The British rule in India was one that had completely destroyed our original education system. In ancient India, universities like Nalanda and Kashi were centres of excellence. Following independence, the Indian government decided to revive all of that. What started with the initial setting up of IITs and NITs soon led the country to produce the greatest number of engineering graduates in a global scene.
With private colleges and universities mushrooming along the lengths and breaths of the nation, a need was felt for proper accreditation of the same. That was when the Universities Grants Commission (UGC) was established. The UGC declares an institution of higher learning to be a deemed university if and only if it feels that the said college is working academically and setting very high standards in a specific area of study.
As is evident, this status cannot be given to an institution that is already a university. Although all the deemed universities are centres of excellence in themselves, there are some deemed universities which are better than the rest. Here is a list of the top 10 private/deemed universities of the country.
1. Indian Institute Of Science, Bangalore
With a line of illustrious alumni to its credit, this institute ensures that the present students are capable enough to carry forward the legacy of the institution. This was the first institution in the country to be accorded the status of a deemed university and since then it has retained its stature. As of 2018, the fee structure for a three-year Bachelor of Science program is a mere Rs 78,800.
2. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
JNU believes in making its students opt for a holistic approach to learning. This is achieved by fostering moral values in the students along with developing of a scientific temperament. The fee structure for a three-year bachelor's degree program is Rs 1097. Despite all this, the placement scene in this college is also commendable.
3. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
In a country that is well known for its minority institutions, this college has stood every test of time to emerge as an institution that is run by the majority and still be one of the best institutes in the country.
What sets this college apart is the fact that it offers a specialisation in a number of fields, from performing arts and pottery to science and technology.
The fee structure in this college is pretty reasonable with that of basic sciences standing at Rs 4,467 for the entire course while that of performing arts at Rs. 86,886.
4. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre For Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
Established in 1989, it will be fair to say that this institute of excellence is amongst the youngest to make it to the list of highly coveted private/deemed universities. This university has the latest in terms of scientific equipment and machinery; this factor gives it an commendable edge.
This ensures that the students are able to perform research at par to that of their global counterparts. The exceptional research facilities, coupled with proper guidance on the part of the teachers, has ensured that the college remains at the top. A master's degree in this institution would cost Rs 14,250.
5. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
The best feature of Jadavpur University is that it offers the best to its students in terms of placements. Every year, on an average, over 100 companies visit the campus to employ students from across the varied disciplines of this deemed university.
This ensures that most of the students who graduate from this institution land themselves with jobs even before they complete their course. A BTech course in Jadavpur would cost one a mere Rs 10,000.
6. Anna University, Chennai
The notable feature of this institution is the fact that it is the first university of the country to start with a TV channel of its own. ANUSAT is a microsatellite that has been built by the students of the institution and this is what made the launching of the TV channel a feasible endeavour.
Launched in 2009, this satellite took the institution to newer heights of glory and achievement. The development cost for the same was borne by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
This is because the college always focuses on education for all and strives to make quality education affordable. The fee structure here is Rs 30,000.
7. University Of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
With 46 departments housing over 5000 students with the guidance of its 400 faculty members, this institution is well-reputed because of the number of options it gives its students. It offers as many as 150 programs at different levels ranging from short-term certification course to doctoral degrees.
Another advantage of this institution is its prime location in the hub of the information technology parks of the country. Compared to the benefits offered, it will be safe to say that the fee structure is pretty much justified.
8. University Of Delhi, New Delhi
One of the largest private universities, the University of Delhi started with a mere 3 colleges and 750 students way back in 1922. Today it has over 2 lakh students and 77 affiliated colleges to its credit.
The institution has grown not just in size but also in terms of calibre as well. Their illustrious lines of alumni include seven cabinet members and two Nobel laureates.
Slightly on the expensive side the fee structure of this institute varies from Rs 30,000 to 1,00,00 depending on the course chosen.
9. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore
One of the biggest strengths of this institution is the sense of curiosity that it instills in its students. This leads to a highly research-oriented environment, wherein students are encouraged to think beyond the ordinary and apply what they learn inside the classroom to the world beyond.
All of this has cumulated in over 120 patents being filed by the students of this institution and over 13 being granted the same as of now.
As this is a private institution, the fee structure here is a little on the higher side with the values being close to Rs 6 lakh on an average for a master's degree in business application.
10. Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
Popularly known as Oxford of the East, this institute has 307 research institutes that are recognised by it; it offers master's and doctoral degrees in 46 different departments.
With over 600 colleges affiliated to the deemed university, it is ensured that the same standard of education prevails everywhere. Unlike all other deemed universities this institute is particularly well known for offering good quality of education to the deprived sections of the society.
The fee structure of this institution varies from college to college with the average value being Rs 1 lakh for a master's program.