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IIT's
The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), are a group of seven autonomous engineering and technology-oriented institutes of higher education established and declared as Institutes of National Importance by the Government of India. The IITs were created to train scientists and engineers, with the aim of developing a skilled workforce to support the economic and social development of India after independence in 1947. The students and alumni of IITs are colloquially referred to as IITians.

In order of establishment the seven IITs are located at Kharagpur, Mumbai, Chennai, Kanpur, Delhi, Guwahati, and Roorkee. The Government of India has announced plans to add nine more IITs, to be established in states that don't yet have an IIT. Some IITs were established with financial assistance and technical expertise from UNESCO, Germany, the United States, and Soviet Union. Each IIT is an autonomous university, linked to the others through a common IIT Council, which oversees their administration. They have a common admission process for undergraduate admissions, using the Joint Entrance Examination (popularly known as IIT-JEE) to select around 4,000 undergraduate candidates a year. Postgraduate Admissions are done on the basis of the GATE, JMET, JAM and CEED. About 15,500 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students study in the seven IITs, in addition to research scholars.

IIT alumni have achieved success in a variety of professions.[1] The autonomy of the IITs has helped them to create specialized degrees in technology at the undergraduate level, and consequently to award the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree, as opposed to the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree awarded by most other Indian universities. The success of the IITs has led to the creation of similar institutes in other fields, such as the National Institutes of Technology, the Indian Institutes of Management and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT).
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IIM's
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are India's premier management institutes that also conduct research and provide consultancy services in the field of management to various sectors of the Indian economy. They were created by the Indian Government[1] with the aim of identifing the brightest intellectual talent[1] available in the student community of India and training it in the best management techniques available in the world, to ultimately create a pool of elite world class managers to manage and lead the various sections of the Indian economy. IIMs play a leadership role in the nation?s managerial manpower development and carry out research in emerging areas.[1] These Institutes are recognized as premier management institutions, comparable to the best in the world for teaching, research and interaction with industries. IIMs being "Role Models" have shared knowledge and skills with other institutions to improve their quality and standards in management education. IIMs have earned an international reputation for the quality of their alumni.

The IIMs are considered top business schools in India.[2] All the IIMs are completely autonomous institutes owned and financed by the Central Government of India. In order of establishment, the IIMs are located at Kolkata (Calcutta), Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Kozhikode (Calicut), Indore, and Shillong. They offer post-graduate courses in management (equivalent to an MBA), fellowship programmes in management (equivalent to PhD), executive MBA and industry based programmes. IIMs actively carry out research and consultancy for the industry, including the needs of non-corporate and under-managed sectors such as agriculture, rural development, public systems management, energy, health education, habitat, etc. The IIMs also offer various other management training programs as well as part-time MBA programmes for various organisations and individuals.
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AIIMS
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) (created 1956) is a medical college and hospital in India, and is an autonomous institution funded by India's Union Government. It is located in New Delhi.

It is considered as the best medical college and public hospital in the country and is globally recognised for providing low-cost medical care to a large number of patients. Most of India's VIPs (Legislators, Ministers, Judges in particular) utilize AIIMS as their primary hospital, which contributes to ensuring the maintenance of high standards. Recently, medical professionals from various Asian, European and American countries have begun coming to AIIMS to train, as the level of exposure attained there is rare in most other institutions.

It is one of India's Institutes of National Importance, a distinguished category of premier institutions like the IITs, IIMs, NITs, Indian Statistical Institute, ICAR etc. AIIMS is also currently ranked as one of the top 10 medical colleges in the world according to the ongoing poll being conducted in the international online physician network.
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NIT or REC
National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are premier colleges of engineering and technology education in India. They were originally called Regional Engineering Colleges (RECs). In 2002, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, decided to upgrade, in phases, all the original 17 Regional Engineering Colleges (RECs) as National Institutes of Technology (NITs). There are currently 20 NITs, the latest being NIT, Agartala. The Government of India has introduced the National Institutes of Technology (NIT) Act 2007 to bring 20 such institutions within the ambit of the act and to provide them with complete autonomy in their functioning. The NITs are deliberately scattered throughout the country in line with the government norm of an NIT in every major state of India to promote regional development. The individual NITs, after the introduction of the NIT Act, have been functioning as autonomous technical universities and hence can draft their own curriculum and functioning policies.
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Loyola College, Chennai
Loyola College is a Jesuit college in Chennai, India. It is among the elite colleges in India, presently ranked at no. 1 in the Arts and Sciences and at no. 3 in Commerce. The College offers courses in the arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and commerce. It is autonomous, but affiliated with the University of Madras, which grants the degrees.

