These are the top 20 universities in India today

First Published Dec 3, 2020, 10:54 AM IST

For centuries, India has been a powerhouse for knowledge. It educational institutions have been carving out a calibre of students who have gone on to make the country proud. Here's a list of top 20 universities in India today

<p><strong>Indian Institute of Technology Bombay<br />
Powai, Mumbai</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "The institute is recognised worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education and research. Reputed for the outstanding calibre of students graduating from its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the institute attracts the best students from the country for its bachelors, masters and doctoral programmes. Research and academic programmes at IIT Bombay are driven by an outstanding faculty, many of whom are reputed for their research contributions internationally."</p>

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Powai, Mumbai


QS Top Universities: "The institute is recognised worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education and research. Reputed for the outstanding calibre of students graduating from its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the institute attracts the best students from the country for its bachelors, masters and doctoral programmes. Research and academic programmes at IIT Bombay are driven by an outstanding faculty, many of whom are reputed for their research contributions internationally."

<p><strong>Indian Institute of Science<br />
Bengaluru, Karnataka</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "Over the 105 years since its establishment, IISc has become the premier institute for advanced scientific and technological research and education in India. Beginning with 2 departments and 21 students in 1911, today IISc has over 40 departments, units, or centres, 4000 students, and about 500 academic and scientific staff, supported by 600 administrative personnel."</p>

Indian Institute of Science
Bengaluru, Karnataka


QS Top Universities: "Over the 105 years since its establishment, IISc has become the premier institute for advanced scientific and technological research and education in India. Beginning with 2 departments and 21 students in 1911, today IISc has over 40 departments, units, or centres, 4000 students, and about 500 academic and scientific staff, supported by 600 administrative personnel."

<p><strong>Indian Institute of Technology Delhi<br />
New Delhi</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "Established as College of Engineering in 1961, the Institute was later declared an Institution of National Importance under the "Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963" and was renamed "Indian Institute of Technology Delhi". It was then accorded the status of a deemed university with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees."</p>

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
New Delhi


QS Top Universities: "Established as College of Engineering in 1961, the Institute was later declared an Institution of National Importance under the "Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963" and was renamed "Indian Institute of Technology Delhi". It was then accorded the status of a deemed university with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees."

<p><strong>Indian Institute of Technology Madras<br />
Chennai</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "IIT Madras has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in the country. The Institute has sixteen academic departments and a few advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories organised in a unique pattern of functioning. A faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical &amp; supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras."&nbsp;</p>

Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai


QS Top Universities: "IIT Madras has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in the country. The Institute has sixteen academic departments and a few advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories organised in a unique pattern of functioning. A faculty of international repute, a brilliant student community, excellent technical & supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras." 

<p><strong>Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur<br />
Kharagpur, West Bengal</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "With 19 Academic Departments, 7 Centres &amp; 8 Schools of Excellence, the Institute offers 15 B.Tech.(Hons.) Programs, 38 Dual Degree Programs, 2 Interdisciplinary Dual Degree Programs, 6 Integrated M.Sc. Programs and 5 Two Year M.Sc. degree programs of Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D.The motto of IIT Kharagpur is "Yoga Karmashu Kaushalam" . The motto literally translates to "Excellence in action is Yoga" essentially implying that doing your work well is (true) yoga"</p>

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Kharagpur, West Bengal


QS Top Universities: "With 19 Academic Departments, 7 Centres & 8 Schools of Excellence, the Institute offers 15 B.Tech.(Hons.) Programs, 38 Dual Degree Programs, 2 Interdisciplinary Dual Degree Programs, 6 Integrated M.Sc. Programs and 5 Two Year M.Sc. degree programs of Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D.The motto of IIT Kharagpur is "Yoga Karmashu Kaushalam" . The motto literally translates to "Excellence in action is Yoga" essentially implying that doing your work well is (true) yoga"

<p><strong>Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur<br />
Kanpur, UP</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "Established in 1959, the institution is considered one the IITs most famous universities for pioneering science-based engineering education in the country."</p>

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur, UP


QS Top Universities: "Established in 1959, the institution is considered one the IITs most famous universities for pioneering science-based engineering education in the country."

<p><strong>Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee<br />
Haridwar, Uttarakhand</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "The institute offers over 51 courses. A large number of seats are available with MHRD scholarship of Rs 14000 per month for first two years and Rs 15,000 per month for another two years. Besides admission are also offered to candidates under sponsored category."</p>

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Haridwar, Uttarakhand


QS Top Universities: "The institute offers over 51 courses. A large number of seats are available with MHRD scholarship of Rs 14000 per month for first two years and Rs 15,000 per month for another two years. Besides admission are also offered to candidates under sponsored category."

