149 Top Public institutions beyond IITs / IIMs

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149 Public institutions beyond IITs / IIMs


Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal

PGD in Forestry Management; Fellow
Programme in Management

Indian Institute of Forestry Research and
Education, Dehradun

This has 8 research institutes & 4 advance centres

National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal

BTech (Dairy Technology); MTech/MSc/MVSc) in Dairying; Doctorate in Dairying

Agharkar Research Institute, Pune

Fellowship Scheme for societal programmes for women scientists having PhD/MSc/BE/ Medicine

Central Institute of Fisheries Education,Mumbai

Masters Prog (7) in aquaculture, fisheries PGD in Inland Fisheries Management

Central Institute of Fresh Water Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar

MFSc & PhD in collaboration with OUAT

Centre for Forestry Research & HRD,Chinndwara

Junior and Senior Certificate Course in Nursery & Plantation

Forest Research Institute University,Dehradun

MSc (Wood Science & Technology; Forestry; Environment); PGD (Pulp & Paper);
Post Master’s Diploma (Natural Res- ource Management, Non-Wood Forest Products)

Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI),New Delhi

Doctoral programmes (agricultural extension, sciences, engineering, horticulture etc.)

Indian Institute of Plantation Management,Bangalore

PGD (Agri-Business & Plantation Management )

Indian Institute of Pulses Research,Kanpur

PhD programmes in affiliation with CSJM University (Kanpur University) on
Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Nematology, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Agronomy and Soil Sciences

Indian Institute of Spices Research,Calicut

Post MSc training (biotechnology & others like agricultural economics, botany, soil
chemistry etc)

Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute,Bangalore

PGD in Mechanical wood industries technology

For a nation which spends nearly 11% of its R&D budget on agricultural research, it is only natural that in addition to the 26 central and state level agricultural universities, it also runs a large-scale agricultural research establishment. While the Indian council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has 94 institutes collectively in agriculture, horticulture, animal sciences and fisheries, only a handful of institutions offer serious academic programmes. Dr. Mritunjaya, coordinator, National Agricultural Innovation Mission, says, this is partly because ICAR is more research grounded and immediate and demands a very different ethos than that of an academic institution. The largest academic institution within the system is the Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE) with over seven master's programmes. Forestry is another important domain of education in which public sector is the only significant player. While the Indian Institute of Forest Management provides a management perspective to forestry and offers a PGD in forest management a more integrated and multi-disciplinary orientation is given by the Forest Research Institute University (FRI). The FRI is a premier institution, and offers courses in wood science, resource management, pulp and paper and forest produce. Though TERI of late is emerging as competitor by offering an MSc (Natural Resources Management), FRI still is considered the best to pursue education in natural resources.

The best in basic sciences is the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Set up by the Tata Trust, it is an autonomous institution under the Department of Atomic Energy. Working on seminal areas of physics and mathematics, it does world class research and has both doctoral and post doctoral positions for aspiring students. Yet another initiative that focuses on basic science education is the establishment of Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) at Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, and Pune. These institutions have begun offering integrated PhD programmes especially for young students directly after 10+2. With state-of-the-art laboratories and learning resources, these institutions would provide a certain quality of science education that would be matched with difficulty by only a few private players.


Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Pune

Integrated Master’s programme, Post-Master’s Ph.D. programme (Integrated Sciences)

Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata

Integrated MS & PhD Programme, Post-Doctoral Programme

Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Bhopal

MS (integrated), PhD

Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Mohali

MS (Integrated) Programme, PhD Programme

Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore

Bachelor’s and Master’s (Mathematics, Statistics); MS in Library Info Sc, QE

Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta

Bachelors and Masters (Mathematics, Statistics); MS (Quality, Reliability and Operations Research, Library & Information Science); MTech (CS)

Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi

Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

Integrated PhD in Materials Science for graduates

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

MSc (Biology ); Integrated PhD in Mathematics (Bangalore) and Biology; PhD (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer & Systems Sciences and Science Education)

Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences ,Sriharikota

JRF–ARIES PhD Programme in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Atmospheric Sciences

Bose Institute, Calcutta

PhD Programme (various subjects in Physics)

