Study in India
Under the Constitution of India, the Central Government i.e., the Government of India has exclusive legislative powers to coordinate and determine standards on higher education. This is mainly done through the University Grants Commission. Indian universities are of various kinds: teaching or affiliating, or teaching cum affiliating, single or multi-campus. Most Indian universities are affiliating universities, which prescribe to the affiliated colleges the course of study, hold examinations and award degrees.
India has one of the most advanced infrastructures for higher education. There are 350 university-level educational institutions and 16,000 colleges in India with over 1 million students. Indian degrees are treated with respect all over the world and professionals who have undertaken higher studies in India have made significant contribution to advanced and applied research in different disciplines all over the world. A number of Indian Institutes for higher studies have come to symbolize academic excellence over these years.
There are three principal qualifying degrees within the Indian higher education system, the Bachelors, Masters and the Doctoral levels. Course duration is normally three, two and three or more years, respectively. Shorter duration diploma courses are also available at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Bachelor's degrees in professional fields such as agriculture, dentistry, engineering, pharmacy and veterinary medicine are generally awarded after four to five years of study. Degrees in Architecture require five years while degrees in Medicine are awarded after five and a half years of study. Certain bachelor's degree programmes such as in Education, Journalism and Library science are taken as second degrees. A bachelor's degree in Law can be read for either as an integrated five year programme or as a three year second degree course. The pre doctoral Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) degree, read for after completion of a Masters Degree.
For all those who wish to study in India, it is very important to get prior and correct information about the courses that you would like to undertake, the university you want to apply to and how to go about the application procedure. For an international student, it is also important to know the accommodation facilities, weather conditions, food habits and cost of living in the city in which he or she intends to study.
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