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Top Arts Colleges in India

Published On: 07 Jun 2011 | Last Updated On: 20 Aug 2013

Arts/Humanities are one of the most popular and traditional streams across India. Pursuing a program in the arts field broadens the range of career opportunities for the students to choose from. The broad categories of the arts stream are Visual Arts, Performing Arts (Music), Religion, Law, Ancient as well as Modern languages, Philosophy, Literature and History.

Arts is a very vast field and students can choose to specialize in various subjects such as Archaeology, Economics, English, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Geography, History, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Psychology and Public Administration.

Students interested in the arts field should aspire to join one of the top arts colleges mentioned below:-


1 Lady Shriram College for Women, Delhi is one of oldest educational establishments for women in India. The college was founded in the year 1956 by late Sir Shri Ram. Over the years, the college has emerged as the excellent academic learning institution for Humanities subjects. The college offers over 16 courses in different field of studies and the campus is spread across 15 acre of land in South Delhi.
2 Loyola College, Chennai is among the oldest educational institutions in India. The College was established in 1925 by the Society of Jesus. The college obtained autonomous status in 1978. Today, the college offers courses up to Ph.D degree. The college has a total of 18 departments and 9 special Institutes. The college also has well-established research centres on campus such as the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions, Loyola Institute of Social Science Training and Research, Loyola Institute of People Studies and Research Academy for Cumulative Excellence (RACE).
3 St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, founded in 1881, is the oldest educational institution in India. The college has the reputation of attracting only the "cream" students. The campus has got the best infrastructure facilities. The college alumini includes the famous personalities such as Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Shekhar Kapoor, author Amitav Ghosh and Shashi Tharoor.
4 St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai was established in the year 1868. The college has been rated the best Arts College in India by India Today news magazines. The College has well established infrastructure and research programs in botany and chemistry. The college alumni list includes famous names such as Adi Godrej and Mukesh Ambani, film producer Ismail Merchant, Shabana Azmi , Zakir Hussain and Sunil Gavaskar.
5 St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, founded in 1860, is the first autonomous college under Calcutta University. The college offers courses in English major, political science, sociology, Bengali, history and film studies. The college has well developed infrastructure with numerous facilities.
6 Presidency College, Kolkata, founded in 1817 as Hindu College, was rechristened as Presidency College by the Kolkata government in 1855. Accredited by the NAAC as an A+ institution, the college offers integrated undergraduate programs in arts and science discipline. The college has robust infrastructure which includes experimental garden, libraries and lab facilities. The alumini list includes Nobel laureate  Amartya Sen and filmmaker Satyajiy Ray.
7 Fergusson College, Pune is a premiere education institution in India with more than 125 years of history as flagship of higher education. The college offers comprehensive courses in both Arts and Science streams. The college sprawling campus is located in the heart of the city. The distinguished alumni of the College incude Veer Savarkar, Acharya Kripalani, Ram Ganesh Gadkari, Shri Kakasaheb Kalelkar, Shri H. V. Pataskar, Shri N. V. Gadgil, Shri B. Ramkrishna Rao, Acharya Atre, Shri P. L. Deshpande Scientist Dr. S. K. Jatkar, P. V. Sukhatme, Vithal Ramji shinde.
8 Christ College, Bangalore came into being in 1969. The College has been rated among the top 10 educational institutions in the country and holds the rare distinction of being the first institution in Karnataka to be accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) UGC for quality education. In 2006, Christ College was honored with the title of “Institution with Potential for Excellence” by UGC. The college sprawling campus has well-maintained gardens and buildings, air-conditioned Seminar Halls, Panel Room, Conference Hall, Assembly Hall, Auditorium, Health Club and Kiosk.
9 Stella Maris College, Chennai was founded in 1947. The college became autonomous in 1987. The college sprawling campus "The Cloisters" is located at Cathedral Road, Chennai. The college has 13 undergraduate, 12 postgraduate programs and M.Phil and Ph.D Research programs. It also offers postgraduate diploma courses as part of academic curriculum.
10 Miranda House, Delhi , founded in 1948, is one of the premier educational Institutions for Women in Delhi University. The college offers courses in humanities and Science. The college faculties are known for their meritorious profile, versatile talent and dedication to the cause of education. The college has also produced women who have excelled in various professions.

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