Harish-Chandra Research Institute,Allahabad

MSc, PhD programme in Mathematics, research

Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science,Kolkata

Post-BSc Integrated PhD in Chemical Sciences

Indian Institute of Astrophysics,Bangalore

Integrated MTech-PhD (Tech) in Astronomical Instrumentation; integrated PhD (IPhD) in Physics; other PhD (Astronomy & Astrophysics)

Institute of Advanced Study in Science & Technology,New Delhi

PhD (Material Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Life Science and Resource Management and Environment)

Institute of Mathematical Sciences ,Chennai

Post-doctoral research in Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Theoretical Physics; Associateships

Institute of Physics,Bubhaneswar

One year Pre-doctoral course in Advanced Physics (post-MSc) and Doctoral research programmes

National Board for higher Mathematics,Pune

PhD (Mathematics, Statistics or Mathematical Physics) Msc/MA

National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Bangalore

PhD programme for students registered in other universities such as Kerala University and Cochin University of Science &Technology

Raman Research Institute ,Bangalore

PhD programme in affiliation with JNU (Astronomy and Astrophysics, Soft Condensed Matter, Signal
Processing, Chemistry, Theoretical Physics and Light and Matter Physics)

Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics ,Kolkata

One-year Post-MSc Associateship Course in Physics/Biophysical Sciences stream

SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences,Kolkata

Post BSc-Integrated PhD (physical sciences); Post MSc Integrated PhD; PhD in New Areas (Nano Science and Technology, Theoretical Chemistry and Chemical Physics); Cambridge-Bose Scholarship in Physics and related areas for PhD; TWAS-Bose fellowship

Two famous physics schools and one mathematics school also finds a place here. Purists might dispute their presence in pure sciences, since they have strong application orientation, but that distinction is any way now blurring away - Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG), The Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP) and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMS). While the first focuses on two specialized domains of physics viz, geomagnetism and nuclear energy, the last one attempts to develop original work on computational mathematics and theoretical computer science. Invariably most of them are best places in their domain for research.

Barring cricket, sports has never been on the national agenda and hence institutions outside the formal education system are very minimal in this domain. While the two national sports colleges, Lakshmibai National University at Gwalior and College of Physical Education at Thiruvananthapuram offer the entire range of Physical Education programmes like BPEd and MPEd, specialized programmes for individual sports are hard to come by in the public sector.

The largest sports institution in the public sector is the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NIS, Patiala), which has specalised training academies for different sports and also offers the nation's only Sports Medicine PG diploma in the public sector. Research on sports techniques and injuries sustained in sports are also given special attention at this institution.


Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education, Gwalior

BPEd., MPEd., MPhil, PhD in Physical Education and allied areas

National Institute of Water Sports, Goa

Management courses viz. Watersport Centre Management; Communication Skill for Watersport Instructors, outboard motor maintenance etc.; short-term professional (life-saving techniques, powerboat handling etc.) and skill courses (windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing

Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports,Patiala

MSc, Diploma (Sports Coaching); PGD (Sports Medicine)

Lakshmibai College of Physical Education, Thiruvananthapuram

BPEd., MPEd., MPhil, PhD in Physical Education and allied areas

Teachers training in the conventional sense are restricted to BEds and MEds. But India is one of the few countries, which has worked out in detail the demand of technical teachers and set up three National Institute for Technical Teachers Education (NITTR) one each for north, east and central India at Bhopal, Kolkata and Chandigarh respectively. Kolkata was the first off the block in 1965, followed by Bhopal in 1966 and Chandigarh in 1967. Though initially they focused on providing in-service and short term training, all three of them offer ME and MTech programmes with specialization in education. NIITR, Chandigarh offers the maximum specializations and also has a reasonably large and diverse PhD programme. NIITR, Bhopal and Kolkata have only recently begun offering MTech (Ed.). All the three institutions are under the Quality Improvement programme of AICTE and hence any student admitted would be eligible for applying to a fully funded fellowship on offer .