<p><strong>Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati<br />
Assam</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "At present the Institute has eleven departments and three inter-disciplinary academic centres covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc and PhD programmes. Within a short period of time, IIT Guwahati has been able to build up world class infrastructure for carrying out advanced research and has been equipped with state-of-the-art scientific and engineering instruments."</p>

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Assam


QS Top Universities: "At present the Institute has eleven departments and three inter-disciplinary academic centres covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc and PhD programmes. Within a short period of time, IIT Guwahati has been able to build up world class infrastructure for carrying out advanced research and has been equipped with state-of-the-art scientific and engineering instruments."

<p><strong>University of Delhi<br />
New Delhi</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "The University of Delhi is the premier university of the country and is known for its high standards in teaching and research and attracts eminent scholars to its faculty. The University of Delhi was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly. The East Campus is being developed with the University College of Medical Science as its nucleus, while the West Campus will have as its focus on Engineering and Technology."<br />
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University of Delhi
New Delhi


QS Top Universities: "The University of Delhi is the premier university of the country and is known for its high standards in teaching and research and attracts eminent scholars to its faculty. The University of Delhi was established in 1922 as a unitary, teaching and residential university by an Act of the then Central Legislative Assembly. The East Campus is being developed with the University College of Medical Science as its nucleus, while the West Campus will have as its focus on Engineering and Technology."
 

<p><strong>Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad<br />
Telangana</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "In a very short time, IIT Hyderabad has made significant strides in education and research."</p>

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Telangana


QS Top Universities: "In a very short time, IIT Hyderabad has made significant strides in education and research."

<p><strong>Jadavpur University<br />
Kolkata, West Bengal</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "Jadavpur University also executes various prestigious academic and research programs, which are the reflection of the top merit of the faculty members, research scholars, and students associated with the University. The University is one of the nation’s first universities to be brought under the ambit of the University Grants Commission’s scheme of Universities with Potential for Excellent."</p>

Jadavpur University
Kolkata, West Bengal


QS Top Universities: "Jadavpur University also executes various prestigious academic and research programs, which are the reflection of the top merit of the faculty members, research scholars, and students associated with the University. The University is one of the nation’s first universities to be brought under the ambit of the University Grants Commission’s scheme of Universities with Potential for Excellent."

<p><strong>O.P. Jindal Global University<br />
Sonipat, Haryana</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "JGU is one of the few universities in Asia with 1:9 faculty-student ratio. JGU currently has eight schools that provide 13 undergraduate programmes, 7 postgraduate programmes and a university-wide doctoral program. JGU has entered into 250+ collaborations with universities across 52 countries for 85 student exchange collaborations, 63 faculty exchange and development programmes and 22 joint collaborations"</p>

O.P. Jindal Global University
Sonipat, Haryana


QS Top Universities: "JGU is one of the few universities in Asia with 1:9 faculty-student ratio. JGU currently has eight schools that provide 13 undergraduate programmes, 7 postgraduate programmes and a university-wide doctoral program. JGU has entered into 250+ collaborations with universities across 52 countries for 85 student exchange collaborations, 63 faculty exchange and development programmes and 22 joint collaborations"

<p><strong>Savitribai Phule (Pune University)<br />
Pune, Maharashtra</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "The university strives to provide an academically conducive environment, to help create “Globally Competent Graduates” capable of taking on challenges and rapidly changing responsibilities in the dynamic world. The main educational programs offered by the University are extended through a comprehensive course structure, with a perfect blend of modern pedagogy with traditional delivery mechanisms."<br />
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Savitribai Phule (Pune University)
Pune, Maharashtra


QS Top Universities: "The university strives to provide an academically conducive environment, to help create “Globally Competent Graduates” capable of taking on challenges and rapidly changing responsibilities in the dynamic world. The main educational programs offered by the University are extended through a comprehensive course structure, with a perfect blend of modern pedagogy with traditional delivery mechanisms."
 

<p><strong>University of Hyderabad<br />
Hyderabad</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "The University of Hyderabad offers post graduate programmes through its twelve schools of study. They are: School of Mathematics and Statistics; School of Physics School of Chemistry; School of Life Sciences; School of Humanities; School of Social Sciences; Sarojini Naidu School of Arts &amp; Communication; School of Managment Studies; School of Medical Sciences; School of Engineering Sciences and Technology; School of Economics and School of Computer and Information Sciences."</p>

University of Hyderabad
Hyderabad


QS Top Universities: "The University of Hyderabad offers post graduate programmes through its twelve schools of study. They are: School of Mathematics and Statistics; School of Physics School of Chemistry; School of Life Sciences; School of Humanities; School of Social Sciences; Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication; School of Managment Studies; School of Medical Sciences; School of Engineering Sciences and Technology; School of Economics and School of Computer and Information Sciences."

<p><strong>Jamia Millia Islamia<br />
New Delhi</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "Rabindranath Tagore called it one of the most progressive educational institutions of India. The story of its growth from a small institution in the pre-independence India to a central university located in New Delhi -- offering integrated education from nursery to research in specialized areas -- is a saga of dedication, conviction and vision of a people who worked against all odds and saw it growing step by step."</p>

Jamia Millia Islamia
New Delhi


QS Top Universities: "Rabindranath Tagore called it one of the most progressive educational institutions of India. The story of its growth from a small institution in the pre-independence India to a central university located in New Delhi -- offering integrated education from nursery to research in specialized areas -- is a saga of dedication, conviction and vision of a people who worked against all odds and saw it growing step by step."

