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.
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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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.
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.
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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|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|
|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||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||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||SASTRA University||Thanjavur||Tamil Nadu|
|1001-1200||=36||Sri Venkateswara University||Andhra||Andhra Pradesh|
|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||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|