National Institute of Technical Teacher’s Training & Research, Bhopal

MTech (Ed.) Programme

National institute of Technical Teacher’s Training & Research, Chandigarh

ME (Engineering Education, Manufacturing Technology, Construction Technology & Management, Computer Science, Instrumentation & Control, Electronics and Communication; ME (Modular); PhD under QIP (Polytechnic) scheme

National institute of Technical Teacher’s Training & Research, Kolkata

MTech (Ed.) Programme

Institutions like AIIMS at New Delhi, PGI, Chandigarh, JIPMER, Pondicherry and the state-level medical colleges are those institutions that come's to one's mind when discussing medical education. But a host of institutions in the public domain offer courses in medical diagnostics, child development, rehabilitation, psychiatry and immunology.The National institute of Immunology is a leading centre in entire south Asia that examines immunology as a discipline. It offers specialized PhD programmes affiliated to JNU and does cutting edge research. The Sree Chitra Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, which was initially conceptualised as a high quality medical college, went on to evolve as a leading training ground in about 12 medical disciplines and 18 paramedical courses. It is also home to one the leading publich health master's programmes, especially for medically qualified doctors Caption Health sector is increasingly getting technology intensive, which public sector cannot keep pace with


Sreechitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

Master of Public Health Programme; PhD Programme; Post-doctoral Programme/ DM/MCh/PDCC

L.R.S. Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiratory Diseases, New Delhi

PG Training for Diplomate of National Board (DNB) in Respiratory Medicine - 3 yrs

Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi

Diploma (Yoga Therapy, Yoga Studies)

National Institute for Homeopathy, Kolkota

Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine & Surgery

National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, New Delhi

BSc (Nursing; Radiography); Diploma (Clinical Neurophysiology Technology, Psychiatric Nursing, Neurological & Neurosurgical Nursing);

National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, New Delhi

Short term courses

National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research, Cuttack

Bachelor’s (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Prosthetics and Orthotics); PG (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy) from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar

Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi

MD psychiatry; PhD: clinical psychology; MPhil: psychiatric social work

National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi (NII)

PhD degree in biological and related sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University

The IITs are synonymous with Indian engineering education. But a whole range of institutions exists outside IIT system. The primary contributor to this discipline is the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). The most famous institutions in this set are the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) and Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET). The CLRI, is the nation's premier institute which provides courses across the leather sector value chain from dyes to processing to finishing. The courses range from 3-month certification to five-year PhD programmes. Slightly less known, but equally good is CIPET. Focusing on newer biodegradable plastics technology this institution too offers courses on all aspects of the industry.

Institutions within the CSIR sector which does yeomen work in the education sector are the three chemical labs, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Indian institute of chemical Technology (IICT) and National Chemical Laboratory(NCL). While the first two have structured PhD programmes, with IICT having a formal affiliation with JNTU, the last has been one of the best centres for applied chemical engineering studies. The close proximity to University department of chemical technology (UDCT ) of Mumbai University adds to the academic allure of NCL. And the last big player in this domain is the CFTRI, best place for food technology.


Indian School of Mines University, Dhanbad

BTech, MTech, MSc Tech, in mining, petroleum, fuel, mining machinery, electronics, electrical

National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagour

PGD Environmental System Modelling and Optimization - 2 year

Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Mohali

Birbal Sahni Research Scholarship for doing PhD/RA

Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore

MSc Food Technology (2 year)

Central Institute of Fisheries, Nautical and Engineering Training, Cochin

BFSc (Nautical Science)

Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology, Chennai

Doctoral, MTech, BTech, Diploma, PGD in Plastics Engineering & Technology

Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai

BTech, MTech, PhD (Leather Technology) & MTech, PhD courses in Footwear Science & Engineering

Centre for Liquid Crystal Research, Bangalore

PhD affiliated to Mangalore University in areas such as Physics of Liquid Crystals & other Soft
Condensed Matter; Synthesis & Characterisation of Liquid Crystals & other Soft Materials

Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur

13 UG programmes leading to BTech; MTech, MCA; PhD Economics

Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkota

PhD (Biology and Chemistry disciplines)

Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Advanced Course in Bioinformatics (IICT,CDAC & JNTU )

Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment, New Delhi

PGD in Ecology and Environment

Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, Mumbai

PhD in Geomagnetism and allied fields; Physics and in Geophysics/Earth Sciences

Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun

Recognised by many Indian Universities to conduct research leading to PhD in chemical science & engineering subjects

