10 Interesting Facts About Education in India

Ever wondered how many graduates Indian universities produce in a year? How Indian education system fares in world education arena. Which premier institute marks its presence in world ranking? Did you know that the title of world's largest university by student enrollment is held by an Indian University?

Just read on to learn 10 such interesting facts that might surprise you.

1. Higher Education System across World

Did u know that India's higher education system is the third largest in the world, next to the United States and China? Now that is something to be proud about.

2. The Oldest University in India

The University of Calcutta, established in 1857, is one of the three oldest modern state universities in India, the others being the University of Madras and the University of Mumbai.

3. The Growing Craze of International Schools

In November 2015 - The number of English-medium international schools around the world has reached 8,000. The UAE leads the world with 511 international schools. Pakistan has 439, India has 411, Saudi Arabia has 245, Japan has 233, and Spain has 203 International schools.

4. UGC, The Power center of Indian Universities

In 50 years, only 44 private institutions were granted deemed university status by the University Grants Commission. In the last 5 years, it has granted that status to 49 more.

5. 700 Universities and 20 Million Students

Yes, Thats the number. India has 700 universities with more than 35,000 affiliated colleges enrolling more than 20 million students, More than 85% of students are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs with majority enrolling in three-year B.A., B.Com. or B.Sc. degrees while only one-sixth of all Indian students are enrolled in Engineering/Technology degrees.

6. Which Indian State has the most universities?

The state with the most universities is Rajasthan with 71 universities. Tamil Nadu is the state with the most deemed universities, numbering 28. Gujarat has the most state universities, 26.

7. The First Engineering college in India

The first engineering college was established in the Uttar Pradesh in 1847 for the training of Civil Engineers at Roorkee, Thomason College (which later become IIT Roorkee) which made use of the large workshops and public buildings there that were erected for the Upper Ganges Canal.

8. World Ranking of Indian universities?

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore broke India’s poor ranking spell by making a debut in the world’s top 100 universities for engineering and technology. IISc made its entry at 99th spot in a list that remains dominated by US institutions with Stanford, CalTech and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the top three positions in the 2015-2016 ‘Times Higher Education (THE) Ranking for Engineering & Technology’

*Edit:  IISc rank slided to group 251-300 as per 2018 world ranking of universities.There is no indian university ranks in top 200 world ranking.

9. The prestigious title of "Institutions of National Importance"

Ministry of Human resources grants prestigious status of " Institutions of National Importance", currently 74 institutes fall into this category. Major category includes:-

+Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)

+National Institutes of Technology (NITs)

+All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

+Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT)

Wondering why IIMs are missing from the list?

Well, IIMs award Post Graduate Diploma and technically are not even universities. IIMs are actually the group of autonomous institues directly under Minstry of HRD.

10. World's Largest University by Student Enrollment

Indira Gandhi National Open University, at Delhi holds the title of World's Largest University by student enrollment. In 2015-2016 there were approx 4,000,000+ students enrolled. IGNOU,  Popularily known as The People's University, offers degree and diploma for virtually any copurse that you can think of in India. It offers enrollment from on campus as well as through distance learning. Founded in 1985, IGNOU has 21 schools and a network of 67 regional centres, 2667 study centres, and 29 overseas centres across 15 countries.


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