From great education system to better job opportunities, there are many variables to consider when choosing that perfect place that you and your family can call home.
Every young student has dreamed at least once about studying in the best universities of India, and the easiest way of making your dream come true is by knowing the city first. Once you get acquainted with the city, start working towards your goal and fulfil your dream of living on the university campus, joining sports teams, clubs and fraternities or sororities, and having all the amazing experiences you’ve been dreaming about.
It should be kept in mind that schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in India contribute up to 60% of students qualifying for IIT and engineering every year. Moreover, their locations in the country’s top metropolises and cities make these schools preferred choice among students and parents as most of the CBSE affiliated schools are in these cities. Curriculum, teaching standards, school infrastructure, fees, location, safety — all these factors are crucial while making that choice.
To help you make this important decision, Jagranjosh.com has come up with the 7 best cities which will help you find a place that suits the needs of best education and better job opportunities.
1 # DELHI:
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
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Delhi is one of the finest higher educational institutes in the country. University of Delhi is a premier university of the nation and attracts scores of students each year from different parts of the country. Their alumnus has made impression in various fields–Politics, Arts and Culture, Administration, Science and technology. The IIT Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University are one of the best institutions, not only because they are the finest in the country; but they have also made their mark at the international level. JNU is very well known for its humanities courses. There are two more universities known for their academic excellence - Jamia Millia Islamia and Indraprastha University.
Some of the prominent institutions are:
IIT Delhi, AIIMS, Maulana Azad Medical College, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, St. Stephen's College, Hindu College, Sri Ram College of Commerce, Lady Shri Ram College.
In order of critical mass of IT employees, IT employment opportunities, Eco-system for startups –Delhi is on the top, it is a city where BPO and MNCs are very popular. In general, IT depends on the talent pool that is available in a given city, region - so cities with good educational institutions and large population will be ideal candidates for cities that have high IT or BPO or Software skills.
The National Capital Region, (NCR) comprising Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida are clusters of software development, which consists of many multinational corporation companies such as TCS, Mahindra Comviva, Huawei, Symphony Teleca, Infosys, Cognizant, Ciena, Evalueserve, Pitney Bowes, MphasiS, Accenture, amdocs, HCL Technologies, Nagarro, Sapient, IBM, Hughes Systique Corporation, ThoughtWorks, Aricent, Oracle, SAP, Coriant, RBS.
2 # MUMBAI:
Sophia College for Women, Mumbai
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Mumbai is a city of opportunities. For some the lightning-fast life of Mumbai can be scary but for a student it has surplus of opportunities to explore in this Maximum City. If you are planning to apply for arts, science or commerce, the city offers a range of good options.
Since, Mumbai is the heart of film-making, taking a mass media courses can also be a good choice. There are ample of media and entertainment companies in the city provide plenty of job and internship opportunities.
The University of Mumbai, which has many colleges under its ambit, is one of the premier universities of the country. The city also has an Indian Institute of Technology - IIT Powai which is world-renowned for its academic excellence and research in technology. Grant Medical College has been constantly ranked among the top 10 medical colleges in the country. Then there is Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) known for its advance research work in social welfare.
St. Xavier's College, IIT Bombay, KJ Somaiya Colleges, Mithibai College, Wilson College, Elphinstone College, Sophia College for Women etc.
Regarded as the financial capital of India, Mumbai is headquarters to Tata Consultancy Services, which is India's largest IT company. Other major IT companies based in the city are Datamatics, Patni, L&T Infotech, 3i Infotech, Mastek and Oracle FinServ.
3 # KOLKATA:
Presidency College, Kolkata
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Kolkata, popularly known as the city of joy is also the city of wisdom and knowledge. Abundant students congregate at the capital of West Bengal in their quest of quality higher education. Kolkata is home to 17 institutions, which include public universities and autonomous bodies that award their own degrees and diplomas. New colleges have been added to the University of Calcutta during the last few years. There are many new courses to choose from. Earlier, many students used to travel outside Kolkata seeking higher education. Now the trend has reversed. However, many feel that Kolkata has been unseated as the leading learning centre of the country. Jadavpur University in Kolkata is also a leading university in the country. The city is also home to the prestigious IIM Calcutta.
IIM-C, St. Xavier's College, Scottish Church College, Lady Brabourne College, Presidency College, Goenka College of Commerce and Business Administration, Jadavpur University etc.
Kolkata is the main business, commercial and financial hub of eastern and the main port of commerce and business for the North-Eastern states. It is home to India's oldest, and also India's second-largest stock exchange company (bourse) – The Calcutta Stock Exchange.