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun

MTech (Remote Sensing & GIS in Natural Resource Management); MSc (Geoinformatics); PGD (RS & GIS in Natural Resource management; Geoinformatics)

Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology, T’Puram

BTech (Avionics, Aerospace, Physical Sc); MTech (softcomputing, RF & Microwave Comm; optics)

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune

MTech (Atmospheric Science) of Pune university; PhD programme with Pune University

Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi

PhD programme (interdisciplinary areas of biological & chemical Science, molecular medicine and disease biology, environmental biotech & bioinformatics)

Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, Delhi

MD Psychiatry; DM Neurology; MPhil Clinical Psychology; DNB Neurology

Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh

PhD programme run jointly by IMTECH and Jawaharlal Nehru University

Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar

PhD in Physical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Inter-Disciplinary Engineering Sciences, Computer Applications & Management Science

Institute of Wood Science and Technology, Bangalore

PhD programme under FRI University, Dehradun

National Institute of Oceanography, Goa

PhD programme for those holding JRF/SRF

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali

MS; MPharm; MTech (Pharm.) in Medicinal Chemistry, Natural Products, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Pharmaceutics, Biotechnology etc; MBA (Pharma)

SL Institute of Engineering & Technology, Sangner

Certificate Programmes, Diploma Programmes,Degree Programmes & MTech

Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council,

New Delhi

Mission REACH: MTech in Telematics (V R Siddartha Engineering College); BTech and MTech-Food Technology (Techno India); PhD

Central Electrochemcial Research Institute, Karaikudi

BTech ( electrochemical engineering) affliated to Alagappa University, PhD

This is one segment of education, wherein the public sector had a substantially large quantitative presence outside the university system, but whose quality is quite diverse. But collectively the 27 ICSSR funded social sciences institutions do provide an academic space for serious research and reflection.


Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management, Kolkata

MBA; Master’s in Human Resource Management affiliated to University of Calcutta; Master of Public Systems Management

A N Sinha Institute of Social Sciences

M.Phil PhD

Centre for Development Studies


Centre for Economic and Social Studies

M.Phil, PhD

Centre for Multi-diciplinary Development Research

Short term courses

Centre for Policy Research

PhD, Short term courses

Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development

PhD, Short term courses

Gujarat Institute of Developmental Studies

M.Phil, PhD

Centre for Studie in Social Sciences

M.Phil, PhD

Centre for Study of Developing Socities

PhD, Short term courses

Council of Social Development

PhD, Short term courses

Centre for Womens Development Studies

PhD, Short term courses

Gandhian Institute of Studies

PhD, Short term courses

Giri Institute of Development Studies

M.Phil, PhD

G B Pant Social Sciences Institute

PhD, Short term courses

Centre for Social Studies

M.Phil, PhD

Indian Institute of Educaiton

PhD, Short term courses

Institute of Social and Economic Change


Institute for Studies in Industrial Development

PhD, Short term courses

Institute of Developmental Studies

PhD, Short term courses

Institute of Public Enterprise

MBA, Mphil, PhD

Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development

PhD, Short term courses

Madras Institute of Developmental Studies


Nabhakrishna Choudry Centre for Development Studies

PhD, Short term courses

Sardar Patel Instittute of Social and Economic Research

PhD, Short term courses

Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Sciences Research

PhD, Short term courses

Babasahib Ambedkar National Institute of Social Sciences

PhD, Short term courses

Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai

MSc Economics; MPhil & PhD Development Studies

Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi

Ratan Tata Trust Post-Doctoral
Fellowships (2-3); ICSSR PhD Fellowships (6)

International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai

Master’s, MPhil & PhD in Population Studies

National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi

Full-time Integrated MPhil-PhD

Gandhigram Rural University

BA,MA, Mphil, PhD, Short term Diploma

Indian Institute of Advanced Studies

Fellowships for advanced reserach

National Institute of Social Defence

Diploma in geriatiric care

National Institute of Youth Welfare

Short term programmes in mobilisation

Institutes like Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Gujarat Insitute of Development studies, Centre for Economic and Social Change offer structured MPhil and PhD programmes, and all admitted scholars are provided with nominal stipends throughout the programme. Others like Centre for Study of Developing Socities, Institutes for Studies in Industrial Development, Council for Social Development, act as pivotal points for research and offer structured PhD programmes with or without fellowships.

