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India is renowned for its magnificent tradition of education. In many a sense, it has laid the foundation for the way, the teaching and education sector has shaped up today. Indian teachers are revered all over the world and because of this more and more students are turning up to take admissions in Indian Universities. India’s higher education is only behind China and USA, rendering it to be the most sought after among the students-both national and international. India can rightfully boast of a strong and highly reputed network of universities and colleges. Today, it has 20 central universities, 215 state universities, 100 deemed universities and 13 institutes of national importance. The governing body at the higher level is the University Grants Commission (UGC) which works in coordination with the government.

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 in India. 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 is 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 in India. But they are actually as empowered as any other university. Deemed universities in India doesn’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.

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