Cities Visited
Mumbai
Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. With an estimated population of about 13 million, it is the largest metropolis in India and one of the world’s most populous cit¬ies within administrative limits. The Mumbai Metropolitan is also world’s 5th most populated area.

Located off the west coast of India, the city has a deep natural harbour. Mumbai han¬dles over ½ of India’s passenger traffic and a significant amount of cargo. It is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, and houses important financial institu¬tions, such as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) and the corporate headquarters of many Indian companies. Mumbai attracts migrants from all over India because of the im¬mense employment opportunities and the relatively high standard of living, but most end up living in shanties. The city is home to India’s Hindi film & TV industry, known as Bollywood. Mumbai also accommodates a national park, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, within its city limits.

Education in Mumbai
Mumbai, the Financial Capital of India, holds the distinction of being an education hotspot of South-East Asia. Students from all over India and even from some regions in South-East Asia travel to Mumbai for their education.

Mumbai is also referred to as the ‘Research Hub of India’ owing to its various research institutions in the field of science and humanities. The city is home to several premier research institutions such as the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).

Realizing the growing importance of Information Technology (IT) the Government of Maharashtra he constituted the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation (MKC), in 2001, with an initial investment of Rs.5 crores. The Objective of the MKC is to create new paradigm in education and development through universalization and integration of Information Technology in teaching, learning and educational management processes. The MKC does this by helping to provide IT-enabled education in all universities, colleges and other educational institutions in the state.

Among the institutes offering higher education in the field of Technology in Mumbai, to name a few are the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) and the Vivekanand Education Society's (VES) Institute of Technology. In the field of architecture, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Pillai's College of Architecture offer quality education.

Mumbai also houses some of the best B-schools of the country. S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and N.L. Dalmia Management Institute of Studies & Research are among the top management colleges in the country. They offers courses in marketing, information management, international business, finance etc. Some of these institutes also offer courses in family-managed business programs and e-commerce.

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is another institution of international repute in the field of social science education. It has made a significant contribution in the areas of social policy, planning, intervention strategies and human resource development. It offers post-graduate and doctoral programs in social sciences, personnel management, industrial relations and health, hospital management and social work.

The University of Mumbai (known earlier as University of Bombay) is one of the oldest and premier Universities in India. Established in 1857 the University has been granted a Five Star status by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It has two post-graduate centers, 354 affiliated colleges and 36 Departments.
Bangalore
Bangalore is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, Bangalore is India’s 3rd most populous city and 5th most populous urban agglomeration.

It is home to numerous public sectors such as heavy industries, software companies, aerospace, telecommunications, machine tools, heavy equipment, and defence estab¬lishments. Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India owing to its pre-eminent position as the leading contributor to India’s IT industry. Bangalore has developed into one of India’s major economic hubs and was mentioned by CNN as one of the “best places to do business in the wired world”. Bangalore hosts some of the most well-recognized colleges & research institutions in India and boasts India’s 2nd highest literacy rate.

Education in Bangalore
Education in Bangalore was provided through religious schools till 19th century, religious leaders of particular religion controlled these schools. The western system of education brought into practice during the reign of Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, when two schools were established in the region. Later in 1851, the Wesleyan Mission established a school. In 1858, the government established the Bangalore High School.

Bangalore, also known as the “Science City or Cyber City” of India has become an education hub for students from both India and abroad. The educational institutions here have excelled in the deliverance of high-standard education in various disciplines to enable students prepare for a highly competitive working environment. Bangalore has been able to achieve a high literacy rate of 83.91% with the help of several initiatives taken by the State Government and the local authorities.

Education in Bangalore is available starting from Kindergarten to Higher Education level. The Schools providing primary and secondary education are affiliated with the Karnataka State Board, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CICSE), National Open School (NOS), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), or the International Baccalaureate (IB).

There are three main kinds of schools in Bangalore - government (run by the government), aided (financial aid is provided by the government) and un-aided private (no financial aid is provided).

