When we think of higher education in India institutes like the IITs, the IIMs and AIIMS come to mind, but over the years a handful of private colleges have also made a name for themselves. Some of them have developed into Global Brands with great international tie-ups and placements. Some of their Alumni today hold prestigious positions in MNCs, others are entrepreneurs who’ve created and marketed some of the most innovative technologies and business ideas this country has ever seen.
Following is a list of the best private institutions in India:
10 – Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai :
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS University) is a private university located in Mumbai. Established in 1981 by the parent body Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal it aims to strengthen the corporate foundation by imparting training in the latest techniques and know-how. It has been awarded “Five Star” rating and “A” grade by the NAAC and UGC respectively. The institute was granted “Deemed University” status by the UGC in 2003.
The School of Business Management is one of India’s premier B-Schools and has tie-ups with other reputed international Business Colleges such as Harvard Business School which enables it to share course material with them. Management Development Programs (MDPs) form an integral part of the University’s activities towards developing its interaction with the corporate world.
Notable alumni include : Kavita Hurry (MD & CEO, ING Vysaya Mutual Funds), Kaku Nakhate (Chief, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, India) and Rakesh Khanna (President, Syntel Inc.)
9 – Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT) , Gandhinagar
Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), is a technological university located in Gandhinagar. It is named after the Gujarati entrepreneur and Reliance group founder Dhirubhai Ambani. It is the first institute in India to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Information and Communication Technology.
DA-IICT has a modern, networked campus with optical fiber cable connectivity between buildings. It also has awesome IT infrastructure, computing and communication resources, electronic access controls and a payment system through smart cards. The environment of the Institute is a cluster of minimalistic structures in the midst of the trees, shrubs and well-laid out lawns bestowing a serene ambience to the campus.
Extracurricular activities include solving rural and urban problems, organisation of national level events and workshops, social service, stage and street plays, hosting cultural events organised by SPICMACAY and the like. The college also celebrates an annual festival, Synapse. Synapse creates a platform for technologists to harmonize with media and design, in cultural contexts which makes it an invitation for artists and designers to experiment with technology. With systematic and generous support from the corporate community and overwhelming participation of students from all over India, Synapse is definitely one of the coolest fests to look out for during the academic year.
8 – Loyola College, Chennai
Rated as one of India’s most prestigious institutions for degree programs in commerce, arts, natural and social sciences, and has been consistently ranked among the top five in India for these programs.
Set on a 99-acre campus in the heart of the Chennai, its tree-lined pathways, imposing academic buildings and a steepled Gothic church (dating back to the 1930s) makes it a landmark in the southern metropolis. The UGC in 2006, conferred a “College with Potential For Excellence” status and granted 10 million rupees for continual improvement of facilities.
Loyola College has a rich cultural history. Being one among the first few colleges in South-India to host Cultural Fests, Loyola boasts of being the only men’s college to explore and nurture talent among its own students. The historic Down Sterling, its annual inter-college carnival for college students was considered the biggest college fest in South India.
Its alumni include a former President (His Excellency Ramaswamy Venkatraman), politicians, diplomats and civil servants, entertainers (Mahesh Babu and Vikram), eminent Sportsmen (Vishwanathan Anand and Vijay Amritraj), Olympic Medalists, writers and journalists(P. Sainath).
7 – Pearl Academy of Fashion :
Pearl Academy established in 1993 is one of India’s finest fashion and design institute boasting faculty members drawn from Indian and international institutes and industry, supplemented by visiting professionals and other leaders of the fashion, garment, retail and media industry.
The academy has over 1600 students on its rolls. In addition to the full-time faculty, a large number of guest faculty are also actively involved in teaching and serving on juries. The academy was initially promoted by House of Pearl Fashions Ltd., which is an Indian export house. Starting with a campus in New Delhi, the academy now has now expanded to centers in Jaipur, Chennai and Noida.
Each year, the students of fashion design showcase their final collections at a public ramp event called “Portfolio”. It receives huge media coverage and is attended by big-wigs of Fashion and media industry who are on the lookout of budding talent.
Fabric Folio is a Tex-Styles Fair organized annually by the International Trade Promotion Organisation of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to showcase Indian textiles. The fair is attended by 3000 buyers from all over the world. The Academy sets up a pavilion – “Fabric Folio” to showcase the samples of innovative fabrics collected from all over India by its textile design students.
