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The real treasure of India is its intellectual capital.

India is a developing country and one of the fastest growing economies. Today the Indian graduates
are in high demand proving that the education system in India is comparable to any developed
country. The quality of education at very affordable cost has been a key to success of Indian
education system. India has third largest English speaking population in the world and English is the
medium of instruction for higher studies in most cases.  

India presents a very competitive and positive environment for higher studies ensuring all round
personality growth. Whether it is Management studies, technical courses like engineering or computer
sciences, Medical sciences or arts & commerce courses, you will always find fierce competition for
admission. Well, just to give you an idea, there were approximately 105 lakhs (10.5 Millions) enrolled
for higher studies during year 2005-06.

The University Grant Commission (UGC) is appellate body that monitors and maintains universities in
the country.  There are 18 central universities (controlled by the central government) and 211 state
universities (controlled by state governments), 95 deemed universities, and 13 institutes of national
importance. There are more than 17600 colleges in India. There are 138 autonomous colleges in the
country. Colleges are established by state government, universities and private agencies.
Approximately 75% of the colleges are established by private agencies.

Higher education can be pursued either as regular education or through distance learning programs.
Regular education is for technical, medical, agriculture and general courses with each type divided
into university level and college level. In addition, institutes of higher learning and research in science,
technology, management, medicine, social sciences and humanities have the status of deemed
universities or autonomous institutions and provide higher education. Distance education is
university-based and is limited to undergraduate and post-graduate degree and diploma courses in
general and technical education.