Education in Pune

The first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had called Pune the "Oxford of the East"; and rightly so, Pune offers the choicest of schools and colleges and attracts students from all over the world.

Secondary Schools

Public Schools: Public schools in Pune are run by the Pune Municipal Corporation. These schools are affiliated to Maharashtra State Board. The pattern is K-10, after which the students appear for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examination. On passing this exam, the students are eligible for higher secondary school or junior college in specific streams. On passing the Higher School Certificate (HSC) Examination, these students gain admission in colleges. The mode of instruction in most of the public schools is Marathi.

Private Schools: They come under the purview of NIOS, CBSE, or ICSE. All these schools follow the all India pattern of 10+2. After passing the Class X board exams, the students gain admission in Class XI in specific streams (science, arts or commerce). On successful completion of class XII boards, they become eligible for college. The medium of instruction is English.

Many of the public schools in Pune are more than a century old, and the New English School started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak deserves a mention here.

Colleges

Pune has a number of deemed universities apart from the University of Pune (1948), which houses 46 academic departments and several research institutes, some of which are National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, National Centre for Cell Sciences and Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. College of Engineering, Pune, is the third oldest college in Asia. Fergusson College is the birth place of the Indian socialist movement and is closely associated with Indian politics. The city also has the premiere Symbiosis International University. The Indian Institute of Cost and Management Studies & Research, Pune is an autonomous business school affiliated to the University of Pune. The National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla, Pune, is a premiere institute for military training, which has churned out the protectors of our nation, the army officers. The cadets are given a certificate from the University of Pune.

Pune with more than a 100 educational institutes is indeed at the forefront, as far as imparting quality education is concerned. More...

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Last Updated on : February 10, 2016

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