TOP UNIVERSITIES Country Guides – Study in India
India has traditionally been seen as a country that sends rather than receives international students, but a growing number of students from elsewhere are now choosing to study in India. Indeed, the 2012 Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education found that India had become the 11th most popular country for US students abroad.
With the world’s second largest population (after China), and a fast-growing and ever-more influential economy, it’s unsurprising that India’s higher education system has undergone rapid expansion over the past few decades. India now has one of the largest higher education systems in the world (after China and the US) – and to an outsider, perhaps one of the most complex. There are thousands of colleges and universities in India to choose from, of many different types, sizes, specializations and origins, some state-run, others private.
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Universities in India
India is especially well-known for the quality of its education in engineering and technology subjects, spearheaded by the prestigious and internationally recognized Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). There are currently 16 of these, around the country, focusing mainly on engineering, technology and science disciplines.Among India’s comprehensive universities, the highest performing in the QS rankings are the University of Delhi (91st in the QS University Rankings: Asia 2015; 481-490 in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16), the University of Mumbai (125th in Asia; 701+ in the world), the University of Calcutta (149th in Asia; 601-650 in the world) and Banaras Hindu University (151-160 in Asia; 701+ in the world).
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore is a public university ranked 34th in the 2015 edition of the QS University Rankings: Asia. Indian Institute of Science (IISc) BangaloreIt also entered the overall QS World University Rankings for the first time in 2015, at 147th place, making it the top university in India. It also maintains a strong presence QS World University Rankings by Subject, ranking among the world’s top universities in 14 subjects. Of these, it performs best (among the top 100 worldwide) for electrical & electronic engineering and materials sciences.
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
Another of India’s leading specialized public institutions is the Institute of Technology Delhi, often shortened to IITD, which ranks 42nd in the Asian rankings and 179th in the world rankings.Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)Classified by the government as an ‘Institute of National Importance’, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has a current enrolment of just under 8,000 students, at its 325-acre campus in the south of the city.The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi is internationally ranked for 11 subjects, performing best (in the top 100 worldwide) for chemical engineering, civil & structural engineering, computer science, electrical & electronic engineering and mechanical engineering.
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
Another of the top IITs, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) ranks 46th in the Asian rankings and 202nd in the world, according to the latest results.Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) Despite its specialized focus, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay also offers courses in a selection of arts and humanities subjects. Located in the Powai neighborhood in the north-east of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), IIT Bombay is one of India’s oldest universities, established in 1958, and is now home to around 8,000 students. Ranked internationally in a total of 13 subjects, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay does best for art & design, chemical engineering, civil & structural engineering, computer science, electrical & electronic engineering, material sciences, mechanical engineering and statistics.
Other top universities in India include Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), (joint 254th in Asia), Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), (joint 271st) Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (joint 286th) and Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) (joint 391st).