Outside the ICSSR, three institutes do seminal work in this discipline and all three of them are in the public sector. In the domain of population studies, Indian Institute of Pupulation studies (IIPS) offers one of the best training grounds for scholars and is only one of its kind in Asia. The National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) is yet another one of a kind institution in teaching and reserching on all aspects of education. Caption Making sense of these phenomena is a major challenge for social scientists

Computing in general, and Information Technology in particular, is one sector that gave an identity to India. The fore- most institution in high technology computing is Centre for Development and Advanced Computing (C-DAC). Working on domestically-built super computers, the students get trained in high end technologies. The institute is also known for its advanced diplomas in language computing, parallel processing etc. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) set up all over India, are another set of institutions that offer instruction in ICT, broadly defined. While IIIT, Bangalore offers specialised MTech, the other three have regular BTechs as well. The odd man out here is the IDRBT, which hosts a PhD in financial sector automation, a first in the nation.Caption High tech computing, especially chip-level design and integration, still remains the domain of C-DAC.


Centre for Development of Adavanced Computing

MTech, Advanced Diplomas (computing, robotics, embedded technologies, VLSI design

Institute of Hotel Mgt, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Mumbai

BSc (Hospitality and Hotel Administration)

Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad

BTech (IT and ECE); MTech (IT); Master of Science in Cyber Law and Information Security; MBA (IT)

Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore

MTech; MS through research

Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management, Gwalior

BTech+MTech; MBA; MTech

International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

BTech (Computer Sc; Electronics & Communication); 5-year (BTech and MS by Research in CSE/ECE); foreign students training

Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology

PhD in Computer Science in arrangement with IIT Bombay and University of Hyderabad

The first institution that comes to one's mind on the subject of management is IIM. But there are other institutions too. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is a fine school especially for international business and exports. A constituent institution of the Department of Commerce,it has recently achieved Deemed to be University status as well. ( See our review in the May 2009 issue).


Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad

PG Diploma in Hospital Management (2yr)

Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship

PGD (Management and Entrepreneurship) 1 yr

Institute of Secretarial Training and Management

Over 100 short term and in-service refresher courses

National Institute of Rural Development

PGD in Rural Development Management

National Institute of Small Industries Extension Training

PGD (TQM, ISO & Six Sigma; Retail Management & Logistics SCM)

National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai

PGD (Industrial Engineering; Industrial Management, Industrial Safety and Environmental Management, Information Technology Management)

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi

MBA (International Business); Executive Masters (IB); Certificate prog in export mgt

Institute of Rural Management, Anand

PGD and Fellow Programme in Rural Management

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai

PGD (Industrial Engineering; Industrial Management, Industrial Safety and Environmental Management, Information Technology Management)

The national institute of rural management (NIRM) is the latest addition to public sector management schools which offers a specially designed programme on rural management. However, the pioneer in this field remains another state-run institution, Institute for Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), an autonomous body under GoI. The PG diploma from IRMA is considered a passport to innumerable jobs in the developmental and co-operative sector as well as the rural initiatives divisions of corporations. The NITIE, is another fine management school, offering specialised programmes on aspects of industrial management, but moved on to include sustainability issues as well.

In addition to discipline-based institutions, India also boasts of institutions serving a particular industry needs as well. From pashion to diamond to packaging to construction the finest training and manpower development schools for the sector are in the public domain.

The best known school is the one that services the garment export industry, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), a premier school straddling mundane garment production as well as high end fashion. At the other extreme GoI also is home to IIMC which offers one of the most respected PG diplomas in media and journalism. RGNIYD, the only institution in the country, exclusively focussing on youth development, is also in the public domain.

Two of the finest specialised institutions, especially in Asia, are the School of Planning and Architecture, which is a leading institution in research and training in town planning and environment issues as well as the National Defence College, a one of its kind instituion in the sub-continent offering a platform for academic research in defence-related issues. Caption Construction sector still does not merit serious academic engagement


National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi & 12 centres

BDes.(fashion design/leather design/accessory design/textile design/knitwear design/fashion communication); BFTech (apparel production); MDes.(design); MFM (fashion management); MFTech (fashion technology)

School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

Graduate Courses, Postgraduate Courses & Doctoral Programmes

Indian Diamond Institute

Diploma/Certificate courses (Diamond, Gems & Jewellery Design & mfg); diamond grading, sorting, gemmology etc.

