Strong University Network
With over 343 universities and 17,000 colleges offering the widest spectrum of courses. India has the second largest education system in the world.
  • 52    - Deemed Universities
  • 162  - Traditional Universities
  • 40    - Agricultural / Forestry / Fisheries / Veterinary Universities
  • 36    - Engineering and Technology Institutes such as Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science etc.
  • 18    - Medical Universities
  • 11    - Open Universities
  • 18    - National Institutes of Technology

  • Global Recognition
    Indian universities and institutes of higher education and research have made significant contribution in research and development in the areas ranging from biotechnology to ocean engineering. In traditional subjects like arts and humanities, pure sciences, applied physics, chemistry, and mathematics, Indian universities and institutes of higher studies have been playing a leading role.

    The country has also been active in the development of space technology, production and launching of indigenous satellites and development of peaceful nuclear energy. Besides, India is also recognized the world over for its information technology talent.

    All these developments and initiatives have brought the country to the forefront as a technologically advanced nation. In fact, a large number of developing countries today look at India for training and guidance to further their development initiatives.

    The courses as well as professionals trained in Indian educational institutions are recognized the world over - 200 of the Fortune 500 companies regularly participate in campus placements in Indian institutions. 

    English Medium
    Medium of instruction is a very crucial factor in determining the quality of curriculum transaction and the level of achievement.

    Every Indian university has English as the medium of instruction and most Indian universities consider a good knowledge of English as a pre-requisite to pursuing academic studies.

    For the Humanities, Social sciences and Commerce courses, the medium of instruction is both English and regional languages but in case of professional courses, science and technical subjects, English is exclusively used for teaching. Postgraduate education is taught in English in most of the educational institutes.

    For international students weak in English, most colleges and universities conduct special English language and communication courses.

    India is the 3rd largest English speaking population in the world and hence it is a place where foreign nationals feel at home. 
    Top English Speaking Countries
    Country English Speaking People
    USA 280 million
    India 72 million
    UK 61 million
    Canada 31 million
    Australia 20 million
    NZ 4 million
    Population Data Source: Population Reference Bureau, Washington, DC

    Moderate Fee and cost of Living
    The quality of Indian education is comparable to the best available anywhere in the world, while the costs are less and affordable.

    Provided below for your reference is a comparative matrix of education and living costs in India and other countries. 
    Comparison of Annual Living Expenses
    Country Annual Living Expenses ($)
    USA $14,000- $16,000
    Canada $9,000- $10,000
    UK $15,000- $16,000
    Australia $8,000- $12,000
    NZ $8,000- $12,000
    India $1,800- $4,200
    Comparison of Annual Tuition Fees
    Country Annual Tuition Fees ($)
      Humanities Science & Engg Medicine
    US (Public) $7,000-$10,000 $7,000-$10,000 $15,000-$25,000
    US (Private) $16,000-$20,000 $16,000-$40,000 $20,000-$40,000
    Canada $2,700-$9,400 $2,300-$9,400 $2,500- $10,000
    UK $8,100- $16,200 $8,100-$17,150 $13,900-$27,200
    Australia $5,400-$8,600 $8,000-$10,500 $15,000-$29,100
    NZ $5,400-$8,600 $8,000-$10,500 $15,000-$28,100
    India $2,150-$4,600 $3,000-$8,500 $8,000-$20,000

Quality is the benchmark for development of infrastructure, curriculum, human resources and research and the establishment of centres of excellence, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional centres.

The National Policy on Education was framed by the Government of India in the early 1980s to ensure the formation of standardized guidelines for the enforcement of quality in higher education.

It is mandatory for all the Indian Institutions to be recognized by the appropriate National Level statutory bodies established by the Government of India for compliance to quality standards.

Some of the Statutory bodies which are constituted for recognition are:
  • All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
  • University Grants Commission (UGC)
  • Medical Council of India (MCI)
  • Dental Council of India (DCI)
  • Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR)

  • In addition, quality of education is assured through National Board of Accreditation (NBA) for technical education and National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for higher education.

