Pune was called the Oxford of the east by the late Prime Minister Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru. Located a hundred miles away from Mumbai, Pune has thousands of students who study in numerous colleges and schools spread across the city. The quality of education is much higher in Pune compared to other cities in India. The boom in education and colleges in Pune in the last decade has given momentum to the local economy. Many industries and companies thrive in the city because of a larger percentage of educated populace in this large town.
There are numerous colleges and educational institutes and many of them are successful in efficiently enrolling students from all over the country. Many students come from underdeveloped parts of this country to educate themselves in Pune and find a decent job. Finding accommodation is not as difficult or expensive compared to Mumbai. Students usually live in hostels, rooms provided for rent, or stay as a paying guest while they complete their education.
The University of Pune is considered to be one of the best universities in India and has numerous colleges affiliated with it. The quality of education is higher because of continually revised syllabus for higher education and stringent and disciplined examination policies. However, sometimes the competition to get into a good college can drive a person against the wall. Top notch colleges such as Fergusson and Symbiosis only admit students who have scored more than 90% in their XII Std. examinations.
Earn & learn
This trend has grown popular and many students work in the BPO industry that has taken root here because of the intelligentsia and educational standards offered by the city. It is now possible to earn while you learn which provides an opportunity for gaining experience in the corporate sector at an early age. However, many are lured into working for outsourcing companies only because of the financial benefits that they offer. Either way it has given momentum to this trend in the city where many students earn their living while they wait for graduation.
There are many areas in which you can gain specialization if you are contemplating enrolling for graduation. Engineering, medicine, commerce and arts are the areas that are most popular. The University of Pune is one of the largest in the world when it comes to matriculation. Other subjects include Japanese, German and French; the center for Japanese language learning in India is the largest among these.
Defence forces educational system
The city is home to many military bases and provides specialized education to families and individuals in the armed forces. Some of them include SIMS (Symbiosis Institute of Management studies), AFMC (Armed forces medical college), Institute of armament technology or IAT, the NDA (National Defence academy), and the Army Institute of Technology. These institutes are among the best in the city and in India; they are reputed for educating some of the top alumni in India.
Prominent institutes and colleges
Some of the best colleges and institutes include Bharati Vidhyapeeth International University, Nowrosjee Wadia College of Arts and Science, Deccan College (one of the oldest in western India), Spicer Memorial College Established in 1942, College of Engineering, Pune (second oldest in the Subcontinent),Ness Wadia College Of Commerce, Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, DINA Institute – Business Management, Hotel Management, Information Technology, Travel & Tourism, IndSearch – Indian Institute of Research and Management – Leading Center for Professional Management and Computer Studies, Pune Vidhyarthi Griha’s College of Engineering and Technology, one of the best known Engineering college in Pune, International Institute Of Information Technology, one of the premier Post Graduation and Research Institutes in India and Pune Institute of Computer Technology.