It has been correctly said that education is something that begins in the cradle and ends in the deathbed. While no one can deny this fact, the other side of the story is that in order to gain respect in the materialistic world that we live in, one needs to flaunt their degrees and diplomas. Broadly any degree may be classified as being an undergraduate (UG) or postgraduate (PG) degree.
In the Indian context, amongst the wide array of professional courses that are on offer, the ones on medical and engineering are most favored by the typical middle-class parents. Other than this, in any field of study there are specialised courses like that of MPhil and PhD.
Typically, you will see a number of magazines and websites coming up with a ranking for each of these individual disciplines. For the first time we have brought forward a cumulative list wherein the colleges offering courses in all the aforementioned fields are judged based on one universal parameter, after taking into consideration a number of factors like placement, faculty, fee structure, hostels, infrastructure, library and other facilities. Based on all of that, in this article the top 25 colleges have been listed below in order of their performance.
1. Indian Institute Of Science, Bangalore
This institute is a centre of excellence in terms of research activities. Some of the brightest minds of the country in the field of science and research have graduated from this place. The fee structure here is pretty lenient and stands somewhere close to Rs 13,000 per year.
2. Indian Institute Of Technology, Madras
With a campus spanning over 617 acres of land, this IIT has one of the largest college campuses in the country. The fees here stands at about Rs 80,000 per year, which is lesser than that of most other IITs. This is the third oldest IIT in the country and has an average package of Rs 12.4 lakhs.
3. Indian Institute Of Technology, Bombay
This institute has over 101 courses to offer and the average fees for the same stands at somewhere close to Rs 1,07,500 per year. This IIT stands out from others as it offers an exceptional range of electives.
4. Indian Institute Of Technology, New Delhi
The fee structure here is Rs 1,17,500 per semester for undergraduate courses and Rs 62,500 per semester for MTech. The campus maintenance is Rs 15,000 per annum for everyone. This institute has a host of notable alumni to its credit and the hostel facilities here are also commendable.
The highest pay package for graduating students here was Rs 1.4 crores in the academic year 2016-17 with the average package being above Rs 10 lakhs.
5. Indian Institute Of Technology, Kharagpur
This is one of the oldest IITs and was established just after independence in the year 1951. This institution offers 112 courses and the annual average fees for all of them combined stands at somewhere close to Rs 70,000. The laboratory facilities that are provided by this institution are commendable and a scientific and research-oriented temperament is encouraged amongst the students.
6. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
The fee for an undergraduate degree in arts here stands at Rs 366 per year whereas that in the master's goes up to Rs 773. This restates the fact that JNU is one institution that has not given in to the commercialisation of education and even today this institution believes in education for all.
Entrance to this university is done through a national-level test that is held in the Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country in an endeavour to ensure transparency and make sure that only the creamiest layers of students make their way to this coveted institution.
7. Indian Institute Of Technology, Kanpur
The fee structure here is close to Rs 2 lakhs per year. Scholarships are given to deserving candidates from poor economic backgrounds who are not able to afford the same. The range of courses that are offered by this institution is higher than that of most other IITs. The placement scene here is equally commendable and graduates are often seen bagging jobs outside the country.
8. Indian Institute Of Technology, Roorkee
The average tuition fee here is approximately Rs 2 lakhs per annum. With an average package of Rs 11 lakhs and the highest package of Rs 1.4 crores, this institution is amongst the best in the country. A number of top-notch companies, like ONGC, Goldman Sachs, Samsung, American Express, Google and Oracle, visit the campus year after year in order to recruit its students.
9. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
This is the best majority-run institution in the country. The average fee here stands at somewhere close to Rs 65,000 per year. The hostel fee is pretty less (it is close to Rs 5000 per annum). The institute has a self-sufficient campus that is located a little away from the city of Varanasi.
Over the years the campus has retained its old-world charm while adapting itself to the latest that is happening in the world of technology. This has ensured that the institute produces global citizens who are deep rooted in their traditional Indian values.
10. Anna University, Chennai
Established in 1978, this institute has a modest average tuition fee of Rs 30,000 per year. The institution has a number of clubs, like the dance club, variety club, quiz club, etc., and students are encouraged to follow their passion and participate in a variety of co-curricular activities.
The college organizes fests and competitions to ensure participation of the students in the same. Rote learning is never the norm here and that is why students of this institution are seen to have a very good foundation and hence, do very well in the journey of life.
11. University Of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
This institute has a very modest fee structure of Rs 12,645 per year for all the courses that are offered by it. The diploma courses (postgraduate ones) that are offered in terms of distance education are all well known across the country.
With the new statehood of the state of Telengana, the placement scene at this reputed institution has turned for the better. Over 87% graduates get campus placements (this figure has been calculated after taking into consideration the cumulative data of the last 5 years).
12. Indian Institute Of Technology, Guwahati
The fee here stands at an average of Rs 2.05 lakhs for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. This is one of the few institutes that ensures that Northeast India makes its way to the education map of the country. A major chunk of the alumni of this institute land themselves with jobs in PSUs and other coveted organisations after cracking GATE and other competitive exams.
