India has been a major seat of learning for thousands of years. The country was home to both Takshashila – the first university in the world, and to the inventor of the digit 0 – Āryabhaṭa. Albert Einstein once said:, “we owe a lot to the Indians who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made”.
Education System in India
The Indian education system is highly similar to that of the anglo saxon countries. The stages are:
Nursery –> primary (class 1 to class 5) –>secondary (class 6 to Class 10) –> Senior Secondary (class 11- Class 12) –> Graduation (Arts & Commerce – 3 years, professional – 4 years, Medical – 5 years,) –> post graduation (1/2 to 3 years)
The Indian education system is currently mainly comprised of primary education, secondary education, senior secondary education and higher education. Elementary education consists of eight years of education. Secondary education lasts four years and senior secondary education is an additional two years of education.
Indian Higher Education
Higher education in India starts after passing the higher secondary education or the 12th standard. Depending on what you study, attaining your degree in India can take three to five years. Postgraduate courses are generally two to three years long. After completing a postgraduate degree, there is the option of continuing on with doctoral studies and research at various educational institutes.
Due to the limited number of universities in relation to the large number of applicants, universities work with affiliated colleges. These provide education and issue degrees under the name of the affiliated university. There are approximately 20,000 colleges, 42 central universities, 275 State universities, 130 Deemed Universities and 93 Institutes of National importance in the Indian higher education system.
The private sector within Indian higher education is also strong and steadily growing. These institutes offer education at everything from certificate and diploma level to undergraduate and postgraduate education. These private institutions originally started a trend for distance education, which is now very popular throughout India. Today many prestigious Indian Universities offer distance programs and some such as Indira Gandhi National Open University offer only distance programs, and is one of the largest in student enrollment.
Medical colleges in India
Taking the medical entrance test, choosing the correct course or getting enrolled in a proper institute for studying medicine are all essential steps of studying medicine in India. Listed below are the names of some of the prominent medical institutes of the country.
- All India Institute of medical Science (AIIMS)
- St John’s Medical College Hospital
- Maharashtra University of Health Science
- Christian Medical College and Hospital
- Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
- All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore
- Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi
- All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health
- Regional Leprosy Training and Research Institutes
Engineering Colleges in India
Engineering is one of the most sought after career option that paves the way for a brighter future. Since India is developing industrially and technically, consequently the requirement for skilled professionals is also increasing.
- Indian Institutes of Technology
- National Institute of Technology
- Birla Institute of Technology Science, Pilani, Rajasthan
- Bhabha Institute of Engineering and Technology
- Haldia Institute of Technology
- Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology
- Regional Engineering Colleges
- School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
- Vellore Engineering College
- IT-BHU, Varanasi
- National Institute of Advanced Studies in Architecture (NIASA), Pune
- Bengal Engineering College
Management Colleges in India:
There are excellent Management Colleges in India, where you can get Management education par excellence. You can gain an edge over others by enrolling yourself in any of the top colleges for Management Studies in India.
- Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM A)
- Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. (IIM C)
- Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM B)
- Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM L)
- Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur
- Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
- Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIM I)
- Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.
- Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode
- SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai.
Almost every university in India has accommodation facilities for all its students. International students can also book their accommodation after being admitted to their desired course or University.
In comparison to many other countries, accommodation at Indian universities is cheap. Living cost varies from place to place depending upon the university and the city. Students also have the option of working part time along with their studies. Part time jobs available are the same as in other countries ranging from – cafés and shop work to marketing and promotional activities.
Source: Educations study in India