    Welcoming Environment
    India has a large number of international students coming from all parts of the world to pursue their desired careers in Indian Institutions.

    Colleges also make efforts to help foreign students feel at home and help them to integrate with the rest of the student community.

    International students enjoy their stay in India, for it provides them ample opportunities to explore the country to its fullest. Moreover, people of India are very warm and welcoming, and happily extend their hospitality to foreigners. Most International students in India easily form life long friendships with their Indian colleagues. Most of the populace understands and speaks English, and therefore international students face no communication problems. 

    Personal approach
    India has a personal approach to teaching, embodied in the Gurukul system where a teacher interacts on a one-to-one basis with students, helping them out in their difficulties.

    All round Development
    College festivals, sports meets, student clubs, etc., form an important part of a student's activities in Indian campuses and go a long way towards overall development.

    Students are also acquainted with some aspects of India's economy and commerce through visits to public giants and private enterprises.

    Many colleges conduct orientation programmes with the aim of assisting international scholars to adjust to their new surroundings.

    Indian experience
    Studying and living in India is a special experience. India is a country rich in cultural heritage, having multi religious society. A cosmopolitan environment and easy acceptance of all cultures and religions, makes India a friendly nation.

    Students love and enjoy their stay in India. Besides the high standard of education, the students get an ample opportunity to know the cultures and traditions of India, and revel in the scenic beauty of the country.

    The World Centre for Education
    India has been a global destination for education for a long time.

    A large number of students come to India from countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Syria, Thailand, UK, US, Vietnam and Zimbabwe etc for their higher studies. They look at the Indian education system with thrust and belief.

    India is today recognized as a world centre for education. Indian entrepreneurs are making a through out the world . Their ideas, technical knowledge and entrepreneurship have yielded unprecedented growth in income, employment and wealth. The credit goes to the sound and practical educational foundation they have received in India.Adminssion Procedure

    The procedure for admission is given below:

    Step 1: Queries, Clarifications over Email/ Phone/ Letter/ Personal Contact

    Step 2: Select the course and college

    Step 3: Submit application form for admission

    Forward the following to us:
  • Application form duly filled in with all enclosures
  • Demand Draft payable in USD 1100* (Including Application Fee 100 USD and Service Charge)

  • Step 4: Get the provisional admission letter from the LEE Consultants, in order to obtain the visa.

    Step 5: Show this letter to the Indian Embassy in the respective country and get a student visa endorsed to institution. NRI students do not require a visa.

    Step 6: Report to the institution for admission. Fill the permanent admission form and submit it with the following documents (in original along with a Photostat copy):
  • Degree/ Pass Certificate of the qualifying examination
  • Mark list of qualifying examination.
  • Student visa in original.
  • A Photostat copy of their passport - duly attested by a notary.

  • Note: The original certificates will be returned to the students immediately after making an endorsement to this effect.

    Step 7: Undergo the medical examination and get the medical fitness certificate. As per government rules all international students entering India on student visa have to be tested for HIV and will not be given admission if found to be positive. All international students will be required to pay medical fees of US $ 50, which includes the medical insurance cover for the first year. For subsequent years the medical insurance fees will be same as for other Indian students and is included in other fees.

    Step 8: Appear for the proficiency test in English, if any as per admission requirement of the Institution. This is only applicable, if the qualifying examination is not in the English medium.

    Step 9: Admission of international students will be confirmed only after verification of original certificates, medical fitness test and payment of required fees.

    Step 10: Within a week of arrival in India register their names with the police in the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) of the local Police.
What is a student visa?
India offers various kinds of visas, depending on the purpose of visit. Student visa is a visa specifically for the students wanting to come to India for education purpose. Student Visas are issued for the duration of the academic course of study or for a period of five years whichever is less, on the basis of letters of admission from Universities/recognized colleges or educational institutions in India.

What are the pre-requisites for procuring a student visa?
To apply/ be eligible for a student visa, you need to conform to the following conditions.

