LPU, Amity, Chitkara and CU have become North India’s most popular universities
Colleges in India have covered leaps and bounds in the past few years. A decade back, most students in India had to depend on top government colleges such as IITs, IIMs and DU for quality education. However, the lack of vacancies in government colleges was becoming an issue.
The advent of private colleges with state of the art infrastructure gave aspirants a chance to pursue college at the highest level. Universities such as Amity, LPU, and Chitkara have changed the face of education in India. Many students now have access to top-draw resources at theses colleges such as state of the art labs, libraries, extra-curricular clubs and chapters.
These three colleges have a lot in common. All of them are private universities with a wide array of students at their campuses. Most of them are much younger than their counterparts in the country and all of them have a strong record in terms of infrastructure and placements. Which amongst them though takes the cherry? Which is better, Amity, LPU or CU?
LPU vs Amity vs CU: The Factors
Before delving into the debate over which college beats the other, it is important to define the parameters which will be used to choose the best amongst the given set. These parameters are listed below.
For any college in India, placements are a fundamental factor to consider. Living in a service-intensive nation, there has never been more demand for technically adept graduates. Existing in times of such high demand, colleges are expected to have well-connected placement cells at their respective campuses.
A college shouldn’t have a bad name in the industry. Not only does this impact placement, but the stigma of a bad repute college sticks with a graduate forever.
A good college provides a plethora of facilities to its students such as labs, sports amenities, gym, library, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Besides these facilities, other factors like hostel accommodation and proximity of hostel and main campus will also be taken into account.
- Student to Faculty Ratio
Almost all of the colleges being compared here have a huge number of people on the campus. Student to faculty ratio can be a defining factor while choosing amongst these colleges.
The proximity of college to cities can sometimes play a crucial part in the placement process. Companies tend to prefer students from colleges located in cities due to factors such as exposure and cultural familiarity.
Lovely Professional University (LPU)
Spread over 600 acres, Lovely Professional University (LPU) is one of Punjab’s biggest universities. Offering over 200 programmes over multiple disciplines such as diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate, LPU covers most fields of study which are prevalent in India.
Every year, nearly 24,000 students graduate from LPU across all disciplines. Accredited by most technical bodies such as UGC, NCTE, PCI, IAP, COA, BCI, and AIU, LPU has covered massive ground since being founded back in 2005. Already amongst the top private colleges’ students keep on their checklist, the potential for LPU to grow further seems apparent.
For LPU admission, candidates have to appear for LPU National Admission and Scholarship Test (NEST) for undergraduate admissions. Besides admissions, LPU-NEST is also a scholarship evaluation exam. The exam score in NEST plays a part in determining the scholarship awarded to each students over the course of his/her undergraduate programme. Application fee of LPU-NEST is ? 700/-
The courses offered at LPU range from engineering and medicine to business and humanities. These courses are divided at LPU into different schools of study.
School of Agriculture
School of Bioengineering and Biosciences
School of Business
School of Civil Engineering
School of Computer Applications
School of Computer Science and Engineering
School of Electronics and Electrical Engineering
School of Fashion Design
School of Hotel Management and Tourism
School of Journalism, Films, and Creative Arts
School of Law
School of Arts and Languages
School of Architecture and Design
School of Education
School of Mechanical Engineering
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Chemical Engineering and Physical Sciences
School of Polytechnic
School of Physiotherapy and Paramedic Sciences
School of Physical Education
These schools cover nearly 200 programmes encompassing practically all fields of study offered in India. Unlike other colleges with a multi-city multi-campus approach, LPU has tried to imbibe the US system of one city one campus format.
Lovely Professional University fees and scholarships offered are tabled below:
|Course||Fee (per year in ?)|
|Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)||1,89,000|
|Masters in Business Administration (MBA)||1,99,000|
|Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)||1,29,000|
|B.Tech + MBA (Integrated )||2,09,000 (Five year programme)|
1,89,000 (Second year onwards)
|Masters of Technology (M.Tech)||1,29,000|
|Masters of Science (M.Sc)||1,09,000|
|Bachelors of Arts||69,000|
|Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA)||99,000|
|Masters of Computer Applications (MCA)||1,49,000|
|Bachelor of Law (L.L.B)||1,09,000|
|BA + LLB||1,49,000 (Five year programme)|
LPU is also known for its solid scholarship programme. Many eligible students are given scholarships of up to 100% on tuition fees. The criteria for scholarships are listed below. The students have to clear only one of the criterions to obtain a scholarship.
