Indian Education System




The information on Indian education and Indian institutions, here are a few recommended websites which would provide a good overview of Indian education and statutory apex bodies in higher education.


One may begin one’s learning on Indian education system from the official, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI), website which is www.education.nic.in and the page on higher education is http://www.education.nic.in/higedu.asp.


Information on recognized secondary and higher secondary school boards / councils can be found at www.education.nic.in/circulars/boards.asp


Following are the links of statutory bodies for higher education and their affiliate bodies in India.

  • www.ugc.ac.in - Website of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the statutory apex body for Indian higher education. The page has a list of Indian universities sorted alphabetically and state-wise as well, that can award degrees. This page leads to different categories of universities.

  • www.ugc.ac.in/inside/centerforex.pdf - 12 Universities as centers of excellence in specific areas of study

  • www.ugc.ac.in/inside/potentialex.pdf - 5 Universities with potential for excellence; programs that received funds for development

  • www.ugc.ac.in/inside/ugc_recog_college.html - UGC recognized colleges

  • www.ugc.ac.in/inside/auto_college.html - list of autonomous colleges

  • www.ugc.ac.in/notices/Press_release06CPE.pdf - colleges with potential for excellence

  • www.ugc.ac.in/inside/fakealerts.html - for a list of fake universities (diploma mills). The same is also on the Government Of India website.

  • www.aicte-india.org - Institutes approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), statutory body responsible for proper planning and coordinated development of technical education system throughout the country.

  • www.aicte-india.org - Technical programs accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). NBA was constituted by the AICTE as an Autonomous Body to periodically conduct evaluation of technical Institutions or Program.

  • www.naac.gov.in - colleges and universities accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). NAAC is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country.

Several differences between Indian and U.S. universities exist. Major difference is the role of central or state governments in the field of higher education. Admissions, assessment and evaluations are generally centralized in contrast to the U.S. universities where at graduate level both admissions and evaluations are highly decentralized.


The accreditation by the two official accrediting agencies also provides some idea on the quality of an institution and its programs. For example, NAAC has a grading system in which institutions are graded on an alpha-numerical scale of 95-100 score for A++ grade to 55-60 score for C grade and seven intermittent grades. Similarly the NBA of AICTE accredits programs for three or five years. Obviously, programs with five year validity are better than those that have been given three-year validity

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