<p><strong>Manipal Academy of Higher Education&nbsp;<br />
Manipal, Karnataka</strong></p>

<p>QS Top Universities: "It has nearly 2500 faculty and almost 10000 other support and service staff, who cater to the various professional institutions in health sciences, engineering, management, communication and humanities which dot the Wi-Fi-enabled campus. The University has off-campuses in Mangalore and Bengaluru, and off-shore campuses in Dubai (UAE) and Melaka (Malaysia). The Mangalore campus offers medical, dental, and nursing programs. The Bengaluru Campus offers programs in Regenerative Medicine."</p>

Manipal Academy of Higher Education 
Manipal, Karnataka

QS Top Universities: "It has nearly 2500 faculty and almost 10000 other support and service staff, who cater to the various professional institutions in health sciences, engineering, management, communication and humanities which dot the Wi-Fi-enabled campus. The University has off-campuses in Mangalore and Bengaluru, and off-shore campuses in Dubai (UAE) and Melaka (Malaysia). The Mangalore campus offers medical, dental, and nursing programs. The Bengaluru Campus offers programs in Regenerative Medicine."

<p><strong>Aligarh Muslim University<br />
Aligarh, U.P</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "Aligarh Muslim University occupies a unique position amongst universities and institutions of higher learning in the country. It was established in 1920, and evolved out of the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College (MAO College) which was set up in 1877 by the great visionary and social reformer, Sir Syed Ahmad khan. From its very inception, it has kept its door open to the members of all communities and from all corners of the country and the world."</p>

Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh, U.P


QS Top Universities: "Aligarh Muslim University occupies a unique position amongst universities and institutions of higher learning in the country. It was established in 1920, and evolved out of the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College (MAO College) which was set up in 1877 by the great visionary and social reformer, Sir Syed Ahmad khan. From its very inception, it has kept its door open to the members of all communities and from all corners of the country and the world."

<p><strong>Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham<br />
Coimbatore, T.N</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham was founded in 1994, and today has 15 schools across eight campuses (Coimbatore, Amritapuri, Cochin, Bangalore, Mysore and Amaravati) and offers 200+ degree programs, in a variety of disciplines. Amrita has approximately 18,000 students and 1,750 faculty members, 600 of which are PhD/DM holders. The university also has a staff to student ratio of 1:10."</p>

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Coimbatore, T.N


QS Top Universities: "Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham was founded in 1994, and today has 15 schools across eight campuses (Coimbatore, Amritapuri, Cochin, Bangalore, Mysore and Amaravati) and offers 200+ degree programs, in a variety of disciplines. Amrita has approximately 18,000 students and 1,750 faculty members, 600 of which are PhD/DM holders. The university also has a staff to student ratio of 1:10."

<p><strong>Anna University<br />
Chennai</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "It offers higher education in Engineering, Technology and allied Sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society.Besides promoting research and disseminating knowledge gained therefrom, it fosters cooperation between the academic and industrial communities.The University was formed by bringing together and integrating two well-known technical institutions in the city of Madras."</p>

Anna University
Chennai


QS Top Universities: "It offers higher education in Engineering, Technology and allied Sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society.Besides promoting research and disseminating knowledge gained therefrom, it fosters cooperation between the academic and industrial communities.The University was formed by bringing together and integrating two well-known technical institutions in the city of Madras."

<p><strong>Banaras Hindu University<br />
Varanari, U.P</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "The University has five institutes and 16 faculties and is home to over 30,000 students. It was founded in 1916 and is now one of the largest residential universities in Asia. Students at Banaras Hindu University &nbsp;can follow subject spanning the full academic spectrum by pursuing programs in one of the 16 faculties."</p>

Banaras Hindu University
Varanari, U.P


QS Top Universities: "The University has five institutes and 16 faculties and is home to over 30,000 students. It was founded in 1916 and is now one of the largest residential universities in Asia. Students at Banaras Hindu University  can follow subject spanning the full academic spectrum by pursuing programs in one of the 16 faculties."

<p><strong>University of Calcutta<br />
Kolkata</strong></p>

<p><br />
QS Top Universities: "University of Calcutta was the first University to be established in British India on January 24, 1857. It emerged as the nucleus of a range of academic activities which contributed to the development of Indian science and technology and the understanding of the country’s past and the nation’s perceptions for the future. Besides, the University has always remained alive to emerging political, social and economic challenges of the nation and the world.</p>

University of Calcutta
Kolkata


QS Top Universities: "University of Calcutta was the first University to be established in British India on January 24, 1857. It emerged as the nucleus of a range of academic activities which contributed to the development of Indian science and technology and the understanding of the country’s past and the nation’s perceptions for the future. Besides, the University has always remained alive to emerging political, social and economic challenges of the nation and the world.

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