Pearl Academy has been consistently ranked among the top 5 fashion and design institutes displacing a few NIFT’s along the way. In 2008, Mint, placed Pearl Academy above four of the National Institute of fashion Technology centers. In 2007, the Outlook conducted a survey to rank the top 10 fashion technology institutes in India and concluded that Pearl Academy is the top private institute in fashion technology. Needless to say if you aspire to be the next Ritu Beri or Rohit Bal this is one of the places you ought to give some serious thought to.
6 – St. John’s Medical College :
St. John’s Medical College is one of India’s premier medical institutions. It is part of the St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences run by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. It was established in 1963 and is situated in Bangalore, India. The college only accepts 60 students for its prestigious MBBS undergraduate course based on a national entrance exam. It also accepts only over 30 postgraduate students to a number of medical specialities.
In the 60s the Catholic Church in India felt the need of adding a Medical College to the many educational and social welfare institutions through which, it had served the country. In fact Pope John XXIII agreed to the college being called after his Patron, St. John the Baptist, as a mark of his personal interest in the project, and of his approval of its aims and ideals. The college was, accordingly, named “St. John’s Medical College and opened in temporary premises at Bangalore in 1963.
The mission orientation of the institution is to train healthcare professionals, to serve in the medically impoverished areas of the country. Medical students execute a bond to serve in such areas for two years after their graduation. About 25% of them are permanently working in remote areas, and are committed to addressing the desperate health needs of these remote rural populations.
The high quality of academic and research work undertaken by the qualified and dedicated teaching staff of the college has attracted grants from different parts of the world. Currently 367 teaching staff work in the Preclinical, Paraclinical, Clinical and Super-specialty departments of the college and hospital.
As you would expect – Alumni and faculty of the institution hold eminent positions in various fields associated with medicine and health care, nationally and internationally.
5 – MDI, Gurgaon :
Management Development Institute (MDI) is one of the Top 10 business schools in India. It was established in 1973 and is located in Gurgaon, a commercial hub, part of the NCR (National Capital Region).
MDI has a pretty campus teeming with red brick buildings and dotted with trees. Moreover, MDI boasts of air-conditioned class rooms, library and computer centre, fully furnished residences for participants, executive suites and facilities like golf course
PGPM is the flagship program of MDI and is one of the most coveted program ranking among the top B-Schools in India. The PGPM has a strong student exchange program through which students spend one term at a leading global business school. The program promotes a greater understanding of different managerial issues and international challenges thereby enhancing the competency of students to work in an increasingly inter-dependent world.
Illumina is the annual disguised market research event at MDI. Research projects are undertaken on behalf the corporate world and is incorporated in a traditional Diwali Mela for local visitors. Illumina attracts a footfall in excess of 8000, thereby providing companies with a huge population base to select a relevant sample for their research problems.
The icing on the cake however is Unnati which is MDI’s in-house mutual fund. It is India’s first ever student-run mutual fund which gives students the experience of managing an investment portfolio.
Notable Alumni include : Vikas Bajaj (Joint MD, Bajaj Motors), Rahul Choudhary (vice-president, Axis Bank), Rohit Mittal (Financial Analyst, The World Bank), Yatin Pahwa (Head of strategy, Nokia) , Saurabh Ray (Head – Online Sales and Operations, Google) and Vivek Raina (Director – Asia Pacific, Oracle).
4 – Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
KMC Manipal ranks among the top 10 medical colleges in India today. Students from over 44 countries have graduated from KMC, and its medical degree (MBBS) is recognized worldwide, including by the General Medical Council and ECFMG.
Established by Dr T.M.A. Pai in 1953, KMC was the first private sector medical college in India. The college started with only the pre-clinical section at Manipal and the students had to go to Mangalore for their clinical training. When the clinical program commenced at Manipal in 1969 with the setting up of Kasturba Hospital, it became a full-fledged independent college and Mangalore became a separate constituent college called Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
It also houses a Medical Simulation Centre which provides learning by close to realistic clinical experiences. As theoretical knowledge is immediately supplemented by practice, the learning experience is more likely to be complete. The college believes that repeated management of simulated real-life scenarios will also improve the confidence level of the students when they are called upon to manage real patients later in their career. Students of all constituent colleges under the Manipal University including Medical, Dental, Nursing and Allied Health colleges are trained at this centre.
The college is also located at a convenient distance away from the beaches of the Arabian Sea where the students often head out on a holiday.