If you are on Government of India scholarships, the respective Indian missions would be advised by ICCR to issue a regular student visa after your admission in an Indian university is confirmed. On the other hand, if you are coming as a self-financing student, you need to produce letters of admission from universities or recognized colleges and institutions in India for obtaining the regular student visa.

If you are coming as a research student, synopsis of the research project countersigned by the sponsoring institution in India along with letter of approval are no objection certificate from the concerned Ministries in India should be submitted for necessary visa.

Note: Processing of applications for research may take about three months.

Can I get the visa even if I don't have a confirmed admission letter?
Don't worry if your admission is still not confirmed. Students not having firm letters of admission from universities or institutions are issued Provisional Student Visa by the Indian missions abroad, on the basis of provisional letters of admissions. However Provisional Student Visa is valid for 3 months. Within these 3 months, your admission needs to be confirmed otherwise you will have to leave India. No extension of Provisional Student Visa is permitted. 

Can I change my University/ College after coming to India?
You need to mention the name of the Institute while applying for the visa, which is then mentioned on the visa. A request for change of university or institution subsequently made cannot be considered. In this case you would be required to go back to your home country and apply for a new visa.

Can I get my tourist visa converted to a student visa?
"Change of purpose" of visit of international students to India is not allowed once they arrive in India. Therefore, if you come to India on tourist or any other type of visa, you cannot get this visa changed to student visa.

According to government regulations, if an international student coming to India on a tourist or any other type of visa (except a student visa ), obtains admission into a university or any institution in India, the student will be required to return to his country and obtain a new visa (i.e. a student visa) from the Indian mission there.

To avoid this situation, all self- financing international students are advised to obtain regular or provisional student visa from Indian missions abroad by producing confirmed or provisional letters of admission from a university or an institution.

Where can I apply for the visa?
The visa can be applied for from any of the Indian Embassies/High Commission.

Are there any rules & regulations that I need to conform to?
Yes, while applying for the visa you need to keep in mind the following regulations:

Passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of intended departure from India should accompany your visa application.

Students holding other nationalities (other than the country where applying for visa), should submit proof of long-term (at least three years)/ permanent residence in the country (where applying). For citizen of other countries, a reference has to be made to their country of residence for which an additional fee is applicable and will involve extra processing time. Please refrain from making inquiries about the status of application during this time.

How much is the student visa fees?
The fee structure depends on the nationality of the passport holder and type/duration of visa applied. These fees are payable in the local currency as well. Please check with the Indian embassy in your country for exact visa fees.
India today has the proud distinction of being the world's largest democracy. A remarkable Constitution, well-developed democratic institutions and true participation by the people in social governance are the hallmarks of this democracy. Faith in the democratic process is nurtured as well as protected by an independent judiciary, an alert and free media and active non-governmental organisations. The symbols of a vibrant democracy are all around us.

A functioning democracy is one where every individual is able to find his place in society, seek his rights and pursue a vocation in tune with his abilities. India's multi-party democracy is the successful embodiment of this very process. India has held freely contested elections at regular intervals since independence. The scale of the electoral process is immense: 620 million voters requiring 4.5 million election officials. While ballot boxes have to be transported on elephant-back to some remote rural areas, other places have Electronic Voting Machines as welcome innovations. The strength of India's democratic traditions was shown once again by the people of Jammu & Kashmir in October 2002, when 44% of the voters came forth and exercised their choice at the hustings despite the terrorist threat.

What also makes India a vibrant democracy is the assimilative nature of its society. Age old traditions have dovetailed with the modern concept of democracy. Outsiders have been welcomed, cultural influences seen as enriching; proactive inclusiveness has led to the development of a successful democracy in modern India.

A melting pot of cultures, India is home to people of all major faiths of the world. Secularism is not only a way of life - it is a philosophy embedded in India's history. Diversity abounds - in geography as well as in culture. In this land of mighty mountains and spectacular deserts washed by the waters of three oceans, a billion people live together -people who speak 18 major languages, worship different Gods and celebrate different festivals. They also celebrate unity and their unique Indianness. 