ONGC, NEEPCO, Power Grid and Indian Oil are firms where you will see a lot of graduates of this place. A number of private companies also visit the campus year after year in order to recruit students of this campus.
13. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
This institute is one of the cheapest in the country in terms of cost of education and one of the best with regard to quality of the same. The average fee structure here is close to Rs 2500 per year. The institute has some well-experienced faculty members to its credit and an excellent placement record.
Companies like TCS, Oracle, CTS, Dr Reddy, Cipla and Aakash visit the campus of Jadavpur University every year in an effort to recruit outgoing students of this college to their firm.
14. University Of Delhi, New Delhi
What sets the University of Delhi apart from that of all others is the fact that this institution offers the maximum range of courses as compared to any other institution in the country. The courses range from UG and PPG to MPhil and PhD. The campus is also huge to comfortably accommodate all categories of students.
Other than the in campus courses, the institute is also well-reputed for its distance education programs. The average fees for all the courses stands at a mere Rs 7000 per year.
15. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore
This is one of the largest institutes of Coimbatore and offers its students 52 different courses to choose from. The hostel facilities of this institute are particularly well known. The fee structure here is a little on the higher side and stands close to Rs 2.5 lakhs per year. However, the quality of education provided here makes it worth all that money and it is assured that by graduating out of a place like this you will be ready to take on any challenge that is thrown at you by life itself.
16. Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
This university offers 343 courses in 7 different disciplines of study and makes its way as one of the best centres of learning in central India. The average package of people passing out of this place is Rs 6.5 lakhs; whereas, the highest package goes all the way up to Rs 14.8 lakhs.
Many students of this place are also seen landing jobs outside the country. The average fee structure (taking into consideration all the 343 courses) stands close to Rs 39,400 per year.
17. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
This is one of the finest minority-run institutions in the country. The placement scene here is pretty commendable with 70% of the students sitting for the job interviews bagging jobs. This is a government-aided institution and that is why the average fee structure here is as low as Rs 15,000 per year.
In Aligarh Muslim University, due stress is laid in the field of sports and that is why the sports teams of this college are seen to excel in regional and national-level competitions.
18. Manipal Academy Of Higher Education, Karnataka
Established in 1953, this is one of the best private institutes in the country. The fee structure here is slightly on the higher side and stands at an average value of Rs 2.97 lakhs per year. However, on the positive side, this institute gives a number of scholarships to deserving meritorious candidates in an effort to ensure that the lack of money does not turn out to be a hurdle in one's path to success.
19. Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
This institute focuses on imparting high-quality moral values to its students in addition to the normal pursuit of conventional education. That is how creativity is encouraged in the streams of humanities and arts and a very practical approach is adapted here while studying science. The average fee structure here is about Rs 32,232. The institution focuses on a holistic approach to education and due stress is laid on spirituality as well.
20. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
The fee structure of this institution is pretty nominal and stands at an average value that is close to Rs 20,000 per year. The student to teacher ratio here is commendable and stands at a value that is close to 1:20 on an overall scale.
The institution has 33 departments of study that have been grouped to 13 different schools. It is ensured that despite the large volume of courses that are on offer, the quality of education in this place remains unhindered.
21. Calcutta University, Kolkata
This is one of the few Indian universities that have retained its grace and class right since the pre-independence era. The institution was established way back in 1857. As of the academic year 2017-18, the average fee structure in this institution stands at a mere value of Rs 3433 per year. The institute has a very well-equipped library to its credit as well.
22. Indian Institute Of Technology, Hyderabad
This was one of the new IITs that were established in 2008. The sheer high quality of education that is emphasised upon here is what has made this IIT stand out from that of all other new IITs; it is also why it has made its way to the list of top 25 centres of learning in the country. The fee structure here is less than that of other IITs and stands at a value that is close to Rs 22,800 per year.
23. King George’s Medical University, Lucknow
The fee structure here is somewhere close to Rs 46,800 per year. For students pursuing the MBBS course, the institute offers the opportunity to indulge in extra courses after class hours, which enables them to prepare for their postgraduate entrance tests. This is one of the main reasons why students of this institution are seen to crack PG - NEET with relative ease.
24. Vellore Institute Of Technology, Vellore
This is one of the largest private institutions in the country and has a very cosmopolitan outlook. It is able to attract students from different walks of life and a number of students from different countries come to study here. The fee structure here is relatively high with its average value being somewhere close to Rs 3 lakhs. However, on the plus side, this institute has a very good placement percentage and most people who study in this place get good jobs before they leave the campus premises.
25. Indian Institute Of Science Education And Research, Kolkata
The laboratory facilities that are provided in this institution are amongst the best in the country. It has the state of the art technology and exposure to the latest that is happening in the world of science and technology. In comparison to the facilities that are offered, the fee structure here is very meagre and stands at a value of Rs 59,000 per year.