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Top 10 upcoming Indian universities to watch out for

Ipsita Sarkar | Updated on: 17 May 2016, 21:52 IST

It is that time of the year when everyone's scrambling to get into the best college/university across the country. Armed with marksheets and testimonials, the search for the coveted varsity has begun.

Of course, no mean task this considering the fact that at present, India has 45 Central Universities, 318 State Universities, 185 State Private universities and 129 Deemed-to-be-Universities.

While most of you may be aware of the existing prestigious universities and colleges, you should also keep an eye out for upcoming educational institutions.

We've put together a list of emerging universities, founded in the last eight years, which have the potential to break barriers and establish high standards of education.

Please note: This is an indicative list (not based on any rankings) and comprises 10 varsities established in or after 2009. The list also does not include educational institutes / colleges turned into universities, autonomous institutes and colleges.

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1. Ashoka University

Founded in: 2014

Location: Sonepat, Haryana

Touted to be India's answer to the Ivy Leagues, Ashoka University offers a world class faculty and has tied up with some top-notch varsities from across the globe. Their flagship course, one-year Young India Fellowship (YIF), is a multi-disciplinary postgraduate programme in Liberal arts education.

The varsity has been founded by top entrepreneurs and leaders of the country such as Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Vineet Gupta, Pramath Raj Sinha, Ashish Dhawan, Dilip Shanghvi, Deep Kalra, Amit Chandra, Jerry Rao and Ashish Gupta. The idea was to establish a university that offers multidisciplinary courses on par with global standards.

The university has the following schools:

  • School of Arts and Humanities

  • School of Economics

  • School of Social Sciences

  • School of Natural & Applied Sciences

The Centres of study:

  • Centre for Entrepreneurship

  • Centre for Individual and Group Experience (CIGE)

  • Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP)

  • Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality

  • Centre for Writing and Communication

  • Genpact Centre for Women's Leadership (GCWL)

  • Ashok Trivedi Centre for Political Data

Tuition Fees:The average course fee for a period of nine months is Rs 5,70,000 (only tuition fee).

Check out the official website of Ashoka University.

2. Shiv Nadar University

Founded in: 2011

Location: Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

An initiative of Shiv Nadar Foundation, this is another university which is touted to take on the Ivy leagues. The varsity offers multi-disciplinary programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.

The schools of study are:

  • School of Engineering

  • School of Natural Sciences

  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • School of Management and Entrepreneurship

  • School of Extended Education and Professional Development

The centres of study include:

  • Big Data Analytics Centre

  • Centre for Emerging Societies

  • Centre for Environmental Sciences & Engineering

  • Centre for Informatics

  • Centre for Public Affairs & Critical Theory

  • Institute for Innovations & Inventions with Mathematics and I.T. (IIIMIT)

Tuition Fees: Please check out the Shiv Nadar University website for details.

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3. South Asian University (SAU)

Founded in: 2010

Location: New Delhi

Another international university, SAU has been established by eight member nations of South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The university has the following faculties and departments:


  • Faculty of Mathematics & Computer Science (FMCS)

  • Faculty of Life Sciences & Biotechnology (FLSB)

  • Faculty of Economics (FE)

  • Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)

  • Faculty of Legal Studies (FLS)


  • Department of Computer Science

  • Department of Sociology

  • Department of International Relations

  • Department of Mathematics

Tuition Fees: Please check out SAU's official website for more details.

4. Nalanda University

Founded in: 2010

Location: Rajgir, Bihar

An ancient centre of higher learning in Bihar, India, in the 5th Century, Nalanda University reopened on 1 September, 2014. Continuing its illustrious tradition of internationalism, the university has been "envisaged as a centre of inter- civilisational dialogue". It has signed MoU with 17 countries to reinforce the varsity's international character at the 8th East Asia Summit.

The university has the following schools:

  • School Of Historical Studies

  • School of Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Religions School Of Historical Studies

  • School of Ecology & Environment studies

Each school has a Master's programme on offer.

