Private universities not operated by governments, although many receive tax breaks, public student loans, and grants. Depending on their location, private universities may be subject to government regulation. This is in contrast to public universities and national universities. Most private universities are non-profit organizations.

In India, privately funded institutions have existed since the country's independence. Many of these universities offer multidisciplinary professional courses similar to state funded universities; however, institutions offering single stream specialization programs are also in existence.

As of 31 December 2015, there are 227 private universities in India. The oldest is Sikkim Manipal University of Health Medical & Technological Science, with a gazette notification date of 11 October 1995.

Prestigious schools include :

  • Swami Vivekanand Subharti University in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh;
  • Amity University;
  • Lovely Professional University;
  • Ajeenkya DY Patil University in Pune.

New private universities in India include :

  • (Alakh Prkash Goyal) Shimla University situated in Shimla (H.P.),
  • Xavier's International University (supervised under Goa University)
  • University of Science and Technology Meghalaya,
  • Assam Don Bosco University,
  • North East Frontier Technical University, Aalo, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh,
  • Assam Down Town University,
  • Himalayan University,
  • Kaziranga University

who have got recognition and are duly authorized by University Grants Commission as per section of 2 f of UGC act 1956.

S. No University State Location Established Specialization
1 Ajeenkya DY Patil University Maharashtra Pune 2015 General
2 Aks University Madhya Pradesh Satna 2011 General
3 Assam Don Bosco University Assam Guwahati 2009 General
4 Assam Down Town University   Guwahati 2010 General
5 North East Frontier Technical University (NEFTU) Arunachal Pradesh Aalo, West Sinag 2014 General
6 Dr. C. V. Raman University Chhattisgarh Kota 2006 General
7 Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Raipur   Raipur 2011 Management
8 Maharishi University of Management and Technology   Bilaspur 2002 Management, technology
9 MATS University   Raipur 2006 General
10 ITM-University   Uparwara, Naya Raipur 2012 Management, Engineering, Law
11 Ahmedabad University Gujarat Ahmedabad 2009 General
12 Rai University, Ahmedabad   Ahmedabad 2012 General
13 IndusUniversity, Ahmedabad   Ahmedabad 2006 General
14 ITM Vocational University, Gujarat, Vadodara[29]   Vadodara 2014 General
15 Calrox Teacher's University   Ahmedabad 2009 Education
16 Charotar University of Science and Technology   Anand 2009 Science, technology
17 Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology   Gandhinagar 2003 Technology
18 Ganpat University   Mehsana 2005 General
19 Kadi Sarva Vishwavidyalaya   Gandhinagar 2007 General
20 Navrachna University   Vadodara 2009 General
21 Nirma University of Science and Technology   Ahmedabad 2003 Technology
22 Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University   Gandhinagar 2007 Energy
23 RK University   Rajkot 2011 General
24 UKA Tarsadia University   Bardoli 2011 Science, technology
25 Amity University Haryana Haryana Gurgaon 2010 General
26 Manav rachna international university   faridabad 1997 general
27 Ansal University   Gurgaon 2012 Trans-disciplinary Learning
28 Apeejay Stya University   Gurgaon 2010 General
29 ITM University   Gurgaon 2009 Technology, Management, Law, Applied Sciences
30 School of Inspired Leadership   Gurgaon 2008 Management, Leadership Programs
31 Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Ambala   Ambala 2010 General
32 NIILM University   Kaithal 2011 Technology, management
33 O. P. Jindal Global University Sonipat Yes[55] General [56]
34 AP Goyal Shimla University Himachal Pradesh Shimla    
35 Arni University   Kangra 2009 General
36 Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technologies   Baddi 2009 Technology
37 Bahra University   Waknaghat 2011 General
38 Chitkara University   baddi 2009 General
39 Eternal University   Baru Sahib 2008 General
40 Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Himachal Pradesh   Baddi 2011 Management
41 Jaypee University of Information Technology   Waknaghat 2002 Information technology
42 Maharishi Markandeshwar University Solan   Solan 2010 Technology, management
43 Manav Bharti University   Solan 2009 General
44 Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences   Solan 2009 Biotechnology
45 Sri Sai University Palampur   2011 General
46 Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Jharkhand Jharkhand Ranchi 2008 Management
47 Himalayan University Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar 2013 General
48 Alliance University Karnataka Bangalore 2010 Management
49 Azim Premji University   Bangalore 2010 Education
50 Acropolis Institute of Technology and Research Madhya Pradesh Indore 2005 Management, technology
51 AISECT University   Bhopal 2010 General
52 Amity University Madhya Pradesh   Gwalior 2010 General
53 ITM University   Gwalior 2011 General
54 AKS University   Madhya Pradesh 2011 Agricultural,Technology
55 Jaypee University of Engineering and Technology   Guna 2003 Technology
56 Oriental University   Indore 2011 General
57 People's University   Bhopal 2011 Healthcare
58 RKDF University   Bhopal 2011 Science, technology
59 Amity University Maharashtra Mumbai 2014 General
60 CMJ University Meghalaya Shillong 2009 General
61 Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Meghalaya   Tura 2009 Management
62 Mahatma Gandhi University   Nongpoh 2011 Management
63 Martin Luther Christian University   Shillong 2005 General