Indian Institute of Packaging

2 year PGD in Packaging; 18-month DL Graduate Diploma in Packaging for working professionals/students

National Academy of Construction

PGD (Construction Project Management, Building Technology, Highway and Runway Technology, Facilities Management) in collaboration with JNTU, Hyderabad

National Defence College of India

National Security and Strategic Studies Course - MPhil Degree in ‘Defence and Strategic Studies from University of Madras only for senior Defence and Civil Services officers

National Fire Service College

BE (Fire Engineering) is awarded by Nagpur University -3.5 yrs

National Institute of Science Communication & Information Resources

Associateship in Information Science equivalent to Master’s degree in Library & Information Science

National Institute of Construction Management and Research

PG (Advanced Construction Management, Project Engineering and Management, Real Estate and Urban Infrastructure Management)-2 yrs; 1 yr graduate programme in construction management disciplines

National Institute of Urban Affairs

In-service training programmes

National Power Training Institute

PGD, Post Diploma (thermal power plant engineering), BTech/BE (Power), MBA (Power Management)

Rajiv Gandhi National institute of Youth Development

MA (Youth Work; Career Counselling, Gender Studies, Local Governance, Life Skills Education, Youth Empowerment)

National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Graduate Diploma in Design; PGD in Design (16 sub-disciplines)

Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi & Dhenkanaal

PGD [Journalism(English/Hindi/Radio & Television/Oriya)]; Adversiting & Public Relations

Footware Design and Development Institute

BSc/ BDsn courses in a whole range of design disciplines with focus on footwear.



Central Institute of Indian Languages

Short-term programmes across various centres in India

Kendriya Hindi Sansthan

Nishnaat, Parangat, Praveen: MEd, BEd, BTC (Hindi); Post-MA Diploma in Hindi

National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language

Short term courses

Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha

BA, MA, BEd, MEd, MPhil (Sanskrit)

Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit have always had a special place within the pantheon of Indian languages and hence the public domain has three major institutions focusing on all three of them. The Central Institute of Indian Languages is primarily a research organisation and looks at literature and oral traditions in India. An accredited PhD centre, it specializes in offering short term programmes in 11 Indian languages at all its 11 centres. But the other two, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeta and the Kendriya Hindi Sanasthan, are both university-level institutions, and they come under the public sector only because their administrative control in not with the UGC. They are very effective institutions in preservation of language and culture and offer academic programmes from UG to doctoral studies. Caption Despite active state support promotion of Indian language is still nascent

Where do many of these institutions stand?
How good are these institutes and what value they offer is the question that lingers on. Some of these institutions, though not as internationally feted as IITs/IIMs, offer courses which are so unique that employment opportunities are never a problem. But some of them, thanks to the fossilized systems of the state, have begun to resemble relics of an era bygone. The biggest hurdle, as Ashok Parthasarathy, former Secretary GoI suggests, is the lack of operational autonomy these institutions face, as they are tied to the administrative umblical chord of relevant ministries. Some of them like NIFT, IIFT and others have, by achieving a 'Deemed to be University ' status, gained the status and reach to enjoy a certain level of functional autonomy, which many other institutions could not even dream of. Resource crunch is another problem many of these institutions face. Dr. Ashok Jain, former Director of NISTADS, a CSIR lab, says, 'It is always a losing battle According to him the warped view of many funding agencies, which are only too ready to fund both new institutes and new initiatives, but never comfortable about spending money to sustain a programme over a long term has led to the plethora of half-finished institutes and programmes that dot the academic landscape of the country.

Yet another issue that impacts drastically on these institutions, is the intellectual isolation they suffer. University academics look down upon these research-focussed institutions as glorified training schools, whereas the scientists and reserachers in these institutions look at universities as fossilised entitites with no real connect to real life. And the truth lies somewhere in between. The artificial disconnect between research and teaching as well as between pure and applied research has resulted in a chasm, which in India is still too wide to bridge.