Indian educational system has been undergoing a paradigm shift in the recent past. India has the world’s second largest post-secondary student population of around 30 million. India has over 864 universities and university-level institutions and over 50,000 colleges, and yet the gross enrollment ratio (GER) is low with only 25.2 per hundred accessing higher education. India is far behind the developed countries' average of 50 per hundred. The Government of India has set a GER target of 30 per cent by 2020 and for that to be achieved; the number of universities and colleges will have to be increased while enhancing the quality of existing institutions.

A major challenge is educational excellence. India has islands of excellence but the overall education standards are poor. The report that 60 to 70 percent of engineering graduates churned out are not employable, speaks about the quality of higher education in India. None of Indian universities are in the list of top ranked universities in the world. All this needs to change.

Faced with a growing demand for post secondary education and limited resources, India is looking towards private / public sectors and foreign universities to bridge the projected gap. The private sector has been given the opportunity to take initiative in developing infrastructure for higher education in the country. India is a member of the WTO and has now become a signatory to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), thereby enabling high quality educational services to be offered in India from around the world. Further, the Indian economy is transforming into an international powerhouse requiring India to have the best possible educational opportunities for its citizens.

While efforts like the Indian Institutes of Management Bill granting financial autonomy to IIMs and a competition to identify 20 Indian universities that have potential to become world class are welcome, what is needed is a complete re-imagination of higher education. Universities can no longer be seen as instruments of disbursing political patronage. Research and training need to be closely linked to industrial needs with greater collaborations across universities encouraged. It is time to unshackle higher education and make institutes global in outlook and relevant in deliverables.

The Indo-Global Awards for Excellence 2018 aim at building the future excellence by felicitating achievements of Indian higher educational institutions, individuals and service providers for improving the quality of Higher Education delivery in India, through visionary thinking, process innovation and disruptive technology. Now in its eleventh edition, the Awards celebrate the exemplary work of the institutions, organisations and individuals. Sharing of good practices through this platform will surely help to raise the status of learning and teaching in Indian Higher Education sector.

  Award enables the winner to reach out to society with renewed confidence by leveraging on the immense marketing and PR value of the award.
  The award ceremony will be covered by leading newspapers and TV channels.
  The winner will be on a new high, a fast-track route to recognition of commitment to excellence.
  The winner will enjoy publicity that will establish reputation as a proven provider of exemplary levels of services.
 The winner will be able to use the award certificate in all brochures, leaflets, advertisements, websites and promotional collaterals.


Nominations may be submitted on-line to the Indus Foundation at by individuals, institutions, or organizations, specifying the award(s) applied for and for whom. Self-nominations are also permitted. Nominations should be accompanied by the Nomination form along with the following materials (soft copy) in order for the nominations to be considered by the Awards jury.

INSTITUTIONS & ORGANIZATIONS: Nomination (not more than four A4 pages) describing the nominee’s salient features and achievements for the specific award.

INDIVIDUALS: The nominee’s qualifications, achievements and resume (not more than four A4 pages).

Experts of the INDUS FOUNDATION will review each nomination thoroughly and shortlist suitable nominations to be considered for selection. The experts have broad discretion and may re-assign a nominee to an Award other than the one nominated for. Upon selection by the Awards jury, award winners will be informed by e-mail in about a month. The decision of the Awards jury will be final and binding.

Nominations received without the Sponsorship contribution will not be considered. In case, nomination is not accepted, the Sponsorship contribution will be refunded.
There is no prescribed pro-forma for nominations. INDUS FOUNDATION reserves the right to select awardees.
Terms and Conditions
  Sponsorship contribution payable for nomination of an award is: Individual-INR 10,000; Institution / Organization-INR 15,000.
  Nominations can be made for more than one award, but Sponsorship contribution has to be paid for each award.
  Award winners are allowed to attend the entire program on December 9, 2018. In case, award winner is unable to attend the program, the award will be couriered on “to pay” basis.
  In case, nominee is not selected for award, Sponsorship contribution will be refunded.

  • Awards for Educational Excellence

    These awards are presented to educational institutions from around the world in recognition of their educational excellence in various fields. Awards are given to institutions that focus their energies on overall quality of education.

  • Awards for Eminent Educationists

    These awards recognize eminent educationists, entrepreneurs, and visionary thinkers who have displayed skills in creating and sustaining educational institutions, departments or programs, pursuing new opportunities, engaging in continuous innovation, and exhibiting a high degree of accountability for quality education.

  • Awards for Educational Leadership

    These Awards for Educational Leadership are the highest recognition for individual achievement and are awarded to those who provide outstanding educational leadership in higher educational institutions. These awards acknowledge and celebrate exemplary leadership that has a significant and positive impact on higher education in one or more institutions.

  • Awards for Research Excellence

    These awards recognize excellence in research, scholarship, or creative expression. Awards are given to institutions, organizations, and individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in any of various disciplines.

  • Awards for Teaching Excellence

    These awards recognize institutions, organizations, and faculty with outstanding overall teaching record and ability to inspire and change the lives of students. They must have applied innovative teaching methods.

  • Awards for Education Technology

    These awards recognize excellence in technology use, adaptation, and development by institutions, organizations, faculty, staff, and administrators to enhance the teaching, learning, and working environment in educational institutions.

  • Awards for Student Services

    These awards recognize institutions, organizations, departments, and individuals with outstanding services to students in terms of consulting, placements, training, skill development, guidance, etc.

  • Awards for Distinguished Alumni

    These awards recognize the alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at their alma-mater.