Premier Institutions Of India

The higher education system in India includes both private and public universities. Public universities are supported by the Government of India and the state governments, while private universities are mostly supported by various bodies and societies. Universities in India are recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), which draws its power from the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. In addition, 16 Professional Councils are established, controlling different aspects of accreditation and coordination. The types of universities controlled by the UGC include Central universitiesState universitiesDeemed universities and Private universities

In addition to the above universities, other institutions are granted the permission to autonomously award degrees, and while not called “university” by name, act as such. They usually fall under the administrative control of the Department of Higher Education. In official documents they are called “autonomous bodies“, “university-level institutions“, or even simply “other central institutions“. Such institutes include:

  • Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) are a group of autonomous information technology oriented institutes with special funding and administration. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act lists four central (at Gwalior, Allahabad, Kancheepuram and Jabalpur) and sixteen PPP IIITs. The List of original IIIT’s (Indian Institute of IT).
  • Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are a group of autonomous engineering and technology-oriented institutes with special funding and administration. The Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 lists sixteen IITs at (BHU) Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Bhubaneshwar (Orissa), Bombay (Maharashtra), Delhi (Delhi), Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Guwahati (Assam), Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Kharagpur (West Bengal), Madras (Tamil Nadu), Mandi (Himachal Pradesh), Patna (Bihar), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Roorkee (Uttarakhand) and Ropar (Punjab).
  • School of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) are a group of architecture and planning schools established by Ministry of HRD, Government of India. All the SPAs are premier centrally funded institution.
  • National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are a group of engineering, science, technology and management schools which were established as “Regional Engineering Colleges” and upgraded in 2003 to national status and central funding. The latest act governing NITs is the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007 which declared them Institutes of National Importance. It lists twenty NITs. In 2010 the government announced plans for ten more.
  • Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are a group of business schools created by the Government of India. IIMs are registered Societies governed by their respective Board of Governors. The Department of Higher Education lists 13 IIMs.
  • Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) are a group of five institutes established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, devoted to science education and research in basic sciences. They are broadly set on the lines of the Indian Institute of Science.
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are a group of autonomous public medical colleges of higher education. These are seven in numbers and are established by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with the aim of correcting regional imbalances in quality tertiary level healthcare in the country, and attaining self-sufficiency in graduate and postgraduate medical education.
  • National Law Universities (NLU) are universities established for promotion of legal research and legal profession in India. There are around 15 National Law Universities in India which are autonomous in nature. The prominent among them are National Law School of India University, NALSAR University of Law and W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences.
  • Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), situated at Thiruvananthapuram functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Space. The institute is the first of its kind in the country, to offer high quality education at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post doctoral levels on areas with special focus to space sciences, space technology and space applications.

Of specific interest are Institutes of National Importance (INIs). INIs are institutions which are set by an act of parliament. They receive special recognition and funding.

