Universities in India have returned to pre-COVID conditions now. Though a section of the academic community had predicted the mass extinction of colleges and universities, we saw physical classrooms gaining 100% attendance, especially in disciplines such as engineering, art, music, and the physical sciences, which needed to have contact with the tools of their craft. On the other hand, universities abroad have put their attention back on getting international students on campus, making the global higher education market competitive again.
Though a little late, Indian universities have realized the importance of showing their A-game to make their presence felt in the international higher education landscape. This year’s QS Asia University Rankings listed 117 Indian Universities with 10 new entrants. While getting into the list of top 100 global universities remains a challenge for most universities in India, the willingness to participate in international rankings is a positive sign. Three Indian institutes that made it to the top 200 list of the QS World University Rankings 2022 were the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) (Rank 117), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) (Rank 185), and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) (Rank 186).
At present, India has 1026 universities. Among them, just over 400 universities are in the private sector. In this issue, we feature ’10 Must Watch Universities in India – 2022’ that innovate on many dimensions, find ways to freeze or lower costs and dedicate themselves to being a student- and employer-centric. We hope our efforts will help students across the country to make informed decisions on their high education journey.