Tuition fees: Rs 1.2 lakh ($ 2080) for four semesters (excluding Boarding and Lodging)

Check out the official website of Nalanda University.

5. Azim Premji University

Founded in: 2010

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka

Established by the Azim Premji Foundation as a non-profit centre, the university provides postgraduate courses in:

MA in Education

MA in Development

MA in Public Policy and Governance

LLM in Law and Development

It offers undergraduate courses in:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

  • Bachelor of Science (B.sc), with

Specialisations are offered in:

  • Physics or Biology

  • Economics

  • Humanities

Tution Fees: Rs 1,20,000 (per year) for UG courses

Click here to visit the Azim Premji University.

6. Himalayan University

Founded in: 2013

Location: Naharlagun, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh

Himalayan University has garnered quite a few awards in a span of just three years. The varisty is touted to be one of the upcoming universities from East India to watch out for in the next few years.

Himalayan University is offering various postgraudate and undergraduate courses in the following faculties:

  • Arts and Social Sciences

  • Engineering & Applied Sciences

  • Business & Management

  • Computing & Information Technology

  • Pharmacy & Para Medical Sciences

  • Science

  • Hospitality & Tourism Management

  • Law

  • Commerce

  • Education

  • Agriculture & Horticulture

  • Journalism & Mass Communication

  • Fine Arts & Design

Tuition Fees: Courses can cost anywhere between Rs 4,000 to Rs 75,000.

Please visit the website of Himalayan University for more details.

7. North East Frontier Technical University (NEFTU)

Founded in: 2014

Location: Aalo, Arunachal Pradesh

NEFTU is the first technical university in Arunachal Pradesh. The varsity commenced with its academic session in 2015, and is expected to be one of the leading skill-based varsities in the future.

It offers certificate, diploma, graduation, postgraduate and doctoral courses.

NEFTU has the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Engineering & Technology

  • Faculty of Arts

  • Faculty of Commerce & Management

  • Faculty of Science

  • Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

  • Faculty of Law

  • Faculty of Pharmacy

  • Faculty of Education

Tuition Fees: Please check the official website NEFTU for more details.

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8. O. P. Jindal Global University

Founded in: 2009

Location: Sonipat, Haryana

JGU offers various interdisciplinary courses with global curricula. Currently, JGU has five schools:

  1. Jindal Global Law School

  2. Jindal Global Business School

  3. Jindal School of International Affairs

  4. Jindal School of Government and Public Policy

  5. Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities

The varsity has the following institutes/centres:

  1. Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS)

  2. Jindal Institute for Global Studies Abroad (JIGSA)

  3. Jindal Institute of Leadership Development & Executive Education

  4. International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building

  5. Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Tuition Fees: Please visit the OP Jindal University website for more details.

9. BML Munjal University

Founded in: 2014

Location: Gurgaon, Haryana

The varsity offers various undergraduate and post-graduate courses in a range of fields. It has a tie-up with Imperial College London to mentor its students. BMU currently offers a few undergraduate and postgraduate courses, under three schools:

  • School of Engineering & Technology

  • School of Management

  • School of Commerce

Tuition Fees: Please visit BML Munjal University for more details.

10. Himachal Pradesh Technical University

Founded in: 2011

Location: Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh

Within a short span of four years, HPTU has quickly become a hub for technical education in North India. The varsity offers courses in technical education and training, research, innovation, public and private sector consultancy, entrepreneurship and continuing education programmes. It has several colleges/institutions affiliated to it.

Check out the institutes and tuition fees on the Himachal Pradesh Technical University.

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First published: 17 May 2016, 21:52 IST
Ipsita Sarkar @piercingharmony

Ipsita writes on education with focus on schools, higher education (engineering, B-Schools), HRD ministry, policies, and startup ecosphere. She's previously worked with Hindustan Times and Shiksha.com.