The second fastest growing economy in the world and fourth largest in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), the Indian economy is on a high growth trajectory. In a stable political and macro-economic environment, marked by forward looking policies aimed at global integration, the GDP growth in 2005-05 was 6.9%.

The 400 million strong Indian middle class with its ever increasing purchasing power is driving demand, competition and productivity like never before. Ongoing expansion and modernisation in Indian manufacturing is fueling demand for imports of capital goods and technology. The educated, skilled Indian work force has engineered a remarkable change in the sectoral composition of the GDP with services now accounting for almost half of India's GDP. India's increased global competitiveness can be attributed to continuing progressive economic reforms.

Access to finance on easy and affordable terms has whetted the appetite of the Indian consumer and also propelled growth across sectors like housing, automobiles and consumer durables.

The total volume of foreign trade was US$142 billion in 2003-04. Exports have responded well to the establishment of a large number of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) with world class infrastructure and attractive tax incentives and stood at 10.4% of the GDP in March 2003.

India's foreign exchange reserves are over US$ 140 billion and exceed the forex reserves of USA, France, Russia and Germany.

India's external debt to GDP ratio has improved consistently and stood at 17.4% in March 2005 - one of the lowest among developing economies.

Rated as the 7th most attractive destination for FDI in the world in 2001, India's foreign direct investment flows in 2004-05 was US$ 3.754 billion.

Controlled Inflation
The Indian economy has consistently managed to keep inflation levels under control and the average annual inflation rate was 3.8% in 2003-04.

India is one of the world's largest food producers with an annual production of 600 million tonnes. India ranks first in the world in production of milk, tea and sugarcane. It is the second largest producer of fruits, vegetables, rice, wheat and groundnuts and is among the top five producers of coffee, spices, cereals and oilseeds.

By far the most richly endowed nation in Asia, India has a tenth of the world's arable land. As the planet's most irrigated land mass, India is currently initiating a massive infrastructure project to further boost agricultural performance through the inter-linking of all major Indian rivers.

A new Food Chain Revolution that aims to double the average income of the Indian farmer by 2010 is currently underway in the country and has already resulted in the following:
  1. Buffer stock of foodgrains (wheat and rice) of nearly 50 million tones.
  2. Neary 14.2 % share of agriculture in total exports.
  3. World's second largest exports of rice and fifth largest exports of wheat. Introduction of futures trading in edible oil and foodgrains.
Food Processing
Representing 6.3 % of the GDP, the food processing industry ranks 5th in size and accounts for 13% of the country's exports and 6% of total industrial production. Industry size is estimated at US$ 70 billion, including US$ 22 billion of value added products.

The food processing sector continues to remain a major investment attraction for global giants of the industry.

Towards World Class Infrastructure Roads & Highways
With a total length of approximately 3.3 million km, India has the second largest road network in the world, India is currently implementing the world's largest infrastructure project -the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP). It entails upgrading and 6-laning of 6000 km of highways connecting the four major metropolitan cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

In addition, 7000 km of highways connecting the North-South (from Srinagar to Kanyakumari) and East-West (from Silchar to Porbandar) corridors are being developed.

To provide a continued impetus to development of roads and highways, the government has undertaken several policy initiatives, including:

FDI up to 100% under automatic route in projects for construction and maintenance of roads, highways, vehicular bridges and toll roads.
Private'sector participation in this sector is under the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) concept
National Highway Act amended for expeditious land acquisition and project clearance

With a view to provide port facilities of global standards to our trading partners and enhance connectivity, considerable private investment has been attracted. A quick run down on facts and initiatives for growth:

India currently has 12 major ports and 184 minor or intermediate ports spread across the 7517 km coastline.
The current handling capacity of major ports in the country is around 350 million tonnes. This has been achieved through the construction of a new port at Ennore and a mechanized coal handling facility at Paradip. These facilities entailed an investmentof US$ 394 million.
100 % foreign investment has been permitted for construction and maintenance of ports and harbours and in projects providing support services to water transport.
The government is offering various fiscal incentives to private investors including a 10 year tax holiday in port development, operation and maintenance.

