Education opportunities in India are endless, with a huge number of colleges being available in all the states to assist students in getting education in their desired stream. India has an impressive list of colleges sprawled across its major states and cities. Apart from undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses, there are many training and diploma-level institutes and polytechnics that cater to the growing demand for skill-based and vocational education.
Due to the limited number of universities in relation to the large number of applicants, universities work with affiliated colleges. These provide education and issue degrees under the name of the affiliated university. There are approximately 20,000 colleges, 42 central universities, 130 Deemed universities and 93 institutes of National importance in the Indian Higher education system. The private sector within Indian Higher education is also strong and steadily growing. These institutes offer education at everything from certificate and diploma level to undergraduate and postgraduate education. These private institutions originally started a trend for distance education, which is now very popular throughout India. Today many prestigious Indian Universities offer distance programs and some such as Indira Gandhi National open University offers only distance programs and is one of the largest in student enrolment.
There are quite a good number of educational institutes in India that can compete with the best educational institutes of the world, the Indian Institutes of Technology were placed 50th in the world and 2nd in the field of engineering by Times Higher World University Rankings. The National Law School of India University is highly regarded, with some of its students being awarded Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford University, and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is consistently rated the top medical school in the country. Indian Institute of Management (IIMS) is the top management institute in India. Indian Technical Education is very strong these days and there are several thousand colleges in India, which provides technical education. Apart from above mentioned courses, one can also study some unique courses that were discovered and developed by the traditional knowledge systems of India. Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Yoga and Hindi are some courses that enthuse many national and international students.