1All India Institute of Medical Sciences, BhubaneswarOrissaBhubaneswarAIIMS 2012Medical
2All India Institute of Medical Sciences, DelhiDelhiDelhiAIIMS1956Medical
3All India Institute of Medical Sciences, PatnaBiharPatnaAIIMS2012Medical
4All India Institute of Medical Sciences, RaipurChhattisgarhRaipurAIIMS2012Medical
5All India Institute of Medical Sciences, BhopalMadhya PradeshBhopalAIIMS2012Medical
6All India Institute of Medical Sciences, JodhpurRajasthanJodhpurAIIMS2012Medical
7All India Institute of Medical Sciences, RishikeshUttarakhandRishikeshAIIMS2012Medical
8Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, ShibpurWest BengalHowrahIIEST1856Engineering
9Indian Institute of Information Technology, AllahabadUttar PradeshAllahabadIIIT 1999Information Technology
10Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, JabalpurMadhya PradeshJabalpurIIIT 2005Information Technology
11Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, GwaliorMadhya PradeshGwaliorIIIT 2005Information Technology
12Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing KancheepuramTamil NaduChennaiIIIT 2007Information Technology
13Indian Institute of Information Technology, KurnoolAndhra PradeshKurnoolIIIT2015Information Technology
14Indian Institute of Management, AhmedabadGujaratAhmedabadIIM1961Management
15Indian Institute of Management CalcuttaWest BengalJokaIIM1961Management
16Indian Institute of Management BangaloreKarnatakaBangaloreIIM1973Management
17Indian Institute of Management LucknowUttar PradeshLucknowIIM1984Management
18Indian Institute of Management KozhikodeKeralaKozhikodeIIM1996Management
19Indian Institute of Management IndoreMadhya PradeshIndoreIIM1998Management
20Indian Institute of Management ShillongMeghalayaShillongIIM2007Management
21Indian Institute of Management RaipurChhattisgarhRaipurIIM2010Management
22Indian Institute of Management RohtakHaryanaRohtakIIM2010Management
23Indian Institute of Management RanchiJharkhandRanchiIIM2010Management
24Indian Institute of Management UdaipurRajasthanUdaipurIIM2011Management
25Indian Institute of Management TiruchirappalliTamil NaduTiruchirappalliIIM2011Management
26Indian Institute of Management KashipurUttarakhandKashipurIIM2011Management
27Indian Institute of Management VisakhapatnamAndhra PradeshVisakhapatnamIIM2015Management
28Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, PuneMaharashtraPuneIISER2006Science
29Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, KolkataWest BengalKalyaniIISER2006Science
30Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, MohaliPunjabMohaliIISER2007Science
31Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, ThiruvananthapuramKeralaThiruvananthapuramIISER2008Science
32Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, BhopalMadhya PradeshBhopalIISER2008Science
33Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, TirupatiAndhra PradeshTirupatiIISER2015Science
34Indian Institute of Space Science and TechnologyKeralaThiruvananthapuramIIST2007Space Science and Technology
35Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) VaranasiUttar PradeshVaranasiIIT 1919Technology
36Indian Institute of Technology, PatnaBiharPatnaIIT 2008Technology
37Indian Institute of Technology GandhinagarGujaratChandkhedaIIT 2008Technology
38Indian Institute of Technology BhubaneswarOrissaBhubaneswarIIT 2008Technology
39Indian Institute of Technology RoparPunjabRoparIIT 2008Technology
40Indian Institute of Technology RajasthanRajasthanJodhpurIIT 2008Technology
41Indian Institute of Technology HyderabadTelanganaHyderabadIIT 2008Technology
42Indian Institute of Technology MandiHimachal PradeshMandiIIT 2009Technology
43Indian Institute of Technology IndoreMadhya PradeshIndoreIIT 2009Technology
44Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeUttarakhandRoorkeeIIT1847Technology
45Indian Institute of Technology KharagpurWest BengalKharagpurIIT1951Technology
46Indian Institute of Technology BombayMaharashtraMumbaiIIT1958Technology
47Indian Institute of Technology MadrasTamil NaduChennaiIIT1959Technology
48Indian Institute of Technology KanpurUttar PradeshKanpurIIT1959Technology
49Indian Institute of Technology, DelhiDelhiDelhiIIT1961Technology
50Indian Institute of Technology, GuwahatiAssamGuwahatiIIT1994Technology
51Indian Institute of Technology TirupatiAndhra PradeshTirupatiIIT2015Technology
52Indian Institute of Technology PalakkadKeralaPalakkadIIT2015Technology
53Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum TechnologyUttar PradeshRae BareliINI2007Petroleum Technology
54Indian Statistical InstituteWest BengalKolkataISI1931Statistics
55National Institute of Design, AhmedabadGujaratAhmedabadNID1961Design
56National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, MohaliPunjabMohaliNIPER1998Pharmaceutical
57National Institute of Technology, PatnaBiharPatnaNIT1924Technology
58National Institute of Technology, RaipurChhattisgarhRaipurNIT1956Technology
59National Institute of Technology, WarangalTelanganaWarangalNIT1959Technology
60National Institute of Technology, SrinagarJammu and KashmirSrinagarNIT1960Technology
61National Institute of Technology, JamshedpurJharkhandJamshedpurNIT1960Technology
62National Institute of Technology, KarnatakaKarnatakaSurathkalNIT1960Technology
63Maulana Azad National Institute of TechnologyMadhya PradeshBhopalNIT1960Technology
64Visvesvaraya National Institute of TechnologyMaharashtraNagpurNIT1960Technology
65National Institute of Technology, DurgapurWest BengalDurgapurNIT1960Technology
66Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of TechnologyGujaratSuratNIT1961Technology
67National Institute of Technology CalicutKeralaKozhikodeNIT1961Technology
68National Institute of Technology RourkelaOrissaRourkelaNIT1961Technology
69Motilal Nehru National Institute of TechnologyUttar PradeshAllahabadNIT1961Technology
70National Institute of Technology KurukshetraHaryanaKurukshetraNIT1963Technology
71Malaviya National Institute of Technology JaipurRajasthanJaipurNIT1963Technology
72National Institute of Technology, TiruchirappalliTamil NaduTiruchirapalliNIT1964Technology
73National Institute of Technology, SilcharAssamSilcharNIT1967Technology
74National Institute of Technology, HamirpurHimachal PradeshHamirpurNIT1986Technology
75Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of TechnologyPunjabJalandharNIT1987Technology
76National Institute of Technology, AgartalaTripuraAgartalaNIT2006Technology
77National Institute of Technology UttarakhandUttarakhandPauriNIT2009Technology
78National Institute of Technology, Arunachal PradeshArunachal PradeshYupiaNIT2010Technology
79National Institute of Technology, ManipurManipurImphalNIT2010Technology
80National Institute of Technology MeghalayaMeghalayaShillongNIT2010Technology
81National Institute of Technology, Andhra PradeshAndhra PradeshEluruNIT2015Technology
82National Law School of India UniversityKarnatakaBangaloreNLU1987Law
83National Law Institute UniversityMadhya PradeshBhopalNLU1997Law
84NALSAR University of LawTelanganaHyderabadNLU1998Law
85West Bengal National University of Juridical SciencesWest BengalKolkataNLU1999Law
86National Law University, JodhpurRajasthanJodhpurNLU2001Law
87Hidayatullah National Law UniversityChhattisgarhRaipurNLU2003Law
88Gujarat National Law UniversityGujaratGandhinagarNLU2004Law
89National University of Advanced Legal StudiesKeralaCochinNLU2005Law
90Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law UniversityUttar PradeshLucknowNLU2005Law
91Chanakya National Law UniversityBiharPatnaNLU2006Law
92Rajiv Gandhi National University of LawPunjabPatialaNLU2006Law
93Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law UniversityAndhra PradeshVisakhapatnamNLU2008Law
94National Law University, DelhiDelhiDelhiNLU2008Law
95National Law University OdishaOrissaCuttackNLU2009Law
96National Law University and Judicial Academy, AssamAssamGuwahatiNLU2010Law
97National University of Study and Research in LawJharkhandRanchiNLU2010Law
98Tamil Nadu National Law SchoolTamil NaduTiruchirapalliNLU2013Law
99School of Planning and Architecture, DelhiDelhiDelhiSPA1941Architecture, Planning
100School of Planning and Architecture, VijayawadaAndhra PradeshVijayawadaSPA2008Architecture, Planning
101School of Planning and Architecture, BhopalMadhya PradeshBhopalSPA2008Architecture, Planning

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