64 Techno Global University   Shillong 2008 Technology
65 University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM)   Ri-Bhoi 2008 General, Science, Technology, Management
66 University of Technology and Management   Shillong 2011 Technology, management
67 William Carey University   Shillong 2005 General
68 Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Mizoram Mizoram Aizawl 2006 Management
69 The Global Open University Nagaland Nagaland Dimapur 2006 Distance education
70 Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Nagaland   Dimapur 2009 Management
71 Centurion University of Technology and Management Odisha Bhubaneswar 2010 Technology, management
72 KIIT University   Bhubaneswar 2004 Technology, Management
73 Siksha O Anusandhan University   Bhubaneswar 2004 Technology, Management
74 Sri Sri University   Cuttack 2009 MBA, Performing Arts, Good Governance & Public Policy
75 Xavier University   Bhubaneswar 1987 MBA, Technology, Management
76 Desh Bhagat University Punjab Mandi Gobindgarh 2012 General
77 Chitkara University Punjab Rajpura 2010 General
78 Chandigarh University   Gharuan 2012 General
79 Lovely Professional University   Phagwara 2006 General
80 Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University Fatehgarh Sahib Yes General [14][111]
81 Amity University Rajasthan Rajasthan Jaipur 2008 General
82 RNB Global University   Bikaner 2015 General
83 University of Engineering and Management, Jaipur   Jaipur 2012 General
84 Bhagwant University   Ajmer 2008 Technology
85 Dr. K. N. Modi University   Newai 2010 Technology
86 Homoeopathy University   Jaipur 2010 Homoeopathy
87 Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Jaipur   Jaipur 2011 Management
88 Jagannath University   Jaipur 2008 General
89 Shri Jagdishprasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala University   Jhunjhunu 2009 General
90 Jaipur National University   Jaipur 2007 General
91 vivekananda Global University   Jaipur 2012 General
92 Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women's University   Jaipur 2008 Women's only
93 Jodhpur National University   Jodhpur 2008 General
94 JK Lakshmipat University   Jaipur 2011 Technology and Management
95 Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences and Technology   Jaipur 2011 Medical
96 Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University   Jaipur 2009 General
97 Manipal University, Jaipur   Jaipur 2011 General
98 Mewar University   Chittorgarh 2008 General
99 NIIT University   Neemrana 2010 Technology, management
100 Bhagwant university   ajmer 2008 Tgy, management
101 Geetanjali University   Udaipur 2011 Medical
102 NIMS University, Jaipur   Jaipur 2008 General
103 Pacific University   Udaipur 2010 General
104 Pratap University   Jaipur 2011 General
105 Raffles University   Neemrana 2011 General
106 Shridhar University   Pilani 2010 Technology
107 Singhania University   Jhunjhunu 2008 General
108 Sir Padampat Singhania University   Udaipur 2008 Technology, management
109 Sunrise University Alwar No General [147]
110 Suresh Gyan Vihar University Jaipur Yes[148] General [149]
111 Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management University Sikkim Jorethang 2006 General
112 Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Sikkim   Gangtok 2004 Management
113 Sikkim Manipal University   5th Mile, Tadong,Gangtok 1995 General
114 Vinayaka Missions Sikkim University   Gangtok 2008 General
115 Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Tripura Tripura Agartala 2004 Management
116 Amity University Uttar Pradesh Noida 2005 General
117 Babu Banarasi Das University   Lucknow 2010 General
118 Amity University, Lucknow   Lucknow 2010 General
119 Galgotias University   Greater Noida 2011 General
120 GLA University   Mathura 2010 Technology, management
121 IFTM University   Moradabad 2010 Technology
122 Integral University   Lucknow 2004 Technology
123 Invertis University   Bareilly 2010 Technology
124 Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University   Chitrakoot 2001 Disabled only
125 Mangalayatan University   Aligarh 2006 General
126 Mohammad Ali Jauhar University   Rampur 2006 General
127 Sharda University   Greater Noida 2009 General
  Shiv Nadar University   Greater Noida 2011 General
128 Shri Venkateshwara University   Gajraula 2010 Technology
129 Swami Vivekanand Subharti University   Meerut 2008 General
130 Shobhit University   Meerut 2008 General
131 Teerthanker Mahaveer University   Moradabad 2008 General
132 The Glocal University   Saharanpur 2012 General
133 Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya Uttarakhand Haridwar 2002 General
134 DIT University   Dehradun 2013 Technology
135 Himgiri Zee University   Dehradun 2003 General
136 ICFAI University, Dehradun   Dehradun 2003 Law, Science & Technology, Education, Finance, Management
137 University of Petroleum and Energy Studies   Dehradun 2003 Energy, oil
138 University of Patanjali   Haridwar 2002 Yoga
139 Techno India University West Bengal New Town, Kolkata 2012 Science, Technology and Management
140 Adamas University West Bengal Barasat 2014 Science, Technology and Management
141 JIS University West Bengal Agarpara 2014 Science, Technology and Management
142 Seacom Skills University West Bengal Sattore, Birbhum 2014 Science, Technology and Management
143 University of Engineering and Management West Bengal New Town, Kolkata 2014 Science, Technology and Management
144 Neotia University West Bengal Sarisha 2015 Science, Technology and Management
145 Amity University West Bengal New Town, Kolkata 2015 Science, Technology and Management
146 Sri Satya Sai University of Technology & Medical Sciences Madhya Pradesh   2014 Technology & Medical Sciences