- On the basis of percentage in 10th
- On the basis of percentage in 12th
- On the basis of percentage in graduation (for post-graduate courses)
- On the basis of score in LPU-NEST (for engineering students)
- On the basis of National Level Tests (e.g. NEET, NATA, GATE, GPAT, CLAT and LSAT)
- On the basis of Sports, Culture, R&D, Co-curricular, Social Service and Bravery Awards
- Concession for defense, CRPF personnel or their dependents
- For education board toppers
- For orphaned aspirants
- For disabled people
Trend of placements at LPU between 2011 and 2016
Besides the accreditations, most alumni of LPU mention the state of the art facilities offered. Amenities like in-campus hostel facilities, career counseling, medical center, library, Wi-Fi enabled campus, gyms, Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) enabled classrooms, sports and in-house shopping centers are provided by the college.
Amity University is the college of study for over 1,25,000 students as per current figures. The task of providing a set standard of education is nothing short of remarkable considering the number of students enrolling into Amity every year.
Recognized by UGC, graded ‘A’ by NAAC and a member of Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Amity isn’t short of certificates and accolades. Amity University courses are offered across all disciplines such as undergraduate, post-graduate, diploma and doctorate. No stone is left unturned to offer a plethora of options to students thinking of joining Amity.
Amity is spread across eighteen campuses in India and abroad. Some of its main campuses in India include Noida, Lucknow, Jaipur, Gurgaon, Gwalior, Mumbai, Raipur, Kolkata and Ranchi and foreign campuses include Dubai, London, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.
Most Amity University admissions are granted on the basis of performance in board exams. Students scoring over 80% are offered direct admission to Amity University. For other students, the admission hinges only on the details in the application form to be submitted to Amity University. The cost of the Amity University application form is ? 1,100/-
The fee differs with different Amity University courses offered across all disciplines. The Amity University fee structure is tabulated below.
|Course||Fee per year (in ?)|
|Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech)||2,71,151|
|Masters in Business Administration (MBA)||4,50,750|
|Bachelor of Arts (BA)||65,513|
|Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)||1,09,648|
|Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)||3,59,747|
|Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)||2,05,274|
|Bachelor of Law (L.L.B)||2,34,770|
|Masters of Technology (M.Tech)||1,51,450|
|Masters of Computer Applications (MCA)||2,16,833|
|B.Tech + MBonA||4,36,020|
|B.Tech + M.Tech||2,54,864|
|BA + LLB||2,95,753|
Scholarships at Amity are awarded on the basis of performance in 12th board examinations for admission to undergraduate programmers. The eligibility is tabulated below. The percentages are excluding subjects such as Physical Education, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, vocational and non-written subjects.
|Campus Scholarship||Noida||Gurgoan||Lucknow||Jaipur||Gwalior||Kolkata||Greater Noida||Mumbai||Raipur||Ranchi|
These scholarships offered by Amity come at a precondition. Students applying for 100% scholarships have to be amongst the top 5% on the merit list after the first year and the top 10% for 50% scholarship applicants.
Another university from Punjab, Chitkara is a private institution established in 2010. Located at the crux of five cities - Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ambala and Patiala, Chitkara is one of the most renowned private universities in North India.
Courses from fields such as engineering, management, and pharmacy are offered at Chitkara University across all divisions of education, namely undergraduate, post-graduate, diploma and doctorate. Accredited by UGC, Council of Architecture (COA), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) and Indian Nursing Council (INC), Chitkara was graded ‘B’ by NAAC IN 2016.
The facilities at Chitkara are top-draw, highlighting the honest effort made to develop a holistically suitable environment for students to study in. Some of these facilities AT Chitkara include modern laboratories, Wi-Fi enabled campus, amphitheatre-like classrooms, and a focus on ICT enabled teaching methods.