India ranks among the top ten countries in the world in terms of its telecommunications network, and is one of the most deregulated telecom markets in the world. At the end of 2005 India had 48.93 million fixed telephone connections, growing at 9 % in 2005 and 75.92 million cellular phone connections, growing at 58 percent in 2005!

The telecom network in the country comprises over 35,000 exchanges with a switching capacity of over 47 million, 427 digital trunk automatic exchanges and over 326,271 route km of optic fibre network.

The government has significantly relaxed foreign investment norms in this sector. Foreign equity participation of up to 100% is permitted for ISPs and manufacturers of telecom equipment, while 74% is permitted in Internet services and up to 49% in telecom services. . Private investments, both foreign and domestic, have been in excess of US$ 2.4 billion. Other initiatives pushing growth in the sector include:
  • Introduction of Internet telephony.
  • Reduction of over 60% in the tariff for National Long Distance Telephony to push volumes.
  • Facilitating growth of Public Calling Booths that continue to mushroom across the country, increasing access and boosting employment.

    India is the sixth largest power generator in the world. Economic reforms are being increasingly introduced at the State level in the power sector which is evolving rapidly from focusing on power generation to providing a strong impetus to distribution and transmission.

    With grants for 57 private sector projects totalling up to 30, 000 MW, introduction of an independent central regulatory authority and foreign investment opportunities totalling nearly US$ 73 billion, the power sector will continue to be a thrust area for reforms.
  • Major investors include CMS Energy, Unocal, Woodside Petroleum, Siemens, ABB, AES Transpower, Powergen, CLp, PSEG, Tractabel.
  • 18,000 MW of new generation capacity and 35,000 ckm of H.T. transmission lines have been added.
  • Over 3712 MW of power generating capacity using renewable energy sources has been installed.

  • Competitiveness in Manufacturing
    India has a two-fold advantage that has been increasing its competitiveness in manufacturing - availability of quality talent and low costs.
  • A McKinsey study quotes from the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2001 that India has the highest availability of qualified engineers.
  • The same study says that compensation for manufacturing workers is US$ 0.6 per hour in India compared to over US$ 20 per hour in countries like Germany and Japan and even lower than in Brazil, Mexico and the Czech Republic.

  • The Automobiles & Auto Ancillary and Pharmaceuticals sectors are at the forefront of this new wave of manufacturing competitiveness.

    Global auto companies have begun to use India as a sourcing base for fully built vehicles.
  • Hyundai has nominated India as the global sourcing base for its small cars.
  • Ford exports more cars from India than it sells in the domestic market; and exports components to China from its India facility.
  • Auto Policy announced by the government in 2002 has opened the automobile sector to 100% FDI and removed the minimum c?pital investment norm for fresh entrants.
  • Total auto ancillary exports have risen from US$ 330 million in 1997-98 to an estimated US$ 800 million in 2003.
  • The sector has grown by 20% annually over the past half-decade as Toyota, Delphi, Visteon and others have set up operations.

    Growth over the last five years has been more than 20%, twice the world rate; India's pharma exports stood at US$ 2.5 billion in 2002-2003.

    The Indian pharma industry has the highest number of plants approved by the FDA outside the USA. It also has the largest number of DMFs filed which gives it access to the high growth generic bulk drugs market in the USA.
  • Generic drug manufacturing will be the main growth driver in the future -the world market is expected to exceed US$ 55 billion by 2005. India is gearing itself to capture a large portion of this market, leveraging its inherent skills in technology, R&D facilities and trained human capital.
  • In accordance with WTO stipulations, India will grant product patent recognition to all New Chemical Entities from 2005.
  • To facilitate the sector's growth, the government announced exemptions from import licences to foreign pharmaceutical units setting up their manufacturing units in Special Economic Zones.

  • Emerging Knowledge Leader
    Well developed technical and tertiary education infrastructure, a large English speaking work force and a strong demographic advantage places India in a unique position to leverage opportunities in a knowledge driven economy.

