Programs in India


Science and Technology (S&T) Information

The Science and Technology Division of the Planning Commission is the nodal division for all matters relating to S&T Plan formulation and appraisal of the S&T programs of six major government S&T agencies:

  • Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) comprises five research centers, three industrial organizations, five public sector undertakings and three service organizations. It has under its aegis two boards for promoting and funding extra-mural research in nuclear and allied fields, mathematics and a national institute (deemed university). It also supports eight institutes of international repute engaged in research in basic sciences, astronomy, astrophysics, cancer research and education.
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST) promotes new areas of S&T and organizes, coordinates and promotes S&T activities in the country.
  • Department of Space (DOS)
  • Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
  • Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) including the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) promotes research and development by the industries, supports a larger cross section of small and medium industrial units to develop state-of-the art globally competitive technologies of high commercial potential, and provides a link between scientific laboratories and industrial establishments for transfer of technologies through National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) and facilitates investment in R&D through Central Electronics Limited (CEL).
  • Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)

Education System

According to a reportExpanding U.S. Study Abroad to India: A Guide for Institutions” by the Institute of International Education, India’s higher education system has the third largest enrollment in the world after the U.S and China.

The flowchart depicts the Indian education system. There are over 400 universities and 21,000 colleges of varying quality recognized by the Indian government and a growing private sector. Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) consistently rank among the world’s top universities in international university rankings. Standards for higher education in India are determined by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Visa Information

Some of the visa types issued by India are:

  • Tourist
  • Business
  • Conference
  • Transit
  • Entry
  • Employment
  • Student
  • Research
  • Missionaries
  • Journalist
  • Medical
  • Medical Attendant

To know more details about your specific requirements, contact the nearest Indian consulate. Applicants residing in the USA (irrespective of nationality) can also refer to the online database of Travisa Outsourcing, which handles all the India visa requests from inside the United States as a private contractor to the Indian Embassy and Consulates.

Fast Facts

  • ACS currently has over 900 members representing the country of India
  • Editors from a dozen American Chemical Society journals traveled to India from Sept. 30 to Oct. 13 to develop closer ties with Indian researchers working in chemistry and allied sciences. During the “ACS & India: Partners in Progress”