With a severe shortage of institutions of higher learning in the country, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has proposed to establish eight new IITs, seven IIMs and thirty central Universities. While the promised schools will take some time to be established and be fully functioning, does it make sense for students to apply to deemed universities in the meanwhile? As of now, deemed universities of India are the second choice for most students.
Since the term 'deemed' seems to imply that it is not a full-fledged university, there are ill- conceived notions about the status of deemed universities. But they are actually as empowered as any other university. Deemed universities don't get priority treatment from the government either. Despite the heavy personal investment and commitment by social entrepreneurs in deemed universities, their views on higher education aren't considered by the government, and they are ignored in policy making,
The admission criteria and selection procedure at the universities is as stringent as it is in the top universities in India. They have also given more than a ray of hope to students who haven't been able to make it to central and state universities. Students now have a much wider choice. They can pick and choose from the best. Ultimately, it's the infrastructure and quality of the faculty that matters when it comes to picking the right place to study in.
Before you actually decide to apply to a university, do keep a few things in mind. Some universities get the university recognition just on the basis of contacts in the Education Ministry. So do perform a quick check on the number of years the university has been around and its faculty to student ratio - which should ideally be 1: 15.
Another foolproof method to check if a university has a good industry standing is to check where its alumni have been placed. If the university claims to be research- oriented, do take the time out to check whether its faculty members have written papers in international journals. So if your inquiries shows up that the university believes in quality education and it can indeed open the doors to a great career, do consider studying there.
List of Top Deemed Universities in India
- Indian Agricultural Research Institute
- Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
- Indian Law Institute
- National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House
- National University of Educational Planning & Administration
- Maharishi Markandeshwar University
- International Institute of Information Technology
- National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences
- Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology
- Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM)
- Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning