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India's best colleges: Why I chose IHM Pusa for my hotel management diplomaIHM Pusa's innovations and the discipline it inculcates in students help them succeed in what is a demanding field.

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India Today Best Colleges: Quality education breaks NCR barrier, Bengaluru tops 4 streamsWhat sets the India Today survey apart is the continuous endeavour to innovate, expand and improvise.

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India's best colleges: How Varanasi helps BHU's Faculty of Visual Arts stay on topHelped by the sights and sounds of Varanasi, this institution trains students to incorporate everyday life experiences into their creations.

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India's best colleges: NIFT Delhi makes a hat-trick in fashion schools categoryThe best fashion design institute for three years in a row, NIFT Delhi fosters an entrepreneurial spirit and builds self-belief.

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India's best colleges: Symbiosis Pune is the place to go for mass communication and journalismThough it isn't the first choice for many students (and their parents), a degree in mass communication helps you gain perspective and practical experience.

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India's best colleges: Think IITians only are nerdy? Come to IIT DelhiContrary to perception, India's top engineering college is more than a study circle. Sports and hobbies are essentials on the learning curve.

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India's best colleges: Why DU's Shri Ram College of Commerce makes you ready for businessExcellence is not an aim but a tradition in this premier institution for commerce education.

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What makes Bengaluru's Christ University India's best Coders' ClubA rigorous all-round focus and an eye on the next big thing in computer applications has stood Christ University in good stead.

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India's best colleges: Why I chose Christ University for my BBAChrist University is focused on making its students leaders and entrepreneurs rather than worker bees.

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India's top colleges: DU's Central Institute of Education is uniqueAn institute that gives you not just an education but a whole experience to internalise and pass on to students.

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India's top colleges: What makes Delhi's Lady Shri Ram College the best for womenA space that makes you believe in, question and challenge yourself - the feeling they call the magic of LSR.

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Make Your alma mat(t)er: Colleges in metros still dominate rankingsColleges in the four big metros still dominate the rankings, but new courses and colleges in small towns give hope this might change.

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Looking to pursue Arts? Lady Shri Ram College for Women is the right stopThe humanities courses at LSR are steeped in its ethos of respecting diversity and its passion to be a change agent.

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SRCC students atop the college watchtower.
From sessions on supply chain to accounting frauds, SRCC does everything to produce a good businessmanShri Ram College of Commerce continues to lead with a focus on hands-on experience and a fresher perspective on education.

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Healthy mix of faculty, engaging classrooms makes St Stephen's the best science collegeSt Stephen's unique faculty-student dynamic extends beyond the classroom to enliven science.

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IIT Kanpur students at the Tinkering lab.
IIT Kanpur, where the best engineers are engineeredA pioneer in the computer and material science disciplines, IIT Kanpur is now a serious player in the patents and business incubation space.

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Even in 2016, AIIMS produces best doctors with compassion and competenceAIIMS is the obvious jewel in the crown in this year's rankings. But for students who dream of donning a white coat, it's time to read between the lines.

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Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication understands the 'demand of the day'A multiplicity of experiences and exposure keeps students at the Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication constantly engaged.

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NLSIU is still the best among legal education because of its tough examination procedureBred on greatness, NLSIU in Bengaluru is a blend of academically forthright and culturally diverse practices.

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A class in progress at Lady Shri Ram College.
Lady Shri Ram College, where the next generation of teachers is groomedCombining established elements of elementary education with the dynamism of digital tools, Delhi's top college mentors the next generation of teachers.

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Students at the Visual Arts Faculty.
BHU sets itself apart in fine arts course with 'innovators with promise'A one-of-its-kind programme, students at the visual arts faculty get to interact with, and learn from, the very best in the field of art and design.

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Want to be a chef? Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Pusa, shows you the 'hard and right' wayA rigorous curriculum at IHM, Pusa, equips students with the life skills needed in hotel management.

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Vandana Narang, director, NIFT, Delhi, with students.
Ever thought from where Sabyasachi Mukherjee has acquired that cut to design, look up to NIFT Rapidly expanding its imprint, the National Institute of Fashion Technology continues to play a seminal role for fashion design students.