Admission at Chitkara is based primarily on performance in standard examinations. The different criteria for each course at Chitkara are listed below.
|Courses at Chitkara||Minimum board exam criteria||Qualifying exam/round|
|Bachelor in Engineering (B.E)||60% aggregate||JEE-Mains|
|Bachelor in Computer Applications (BCA)||50% aggregate||Personal Interview|
|Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA)||50% aggregate||Personal Interview|
|Bachelor of Arts (BA)||Passed||Personal Interview|
|Bachelor in Science||Passed||Personal Interview|
The Chitkara University fee structure is tabulated below with the courses on offer.
|Courses||Fee per year (in ?)|
|Bachelor in Engineering (B.E)||1,54,000|
|Masters of Business Administration (MBA)||2,23,000|
|Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)||84,667|
|Bachelor of Arts (BA)||1,04,667|
|Masters of Computer Applications (MCA)||1,47,000|
|Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)||86,667|
|Bachelor of Pharmacy||1,14,000|
Chitkara University has a total of two campuses, one in Rajpura (Punjab) and the other in Baddi (Himachal Pradesh). The reviews of alumni regarding Chitkara are generally decent. Like many colleges in India, the main distinguishing parameter is placement, and most alumni have nice things to say regarding Chitkara University placements.
As the name suggests, Chandigarh University is located in Chandigarh on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway. Established recently back in 2012, Chandigarh University has already made a strong name for itself despite its relatively less timeframe. Already competing with the likes of Chitkara and LPU, Chandigarh University is expected to have a bright future in the coming years.
Chandigarh University has a strong placement record despite being younger compared to other colleges
It has been accredited by UGC, AIU and International Association of Universities (IAU). Touted to be amongst the fastest growing universities in India, Chandigarh University has fast become one of Punjab’s biggest technical institutions. The admission procedure at Chandigarh University involves simply applying online. The university gets in touch with the applicants themselves.
The fee structure corresponding to the courses offered at Chandigarh University is given below:
|Courses||Fee per year (in ?)|
|Master of Business Administration||1,69,000|
|Bachelor of Engineering (B.E)||1,39,000|
|Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)||59,000|
|Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)||65,000|
|Bachelor of Arts (BA)||79,000|
|Masters of Computer Applications (MCA)||1,04,000|
|Bachelor of Law (LLB)||79,000|
|BA + LLB||79,000|
LPU vs Amity vs Chitkara vs Chandigarh: An analysis
To do a complete comparison between these four colleges is difficult, considering their similar characteristics. The table below does a relative analysis between these four colleges alone.
|University||Placement in ?||Perception (Out of 10)||Infrastructure (out of five)||Student to faculty ratio||Location (out of 5)||
MHRD/NIRF ranking (2017)
Lovely Professional University (LPU)
Not participated in survey
|Average: 3.5 LPA|
|Highest: 1.2 CRORE PA|
|Average: 3.7 LPA|
|Highest: 18 LPA|
|Highest: 12 LPA|
Not participated in survey
|Average: 3.5 LPA|
|Highest: 22 LPA|
Let us analyze each factor one at a time.
Though the general percentage is impressive, most of these jobs are offered in the IT sector. Core jobs are drying up across India and IT is the only field willing to hire students in droves. This is the reason why most colleges in India have been able to get most of their students placed, albeit at a low pay package.
As apparent from the table, placements across these universities are very similar. High packages are generally predicated upon the individual brilliance of a student. Average packages swivel around a similar pivot amongst these universities.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between those are the doors of perception. -Aldous Huxley
Every popular college is borne of perception. It can be good, bad or simple, but nobody denies the detrimental nature of perception during college admissions. With a plethora of universities and colleges opening doors, institutes are careful while maintaining a spotless record coming to reputation and perception.
Amity University topples others in this category. Besides boasting of one India’s best campuses, Amity also has maintained a spotless record with regards to admissions and has gained plaudits for its scholarship programme. Chandigarh University, still being relatively new is still trying to improve its score here. With a decent placement record, one can expect CU to rise even more.
Chitkara has fallen off late due to a controversy surrounding its engineering programme not being approved by AICTE. Although no such action has been taken, students are known to hesitate from taking admission upon the slightest of error. LPU, like Amity, has steadily grown in stature over the past few years.
All of the aforementioned universities have top-draw infrastructural facilities. This is one of the major factors which pull prospective students to certain universities. The best private universities in India, BITS, VIT, and others have incredible campuses. Thus, besides having strong placements, infrastructure plays a prominent role in shaping a university’s perception.
- Student to Faculty ratio
Due to the voluminous intake of students, student-faculty ratio across these colleges is very poor. Hiring faculties to manage this high intake is nearly impossible, and because of this reason, most of these colleges suffer a lop-sided student to faculty ratio.
This is something government bodies such as UGC and AICTE should put these universities on notice for.
Amity University comes out on top in this category due to its proximity to Delhi. Chandigarh University does well in this category too due to its placement near Chandigarh. LPU and Chitkara fall behind in this category due to their relative disparity from urban cities.