3 – IIIT, Hyderabad :
Established in 1998, it has now emerged as one of the most prestigious institutes of the country. It emphasizes research from the undergraduate level itself, which makes it different from the other leading engineering institutes in India like the IITs. It has been a consistent performer from India in ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) and finished at #18 last year in the world finals held at Warsaw, Poland. Raj Reddy, the only Indian to win the Turing Award, is the chairman of the board of governors and His Excellency Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is a part of the adjunct faculty.
IIIT-H has research centers and labs, instead of the conventional departments, to facilitate inter-disciplinary research and the flow of knowledge within the institute. It is the only such institute of higher learning to follow such a model in India. Faculty assigned to the centers and labs conduct research, as well as academic programs, which are owned by the institute, and not by individual research centers.
In addition to B.Tech and M.Tech degrees IIIT also offers inter-disciplinary courses such as computational Linguistics and Natural Sciences along with Computer Science.
The PC to students ratio is about 1:2. All computers are part of an intranet (1 Gbit/s Backbone). The institute has high bandwidth (100 Mbit/s) Internet connectivity round the clock and is a part of the NKN (National Knowledge Network). All notices and information are sent over the campus e-mail. From couriers to mess registration everything is notified via specific portals (created and managed by the students themselves). IIIT also maintains its own proxy server.
Each year the institute holds its annual cultural and technical festival Felicity, in February. Felicity is one of the most eagerly awaited college festivals in Hyderabad attracting students from all major engineering and degree colleges across the country. IIIT also hosts Robocamp which is a national level robotics workshop conducted by IIIT-H Robotics Club (IRC) every year during summer vacations.
IIIT has consistently been ranked among the top 10 engineering colleges of India in surveys conducted by Dataquest, Deccan Chronicle and the Outlook Group.
2 – ISB, Hyderabad:
ISB started its first Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in 2001 with a batch of 128 students. The institution has academic associations with Kellogg School of Management, Wharton School and The London School of Business. In the last few years ISB has become a leader among the institutes offering one year programs. These programs primarily cater to work experienced candidates looking for a career in management (i.e. you need to have a minimum work experience of two years before becoming eligible for the PGP program.)
The 1 year Post graduate Program although not approved by AICTE (All India Council for technical Education) was ranked #34 in the world by the 2013 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking and was among the two Indian Institutions in the top hundred (the other being IIM-Ahmedabad ranked #26).
ISB has recently initiated Propero, which seeks to connect entrepreneurs with venture capitalists, angel investors and bankers. The objective of this initiative is to help entrepreneurs across India to raise equity or debt financing and provide investors with access to scalable business plans from various sectors. The shortlisted ventures are also mentored by ISB before being presented.
ISB also hosts Mercado which explores the world of retail today, especially in the context of management and business issues. The conclave brings together the best minds at the leading-edge of industry, policy and academia to engage in interactive discussions on the potential of retail in India. It also involves a fashion show to showcase the merchandise of prominent brands.
The institute does not compromise on facilities and boasts of a vast campus sprawling 260 acres near Hyderabad’s IT hub, a sporting complex, restaurants (Subway, Dominos etc.) and fully furnished student villages (equipped with a cable connection, voice and data ports for telephone and LAN connection).
1 – BITS, Pilani
The institute was established in 1964 with a vision to realize the project of nation-building with an emphasis on “science, technology and modernization.” During this period, the institute’s transformation from a regional engineering college to a national university was backed by G.D. Birla who realized the fact that he needed better institutions to train highly skilled engineers for his own companies. He invited MIT to provide the blueprint for this institute and train all faculty members.
The institute administers the all-India computerized entrance test, BITSAT (BITS Admission Test), which is the first of its kind in India, and is now among the most competitive of all national engineering entrance exams in the country. In 2012, an average of 68 students competed for a seat in this premier institute.
BITS Pilani also hosts the second biggest cultural fest of INDIA, Oasis which is organized in October and draws more than 1500 external participants from all over the country.
BITS Pilani also encourages the spirit of entrepreneurship among its students. It boasts of a very active Entrepreneurship cell called CEL (Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership). CEL organizes a start-up challenge and entrepreneurship conclave that brings together India’s most promising early stage start-ups called Conquest. It also connects them to angel investors willing to make huge investments.
Some Notable Alumni include: Sanjay Mehrotra(President & Cofounder of SanDisk), Prithviraj Chavan (Chief Minister of Maharashtra), Manu Sawhney (CEO of ESPN Star Sports and Director of Manchester United F.C.), Sabeer Bhatia (Founder of Hotmail), Phanindra Sama (Co-Founder of Redbus.in), Mani Shankar ( Renowned Film Director) and Deendayal Upadhyaya ( Founder of BJP).