Top Upcoming Private Universities in India
Private universities are expanding and coming up with new industry-oriented courses for the growing Indian population. According to the latest data put by the Government of India, there are about 500 million youths in the country. India currently has 340 private universities, as stated by the UGC in its 2019 report.
The government of India has planned to achieve the target GER of 30% by 2020 and quality education is an area of focus, according to a report by the Economic Times.
Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida
Shiv Nadar University was established in the year 2011 and is spread over an area of 296 acres in Greater Noida. It is recognised by UGC and offers integrative undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral and certificate programs to more than 2000 students in the fields of Engineering, Management, Humanities, Education and Professional Development.
The University focuses on intensive extramural research work, with available funds of upto 25 crores. It was ranked amongst the top three universities by the Outlook I-Care India Universities Ranking 2019. It also secured a place in NIRF's list of the Top 100 Universities across India as well.
How to apply: Students can use the online method of application. In which, students must register and fill the 'online admission form' on the official website.
Application fee: The non-refundable registration fee is Rs 1200.
Unique point - The university has based its undergraduate curriculum on the model of contemporary western multidisciplinary programs, which it claims to be unprecedented in India. Students can pursue a Major in a subject of their choice, while pursuing and discovering other Minors and electives.
Lovely Professional University, Punjab
Lovely Professional University (LPU) was established in the year 2005. It is accredited by UGC and DEB and is a member of the Association of Indian Universities. It is also the first Private University to receive NABL accreditation by Quality Council of India. The university was ranked at the top amongst the “Top five Universities in India” ranking by the Outlook Magazine in 2019.
How to apply: Students can use either the online method or the offline method of application. In the online method, students need to register and apply for LPUNEST Entrance and Scholarship Test. Whereas in the offline method students procure the brochure and application form from LPU's branches in Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Application fee: The registration fee is between Rs 500-800.
Unique point- The university offers course-related on-campus jobs to students as content assistants, physiotherapists, sports trainers, library assistants and others. They are allowed to work 20 hours a week through which they can earn Rs 6 lakhs per annum, while pursuing a degree.
OP Jindal University, Haryana
OP Jindal University is a relatively new multidisciplinary university. It is located in Sonipat, Haryana. It is approved by UGC and has been given an 'A' grade by NAAC. OPJU is the only private university from India to be ranked in the Top 150 Youngest Universities list by QS Young Universities Ranking 2020. It is also the only university from India to be placed in the Top 800 Universities, as a Social Science and Humanities University from India, by QS World University Ranking 2020.
OP Jindal University offers more than 21 UG, PG and Research programs through its 8 Schools.
How to apply: Students can use the online method of application to register themselves for the entrance exam.
When to apply: Students can apply for the Fall Semester by July and for the Spring Semester by December.
Unique point - Termed as India's Most International University by the Education World, OPJU has an International Office which facilitates more than 180 foreign exchange programs and internship programs and has more than 70 full-time faculty members from 32 countries around the world.
Ashoka University, Haryana
Ashoka University is an interdisciplinary liberal arts institution. It was established in the year 2014. It is recognised by the UGC and has been ranked 2nd by Education World, amongst Top 100 Private Universities in India. Ashoka University is aiming at achieving an Ivy League University status in Liberal Arts. It also boasts of a next generation architecture with state-of-the-art amenities. Here's how to apply to Ashoka University-
How to apply: Students can apply through the online method by filling out the application form available on the official website.
Application fee: There is no fee.
When to apply: Students can apply between June to July for the Monsoon Semester and by November for the Spring Semester.
Unique point- Final year students are given the opportunity to study at the University of Berkeley or King's College London in the summer. Students can choose from internships with corporations, NGOs and Research Organisations in India and study opportunities abroad.
Azim Premji University, Bangalore
Azim Premji University (APU) was established by the Azim Premji University Act 2010. It is recognised by UGC and has five schools, namely- School of Education, School of Development, School or Policy and Governance School of Arts and Sciences and School of Continuing Education.The university has been ranked 20 amongst Top 100 Private Universities in India, by Education World. APU focuses on education which can be useful for the society, with 60% of the graduates working in social welfare sector. Here's how students can apply to APU-
How to apply: Students can use either the online method or the offline method of application. For the offline application, students must visit the Office of Admissions after filling a visitation form available on the official website.
Application fee: The registration fee is Rs 500.
When to apply: Undergraduate students can apply for early admissions by November and for regular admissions by April. Postgraduate students should apply by January.
Unique point- The university has partnered with the Michigan State University, Administrative Training Institute and The Institute of New Economic Thinking to hold workshops and facilitate faculty visits. As part of their social upliftment programs, the university works closely with NGOs and research organisations on the ground level.