There are large numbers of institutions in Bangalore for providing technical and professional education like engineering, medical, law etc. The institutions like Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), Centre for Liquid Crystal Research, National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore Institute of Technology (BIT), M. Vishweshwaraiah Institute of Technology, B.M.S., Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) etc located in the city of Bangalore are of international repute.
New Delhi
New Delhi is the capital city of the Republic of India. Situated within the metropolis of Delhi, New Delhi was planned by Edwin Lutyens, a leading 20th century British architect. It is the seat of the Government of India and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. Connaught Place, one of northern India’s largest commercial and financial cen¬ters, is located in the heart of New Delhi houses the city’s World Trade Center. The estimated net State Domestic Prod¬uct (SDP) is 83,085 crores (830.85 billion) Indian rupee (INR) (for the year 2004–05). Delhi is an important commercial center in South Asia. Delhi has a per capita income of 53,976 INR. The tertiary sector contributes 70.95% of Delhi’s gross SDP followed by secondary and primary sectors with 25.2% and 3.85% contribution respectively.

Education in Delhi
Delhi is considered one of the best cities to live in, in terms of both facilities as well as educational opportunities. The presence of reputed, esteemed educational institutions, catering to all categories of subjects, be it humanities, technology, medicine or management, further enhances the prestige of Delhi which is already famous as a historical city besides a world class one.

Many of the finest Institutions of India are present in Delhi. There are 15 Universities and nearly 85 colleges; 55 management institutes ; 7 medical colleges; 10 Engineering colleges ; large number of computer institutes; 314 higher secondary schools; hundreds of preparatory schools and good number of other institutes spread across this vast city. Thus it is not surprising that it has become a seminal point of attraction for students and aspirants from four corners of India. That apart students even from countries like the United States, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal etc (find a detailed list at the bottom*) come to pursue their studies.

Another major factor which draws students from different parts of the country to Delhi as compared to other cities like Bangalore or Mumbai is the quality of education and cost of living in. Students' hostels or the paying guest accommodation system is cost effective in Delhi; they are to be found in vast numbers when compared to other metros.

Leading institutions like Delhi School of Economics, Jawaharlal University, Delhi University, Indian Institute of Technology, All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi University and Indian Institute of Mass Communication have now acquired international status. Students who have passed out of these institutes have excelled in the professional fields and become authorities on their subjects.
Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad (Known locally as Amdāvād, Gujarati અમદાવાદ) is the largest city in the state of Gujarat and one of the largest urban agglomerations in India, with a population of approximately 5.2 million. Located on the banks of the River Sabarmati, the city is the administrative centre of Ahmedabad district and was the capital of Gujarat from 1960 to 1970; the capital was shifted to Gandhinagar thereafter. It was founded in the year 1411 by Sultan Ahmed Shah. It is owing to this reason that, sometimes, it is also referred to as the city of Ahmed Shah. Ahmedabad is the hub of trade and commerce in Gujarat. The commercial importance of Ahmedabad makes the city an important travel destination in India. Besides being home to a number of important industries, Ahmedabad also has a number of majestic monuments, which remind us of the great historical and cultural past of the city. Over a period of time, Ahmedabad established itself as the home of textile industry and earned the nickname of "the Manchester of the East." A rising centre of higher education, information technology and scientific industries, Ahmedabad continues to remain one of the important cultural and commercial centers of western India.

Education in Ahmedabad
The elementary education in the city is well managed by the municipal authority or by local trusts. Schools in Ahmedabad are either run by the municipal corporation or by several trusts. The schools of Ahmedabad have their affiliation with the state board of secondary education or with the CBSE or ICSE. The state affiliated schools use Gujarati as their medium of study while other schools (affiliated to CBSE or ICSE) use English as their medium of study. There are two deemed universities and one open university in the city, which provide degree courses in various fields of higher education.

Ahmedabad has become a great seat of learning due to the presence of some renowned institutions like Indian Institute of Management (IIM), the National Institute of Design, the Mudra Institute of Communications, the National Institute of Fashion Technology and the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology. The city also holds some of the India’s big research centres like Physical Research Laboratory and the Space Applications Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation. A satellite campus of IIT-Bombay was opened in January 2009 to offer courses that will focus on the skilled-labour need of Gujarat viz. textiles, and aeronautical, marine, and ship engineering through video conferencing.
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