Delhi
601-800 =7 Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi Delhi
601-800 =7 Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam Kerala
601-800 =7 Panjab University Chandigarh Punjab
601-800 =7 Saveetha University Chennai Tamil Nadu
801-1000 =18 Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh Uttar Pradesh
801-1000 =18 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
801-1000 =18 Anna University Chennai Tamil Nadu
801-1000 =18 Bharathiar University Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
801-1000 =18 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Pilani Rajasthan
801-1000 =18 University of Delhi New Delhi Delhi
801-1000 =18 Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata Kolkata West Bengal
801-1000 =18 Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune Pune Maharashtra
801-1000 =18 Indian Institute of Technology Patna Patna Bihar
801-1000 =18 Jadavpur University Kolkata West Bengal
801-1000 =18 Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education Krishnankoil Tamil Nadu
801-1000 =18 KIIT University Bhubaneswar Odisha
801-1000 =18 National Institute of Technology Rourkela Rourkela Odisha
801-1000 =18 National Institute of Technology Silchar Silchar Assam
801-1000 =18 Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune Maharashtra
801-1000 =18 Symbiosis International University Pune Maharashtra
801-1000 =18 VIT University Vellore Tamil Nadu
801-1000 =18 Veltech University Morai Tamil Nadu
1001-1200 =36 Acharya Nagarjuna University Guntur Andhra Pradesh
1001-1200 =36 Dr B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology Jalandhar Jalandhar Punjab
1001-1200 =36 Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology Hisar Haryana
1001-1200 =36 Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar Odisha
1001-1200 =36 Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad Dhanbad Jharkand
1001-1200 =36 Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
1001-1200 =36 Indian Institute of Tehnology Mandi Mandi Himachal Pradesh
1001-1200 =36 Jamia Hamdard University New Delhi Delhi
1001-1200 =36 KL University Guntur Andhra Pradesh
1001-1200 =36 King George's Medical University Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
1001-1200 =36 Lovely Professional University Phagwara Punjab
1001-1200 =36 Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal Karnataka
1001-1200 =36 University of Mumbai Mumbai Maharashtra
1001-1200 =36 National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu
1001-1200 =36 Osmania University Hyderabad Telangana
1001-1200 =36 Pondicherry University Puducherry Puducherry
1001-1200 =36 SASTRA University Thanjavur Tamil Nadu
1001-1200 =36 Sri Venkateswara University Andhra Andhra Pradesh
1001-1200 =36 Tezpur University Sonitpur Assam
1001-1200 =36 Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur Nagpur Maharashtra
1201+ =56 Amity University Noida National Capital Region
1201+ =56 Andhra University Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
1201+ =56 Annamalai University Cuddalore Tamil Nadu
1201+ =56 Banasthali University Vanasthali Rajasthan
1201+ =56 University of Calcutta Kolkata West Bengal
1201+ =56 Cochin University of Science and Technology Cochin Kerala
1201+ =56 GITAM University Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
1201+ =56 Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur (JNTUA) Ananthapuramu Andhra Pradesh
1201+ =56 University of Lucknow Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
1201+ =56 Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Vadodara Gujarat
1201+ =56 University of Mysore Mysuru Karnataka
1201+ =56 PSG College of Technology Coimbatore Tamil Nadu
1201+ =56 SRM Institute of Science and Technology Chengalpattu Tamil Nadu
1201+ =56 Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu
1201+ =56 Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Bhubaneswar Odisha
1201+ =56 Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore Tamil Nadu

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