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 (yet still small) 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 2018 below.
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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).
The Indian Institute of Technology 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 10th dean of Harvard Business School, the designer of the rupee sign Udaya Kumar, professor of computer science Sarita Vikram Adve, winner of Fulkerson and Knuth Prizes Ravindran Kannan, co-founder and chairman of Syntel Bharat Desai and archaeologist Sharada Srinivasan.
The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi is located in the capital of Delhi. More specifically the university is situated in South Delhi, surrounded by the Hauz Khan area and buildings such as the Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar.
The university has 13 different departments including applied mechanics, humanities, physics and mathematics. There are also 11 inter-disciplinary departments, where students are able to study subjects that overlap with one another.
The India Institute of Kanpur is located in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. It was established in 1959 and was one of the first Indian Institutes of Technology to be created. In it's first decade, a group of nine US universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University and Ohio State University helped set up the institutes research laboratories and academic programmes under the Kanpur Indo-American Programme. It was also the first institute in India to offer courses in computer science.
IIT Kharagpur, founded in 1951, is the oldest and one of the most respected Indian Institutes of Technology. Although its focus is on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the university also has programmes in humanities and social sciences. IIT Kharagpur is one of the few universities in the world based on the site of a former prison, the Hilji Detention Camp, used by the British colonial power to lock up independence campaigners.
IIT Roorkee was initially established in 1847 and was given university status in 1949. It was then converted to an Indian Institute of Technology in 2001, making it the seventh institute of technology to be created. The university offers courses in engineering, technology, applied sciences and management.
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|India Rank 2018||World University Rank 2018||University||City||State|
|1||251–300||Indian Institute of Science||Bangalore||Karnataka|
|2||351–400||Indian Institute of Technology Bombay||Mumbai||Maharashtra|
|=3||501–600||Indian Institute of Technology Delhi||New Delhi||Delhi|
|=3||501–600||Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur||Kanpur||Uttar Pradesh|
|=3||501–600||Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur||Kharagpur||West Bengal|
|=3||501–600||Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee||Roorkee||Uttarakhand|
|=7||601–800||Aligarh Muslim University||Aligarh||Uttar Pradesh|
|=7||601–800||Banaras Hindu University||Varanasi||Uttar Pradesh|
|=7||601–800||University of Delhi||Delhi||Delhi|
|=7||601–800||Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati||Guwahati||Assam|
|=7||601–800||Indian Institute of Technology Madras||Chennai||Tamil Nadu|
|=7||601–800||Indian School of Mines||Dhanbad||Jharkand|
|=7||601–800||Jadavpur University||Kolkata||West Bengal|
|=7||601–800||National Institute of Technology Rourkela||Rourkela||Odisha|
|=7||601–800||Savitribai Phule Pune University||Pune||Maharashtra|
|=18||801–1000||Amrita University||Coimbatore||Tamil Nadu|
|=18||801–1000||Andhra University||Visakhapatnam||Andhra Pradesh|
|=18||801–1000||Annamalai University||Chidambaram||Tamil Nadu|
|=18||801–1000||Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani||Pilani||Rajasthan|
|=18||801–1000||University of Calcutta||Kolkata||West Bengal|
|=18||801–1000||Cochin University of Science and Technology||Cochin||Kerala|
|=18||801–1000||Jamia Millia Islamia||Jamia Nagar||Delhi|
|=18||801–1000||University of Kerala||Trivandrum||Kerala|
|=18||801–1000||Sri Venkateswara University||Andhra||Andhra Pradesh|
|=18||801–1000||VIT University||Vellore||Tamil Nadu|
|=31||1001+||Amity University||Noida||National Capital Region|
|=31||1001+||G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar||Pantnagar||Uttarakhand|
|=31||1001+||GITAM University||Visakhapatnam||Andhra Pradesh|
|=31||1001+||Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur (JNTUA)||Anantapur||Andhra Pradesh|
|=31||1001+||Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda||Vadodara||Gujarat|
|=31||1001+||University of Mysore||Mysuru||Karnataka|
|=31||1001+||PSG College of Technology||Coimbatore||Tamil Nadu|
|=31||1001+||SASTRA University||Thanjavur||Tamil Nadu|
|=31||1001+||Sathyabama University||Chennai||Tamil Nadu|
|=31||1001+||SRM University||Tamil Nadu||Tamil Nadu|
|=31||1001+||Tamil Nadu Agricultural University||Coimbatore||Tamil Nadu|