Pune was called “The Oxford of the east” by Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister due to the well-known academic and research institutions in the city and its popularity amongst students. Pune attracts students from all over the world.
Schooling and Basic Education in Pune
Primary education begins in schools, which are either run by the PMC (Pune Municipal Corporation) or privately by trusts and individuals. Schools run by PMC are called public schools and the other – private. Majority of the people often prefer private schools because of the good facilities and also because of the use of English as the learning medium. All the private schools are affiliated either with the Maharashtra state Secondary Schools Certificate (SSC) board or the all-India Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and CBSE boards.
Colleges and University Education in Pune
The colleges in Pune are affiliated to the University of Pune. Established in 1948, the University has since become one of the leading centres for research and teaching in the country. The 400 acre campus is located in the North Western part of Pune.The placid environs and state of the art facilities provide it’s numerous students with an ideal atmosphere to pursue research in various areas of Science, Arts, Commerce and Languages. The University houses 40 departments, which provide a wide array of academic programs.
Other universities in Pune include The Government College of Engineering, Pune, which is one of India’s first and oldest engineering universities, and the SNDT Women’s University, a university exclusively meant for women. Pune has 5 Deemed Universities(A deemed university is a designation by the University Grants Commission of India that offers freedom over curricular matters as well as its own standards for such things as admissions and student fees.)- Deccan College, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Gokhale Institute of Economics and Political Science, Bharati Vidyapeeth and Symbiosis.
Pune is also home to the Inter University centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), which is a leading institute for research in astronomy and astrophysics in India.
PUMBA, (acronym for the Pune University, Masters in Business Administration Program), the in-house university management department is one of the top B-Schools in India.
The Film and Television Institute of India and National Film Archives are also located in Pune on Law College road. ILS Law College, established by the Indian Law Society is one of the top 10 law schools in India.
The medical, dental and nursing colleges in Pune are affiliated to Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (Nashik). Pune houses medical colleges that make it to the top ten in the country AFMC (Armed Forces Medical College) and BJMC (Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College).
Pune also has to its credit reputed educational institutes dedicated to Defence forces –National Defence Academy Pune, Armed Forces Medical College , Institute of Armament Technology (IAT) and Army Institute of Technology (AIT).
Pune is the largest center for Japanese language learning in India. Pune has the country’s largest number of Japanese Language Proficiency Test examinees; it is also the major location for training and recruitment of Japanese language teachers. Japanese language training has been provided by the University of Pune since 1978; since then, other private institutions and individuals have also jumped into the field. Other languages such as German (Max Muller Bhavan) and French (Alliance Francaise de Pune) are also popular amongst Punities.