    Information Technology
    The Prime Minister's National Task Force on Information Technology constituted in 1998 has propelled the speedy development of this sector.
  • Exports of software services logged in a 26% growth during 2002-03; along with electronics hardware exports, this sector accounted for 18% of India's total exports.
  • India is home to 42 SEI CMM level 5 companies of the world, which is more than half of the world total.
  • Information Technology Act 2000 seeks to create key infrastructure for electronic authentication and a legal framework for prevention of cyber crimes. India will soon become the 3rd country after the USA and Australia to have a Convergence Act.
  • Software Technology Parks of India act as a 'single-window' in providing services to software exporters and incubation infrastructure to SMEs.
    IT, IT enabled Services (ITES) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
    The Indian IT-ITES industry is broadly categorised into IT services and software, ITES-BPO and Hardware segments.

    The industry continues to chart remarkable double-digit growth, with industry aggregate revenue for 2004-05 expected to reach US$ 28 billion. Industry export in financial year (FY) 2004-05 was US$17.9 billion, growing at a rate of 34.8 %.

    The industry's contribution to the national economic output has nearly tripled - from 1.2 percent in FY 1997-98 to 3.5 percent in FY 2003-04. This sector is forecast to grow at nearly 31 percent this fiscal to account for an estimated 4.1 percent of the national GDP in FY 2004-05.

    India offers a strong value proposition in the ITES segment for the following reasons:
  • A vast pool of English speaking and skilled manpower, which rates high on qualification, capabilities, quality of work and work ethics.
  • World class telecommunications and physical infrastructure that is fast approaching parity with other countries.
  • Traditionally strong emphasis on quality.
  • Certain centres have outs cored most international competitors in productivity levels.
  • Unique geographical location enables 24x7 service.

  • ITeS exports from India grew 44% during 2002-03 to touch US$ 2.16 billion; these are likely to grow at 50% in 2003-04 to touch US$ 3.24 billion. 190 Fortune 500 companies outsource IT to India. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, India will emerge as the biggest 'call centre market', overtaking Australia by 2004.

    India enjoys significant comparative advantages in this fast emerging sector in terms of knowledge, skills, R&D facilities, costs and institutional infrastructure. The Indian biotechnology market is expected to grow to US$ 204 million by 2003 and US$ 408 million by 2007 due to the following:

    A separate Biotechnology Policy for States.
  • 50 R&D labs in the public sector, providing high quality R&D. Over 20 are conducting research in specific areas of biotechnology.
  • Establishment of various biotechnology parks in different states.
  • Investment opportunities of US$ 500 million during 2003, spread across Agri-Biotech, Diagnostics and Vaccines.

  • Science & Technology
    In 2002, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) won 145 US patents and topped the Patent Co-operation Treaty listing of the top 50 entities in the developing world. As India emerges as a globally competitive powerhouse, Science & Technology will continue to provide the foundation on which the 2181 century nation is built. 

    Atomic Energy
    Multi-disciplinary research in centres of excellence under the Department of Atomic Energy has led to the development of the nuclear power programme and applications in agriculture, medicine, biotechnology, electronics and metallurgy.

    Currently eight nuclear stations are producing 8 billion kilowatt of electricity. Four more nuclear stations designed in India are in the pipeline.

    India is among a select select group of six nations with specific satellite launch capabilities and is at the forefront of nations bringing the benefits of space technology to development.

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently launched the country's third "remote sensory" satellite and its first one dedicated purely to geographical mapping. It will join the 11 Indian satellites already in orbit.

    Collaborative R&D
    Over 250 universities, 1500 research institutions and over 10,000 higher education centres churn out 200,000 engineers and 300,000 non-engineering post graduates every year. In addition, there is an annual increment of 5000 PhDs and 21 ,00,000 other graduates. All trained not to just speak in English but also think in English.

    Over the past few years, more than 100 MNCs have set up R&D centres in India at a cumulative investment of over US$ 1 billion. GE has its biggest technology centre outside the United States in Bangalore. Among other leading companies who have set up R&D centres in India are Bell Labs, Cummins, DuPont, Daimler Chrysler, Eli Lilly, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Honeywell, Qualcomm and Whirlpool. 
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