Beyond DU: Highlights of Renowned Universities

It’s that time of the year again when students and their parents wonder, research, and apprehend what all good places one can be in, especially when they haven’t heard of anything apart from Delhi University (DU). There are many universities apart from DU that can make your college life wonderful.

Here’s a compilation of various renowned universities and their perks :

1. Ambedkar University (Established in 2008)

Being a State University, there is a reservation of 85% of the seats for Delhi students. This makes it a popular option for local Delhiites.

The Kashmere Gate campus has hostel facilities for women.

It is a congenial, friendly campus devoid of any harassment.

Past cut-off lists show that scoring above 80% can possibly lead to a chance at admission here.

In addition to the Kashmere Gate campus, another campus in Karampura has also been introduced for undergraduate programmes.

Ambedkar might be a small university, but it offers quality education, courtesy the teacher-student ratio. It’ll be a different environment with a different process of learning-unlearning altogether. The programmes are engaging with a continuous evaluation pattern including class presentations, group discussions, regular in-class/take home assignments, etc. In short, no frivolity when it comes to studies!

Movie screenings, cultural performances, special lectures and talks, etc. are enjoyed by the students here.

It might lack in placements, something that a bigger university can provide better.

2. Ashoka University

A heavyweight in the making

This boasts of a talented crowd as the selective and stringent admission process requires not just academics but also decent ECA to get in. Thus, it is a holistic approach where your potential is deemed more important than board scores. There are no cut-offs, but an Ashoka Aptitude Test/SAT/ACT along with an essay and personal interview.

The website offers a virtual tour of the campus. A live tour is also conducted somewhere around September.

The facilities include a sports block complete with a shooting range, swimming pool, gym, etc. There are four hostel buildings with common rooms and a mess. There are 7 other eateries and several study spaces including a 24-hour library.

In terms of exposure, this university offers a semester abroad or summer abroad programmes at its partner universities like Yale, University of Michigan, King’s College London, etc. Otherwise due to its age and location, competitions are not that easy to come by. If you’re interested in participating, you might have to be really passionate to make it happen.

3. IP University

Under UGC and AICTE grants

Admissions to colleges affiliated to GGSIPU are done through a Common Entrance Test (CET).

IITM and IITNM with their good infrastructure and eco-friendly campuses are the best colleges for BBA.

Opportunities in national and foreign universities for doing your internship

The institutes routinely organises workshops and seminars for exposure to new technologies. Many mechanical and electronics teams are seen competing at national-level competitions.

In order to get placed, your academics should be in order. MNCs can be seen hiring students from here. Although there aren’t any sky-rocketing packages, the ROI (Return on Investment) is fairly good, especially for CSE and IT. In fact, USICT which is considered to be the best college under IP, is said to have better placements than some NITs.

A nice crowd from Delhi and neighbouring states can be seen here.

4. Shiv Nadar University (Established in 2011)

Although it is a private university, it is UGC approved and also a member of AIU. This is a compulsory residential campus located in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh which is a bit remote. It is alleged that the land was acquired illegally and thus, farmers protests in and around the university has been reportedly sighted.

All the classrooms and labs are air-conditioned. For the infrastructure, you can take a look at this video, or better take a look by visiting the campus yourself as it is currently under construction.

Snuphoria (Music Club), Faction, VisuallySNU and Cine-U are the active clubs. Cultural activities make the campus life fun here.

SNU has many links with foreign universities and has on-going exchange programs. Nevertheless, some students believe that there is scope for improvement when it comes to exposure.

Placements involve a few core companies like Cognizant. Computer Science and ECE branch are in the forefront in getting jobs. A ‘Career Development Centre’ and ‘Intensive Student Development Program’ are also set up for student support.

It is said that there is an ingrained North-South divide in the campus, to the extent that Telugu students and North Indian students have their own separate unofficial fresher’s party.

5. Amity University

Click here to take a 360 degree campus tour. It boasts of a great infrastructure providing a huge library equipped with over 1,00,000 books, periodicals, national and international journals, air-conditioned amphitheatre styled smart classrooms with projectors, high-tech labs, sports facilities with fitness centres, Wi-Fi, transport facilities, etc.

‘Humans of Amity’ page, as inspired by ‘Humans of New York’, can give you a glimpse of what the people in campus are like. Notable alumni include,

  • Piyush Jain (COO, IBN7)
  • Gaurav Dua (Director, CRISIL)
  • Ashim Das Mathur (Head of Marketing, Dolby Labs)
  • Manu Sharma (VP, HSBC)
  • Smita Sharma (Director, Sony Pictures)
  • Ronjon Singh Sodhi (Double Trap Shooting Gold Medalist, Asiad And ISSF World Cup).

Amity, Noida is recognised by UGC and Amity Law School is associated with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.

A placement cell has been put in place which is organised by the students with the help of experienced faculty.

If you push yourself hard enough, no matter which college you belong to, you will succeed. Enthusiasm, passion, and dedication are detrimental, even if your privileges are at a bare minimum. There is more to Delhi than DU!


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