The College offers courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and was ranked the number one college or institution for Science programmes in India by India Today in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. In 2007 it achieved the unique distinction of being ranked first in both science and arts. The Arts stream includes subjects such as economics, history, English, and sociology. The College has also been placed in the top ten institutions in India for arts, sciences, and commerce.

The college follows a credit-based trimester pattern, unlike most Madras University-affiliated colleges. Undergraduate students have to pass all examinations and obtain at least 90 credits in three years to be eligible for a degree. For non-academic credits, students can enrol in associations such as Rotaract, Enviro Club and AICUF.

The college is located on an 88-acre sprawling campus in the heart of the city of Chennai in Nungambakkam. Its tree-lined pathways, steepled chapel, and sprawling grounds are a landmark in the southern metropolis. Its alumni include a former President of India, the current Finance Minister of India, the former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and several distinguished foreign and civil service servants.
The college has been conferred as a "College with Potential For Excellence" by the University Grants Commission. It was also given a Rs.10 Million grant (1 Crore) in 2006 by the UGC for the continual improvement of the college.
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School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi
School of Planning and Architecture vis. SPA, Delhi is a National Resource Institute of India. It is a specialized university imparting education and research in the field of Planning and Architecture. The school is well recognized among domestic and international fraternity for its quality education and alumunus.The School is a specialized university, only one of its kind, which exclusively provides training and education at various levels in planning, design and management of different aspects of human habitat and environment. The School has taken lead in introducing several academic programmes in various inter-related specialized fields at Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral levels, some of which are not available elsewhere in India.
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Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi
Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, usually abbreviated FMS Delhi, was founded in 1954 and is the first business school in India which started offering management training to professional managers in the form of a part time MBA Programme. It has been consistently ranked among top business schools in Indian b-school surveys. The first set of professors was trained at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the institute was started at the Delhi School of Economics under the leadership of Prof. A. Dasgupta. The past decades have witnessed a significant growth in the nature and number of programmes offered at the FMS. It is one of the oldest business schools in India and has a strong alumni network. FMS comes under the aegis of the University of Delhi.
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Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad
Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA) is an academic institution for professional communications management skills in India. Established in 1991, it is located on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. MICA offers various skills enhancement programmes from time to time. Currently, the institute offers the following programmes as part of this initiative:

Retail Communications Management This one-and-half year programme combines the disciplines of business management and marketing communications with focus on retail communications management.

Design Communications Management This programme focuses on the management aspects of design.

Crafting Creative Communications The programme imparts copywriting and art direction skills to young graduates with a creative and imaginative bent of mind.
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Birla Institute of Technology & Science
The Birla Institute of Technology & Science (known as BITS Pilani) is a science and technology school located in Pilani, Rajasthan, India. In addition to Pilani, BITS has campuses in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Goa, India and Hyderabad India and an extension center in Bangalore, India. The institute is privately supported and fully residential. It is one of the most prestigious and selective institutes in India.

The Institute was founded by Ghanshyam Das Birla in 1929 as an intermediate college. During World War II, the Government of India established a technical training center at pilani for the supply of techinicians for defence services and industry. In 1946, it was converted into the Birla Engineering College with degree programmes in electrical and mechanical engineering.

In 1964, the Birla Colleges of Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Pharmacy and Science were merged to form the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS). In this period of inception (especially during 19641970), BITS Pilani received support from the Ford Foundation and benefited from an alliance with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of Technology.

BITS Pilani started to expand in India and abroad since 2000. New campuses were established in Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2000), Goa, India(2004) and Hyderabad, India(2008). The fourth campus was opened in 2008 at Jawaharnagar (near Hakimpet Air Force station), Hyderabad, India. BITS also runs a virtual university and an extension center in Bangalore.
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Indian School of Business
The Indian School of Business (ISB) located in Hyderabad, India, is an international business school providing postgraduate programmes in Management (Master of Business Administration - MBA), post doctoral programmes, as well as executive education programmes for business executives. It was founded on December 2, 1999 by a group of Fortune 500 entrepreneurs in collaboration with Andhra PRadesh's state government. Rajat Guptha, former Managing Director of McKinsey & Company worldwide and Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh played a key role in establishing the institution.

Indian School of Business's partners include Kellogg School of management, Wharton Business School and London School of Business. The accelerated one-year post graduate programme course is ISB's speciality.

The Indian School of Business is listed as #15 among the top 100 global B-schools by the Financial Times annual MBA 2009 rankings. It was ranked at #20 in 2008. ISB is the first Indian B-School to find place in FT-Global B-School rankings and made it to the top twenty in the very first year of its inclusion in list.
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