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Vice-Chancellor Father Thomas C. Mathew with BCA students.
Christ University's inter-disciplinary approach makes it the best for BCA courseIn the country's IT hub, the BCA at Christ is king. All thanks to a farsighted faculty, an up-to-date curriculum and an interdisciplinary approach.

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India Today Best Colleges survey 2016 is out: Here's how we did itFor the Arts, Science and Commerce streams, colleges were surveyed in 18 major cities-Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Indore, Coimbatore, Patna and Dehradun. For the other 10 streams, colleges from across the country were included.

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Christ University, Bengaluru.
BBA course at Christ University helps students develop their entrepreneurial instinctsA BBA course at Christ University, Bengaluru, helps students hone and develop their entrepreneurial instincts.

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India's best colleges: Missing in actionDespite several reminders, these well-known colleges did not share their factual data and could not be evaluated.

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Best Colleges Survey 2015: MethodologyIndia Today partnered with The Nielsen Company and conducted the survey to determine the best undergraduate colleges in India in 12 disciplines -- Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Medical, Law, BBA, BCA, Mass Communication & Journalism, Fashion Technology, Fine Arts, Hotel Management.

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A degree is not everything, focus on soft skills tooThirty-one per cent of retail sales clerks in the US and 60 per cent of taxi drivers in Korea now have a college degree.

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NLSIU has become India's foremost law instituteIn less than three decades, NLSIU has become the most preferred institute for students aspiring for a successful career in different areas of law.

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IHM Mumbai
The best spreadIHM Mumbai's basic programme, a BSc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration, continues to be the most popular course, taking in more than 400 students annually.

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NIFT
Fashion with a conscienceThe National Institute of Fashion Technology in south Delhi's Hauz Khas has stood tall among the foremost fashion institutes in the country.

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Symbiosis prepares students for a career in media like no otherFrom an emphasis on extracurricular activities, foreign exchange programmes to hands-on training, Symbiosis prepares students for a career in media like no other.

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BHU
BHU's Faculty of Visual Arts: The tapestry of excellenceThe printing lab in the Department of Applied Arts has all equipments of the traditional letterpress printing, while the latest offset printing machine is installed just across the room.

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IIT-Kanpur
IIT-Kanpur retains pride of placeEach academic year, IIT-Kanpur seeks to delve into newer and newer frontiers of research and technology.

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SRCC
Not just commerceSRCC emerges on the top across parameters on quality of academic input, placement opportunities, student care, infrastructure. The college didn't start off as a coeducational institution but began selectively accepting women students from 1933. It became a fully coeducational institute in 1957.

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Christ University
Big byte of realityWhen the Bachelor of Computer Science and Application (BCA) course was introduced in Karnataka in 2000, Christ College (as it was known then) was among the few institutions to offer it in the state

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Christ University
The best in businessChrist University Vice Chancellor Fr Thomas C. Mathew points out that maintaining preeminence in an evolving sector like education is always a challenge.

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St Stephen's
Heady on humanitiesFounded in 1881, St Stephen's, the oldest college in Delhi, was one of the three original constituent colleges of Delhi University in 1922. Prior to that, it was affiliated to Calcutta University, and later to Panjab University.

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The science of winningThe proof of the pudding lies in the eating-this academic cycle, St Stephen's has received the highest number of applications among colleges from across the country.

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Aiming for perfectionThe country's flagship institute has once again earned the top score of 100 in all the parameters under scanner. Be it the Ebola scare, dengue outbreak or the sterilisation scandal, AIIMS continues to be the country's first port of call.

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Delhi University
Stephen's, LSR, SRCC keep DU on top of Best Colleges 2013According to the latest India Today-Nielsen Best Colleges survey, the number one ranked colleges in science, arts and commerce are all from DU. Full coverage: India's best colleges: Stream-wise Ranking |City-wise Analysis |Hubs of Excellence | Watch videos on the best colleges