Editorial Team

The purpose of a university is more than just preparing students for employment. Indeed, a university is a place where the youth are equipped to meet the challenges of life, out of which a livelihood is one. Believed to have a functioning system of higher education as early as 1000 B.C., the Indian Higher Education system is the third-largest in the world, housing a total number of 907 universities, after the United States and China. However, in the QS World University Rankings of 2019, only seven Indian universities were ranked in the top 400 universities; Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru along with six Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

In order to empower the Higher Educational Institutions and to help them become world-class teaching and research institutions, Government of India launched Institute of Eminence scheme in 2016. Under this project, every institute which has been accorded the status of Institute of Eminence will enjoy benefits which include additional funding, autonomy in recruitment, assessment patterns and so on. However, considering India’s demographic edge and a young talent pool that is reckoned to be the largest in the world by 2030, supporting a handful of institutions may not be the best strategy available. In fact, India’s numerous private universities have produced the best talents in the world and will continue to play a critical role in driving the talent competitiveness of the nation, as it is expected to account for approximately 20 percent of the total talent pool.

With that in mind, we at the Higher Education Digest present to you the “10 Must-Watch Universities of the Year 2019.” These hand-picked private/deemed-to-be-universities have been successful in bringing efficiency in the current education system to support our growing economy, to be recognized and commended by all. We sincerely hope that our efforts to feature the premier universities imparting the best facilities for research, innovation, placements, and entrepreneurship will help students and faculty members from all over the country in their educational journey.   

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