The city is rapidly turning into a preferred IT/BPO destination. More and more businesses are coming to Kolkata to set up their offices, including International Giants such as IBM, Ericsson, Accenture, Cognizant, Texas Instruments, Cisco Systems, Intel Asia Electronics Inc, Deloitte, Sun Microsystems, Honeywell, PwC, HSBC Global Resourcing, Capgemini, Atos Origin, Foster Wheeler, Siemens, and Novell.
4 # CHENNAI:
Loyola College, Chennai
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South India, mainly the city of Chennai is famous for its technical education but students are also attracted to study various other disciplines in the city. Students from Maharashtra, Delhi, and West Bengal can be seen in many colleges and not just the IIT Chennai . The University of Madras which is 165 years old is well-known for some of its exclusive courses. The university has produced two Nobel laureates - C.V. Raman and S. Chandrashekhar. The university boasts of Rs 300 crore worth of equipment and facilities. Educationists based in the city say that students need not go to other places for library and research work. The admission process is transparent and the tuition fee for courses is very economic. Another big asset for the city is IIT Madras, an institute well-known for high-quality education in sciences and technology.
The most common problem faced by the non-South Indian students is the language. However, with some endurance, one can easily pick up as much Tamil as required to survive in the city. The culture is not as fast-paced as in Delhi or Mumbai. Some colleges also have dress codes - salwar kameez for women and formals for men.
Loyola College, Presidency College, Stella Maris College for Women, Asian College of Journalism, Ethiraj College, IIT Madras, Madras Medical College etc.
Chennai has an economic base anchored by the automobile, software services, medical tourism, hardware manufacturing and financial services. The city has a fully computerised stock exchange called the Madras Stock Exchange. It has the fourth largest Gross Metropolitan Product in India.
Some of the major companies having operation centres at Chennai are Accenture, Cognizant, TCS, Syntel, Wipro, Infosys, Verizon, HCL, Amazon.com, eBay, Paypal, Polaris, Patni, Capgemini and many major global providers. The city has a world class IT infrastructures with dedicated expressway nicknamed as IT expressways, and many other IT parks promoted by both government and private entities.
Chennai was recently rated as having the highest quality of life among Indian cities ahead of the other three metros and Bangalore, based on the "Location Ranking Survey" conducted by ECA International.
5 # HYDERABAD:
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad
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Leaving behind India's more traditional business centres such as Mumbai and Bangalore, the city of pearls Hyderabad is the best city to live in the country, as per a global survey. According to consultancy firm Mercer's 'Quality of Living Report-2015', notwithstanding its top rank among Indian cities, Hyderabad globally ranks at 138th position in a list of 230 cities around the world in terms of standard of living.
Hyderabad is home to two central universities, two deemed universities, and six state universities. The Osmania University is one of the premier universities in India.
The Indian School of Business and the National Academy of Legal Studies & Research (NALSAR) are based in Hyderabad besides leading institutes like Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, International Institute of Information Technology and many others.
Hyderabad attracts students from all over India as well as some international students. The English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad is most preferred destination for foreign students.
University of Hyderabad , Maulana Azad National Urdu University ,NALSAR-University of Law, English and Foreign Languages University (CIEFL), International Institute of Information Technology, The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) ,ICFAI Business School ,Indian School of Business.
Hyderabad is known as the City of Pearls, due to the presence of pearl trading industry—until the 18th century the city was the only global trade center of large diamonds. Hyderabad is among the global centres of information technology for which it is known as Cyberabad (Cyber City).The city's IT sector includes the IT-enabled services, business process outsourcing, entertainment industries, and Financial services.
The city is known as the HITEC City and is a major global information technology hub and second largest IT exporter and the largest bioinformatics hub of India. It has become the first destination for the Microsoft development center in India and the largest software development center outside of their headquarters in Redmond, USA. Microsoft, Facebook, Apple Inc, Infosys, Google, Cognizant, Tata Consultancy Services, Computer Sciences Corporation, Accenture, Tech Mahindra, Wipro, HCL, Cyient, IGATE, Capgemini, Amazon.com, IBM, Dell, Deloitte etc., and close to 3000 companies operate from the city.
6 # BANGALORE:
M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Banglore
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Bangalore is heart of many educational and research institutions and has played a significant role in the contribution towards skill development. Bangalore is considered to be one of the educational hubs in India.
The Bangalore University provides affiliation to over 500 colleges, with a total student enrolment exceeding 300,000. The university has two campuses within Bangalore – Jnanabharathi and Central College.
There are many private Engineering Colleges in Bangalore affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University. Notable among them particularly for undergraduate degrees are R.V. College of Engineering, PES Institute of Technology, BMS College of Engineering, M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology and Bangalore Institute of Technology.
Jain University, Indian Institute of Science, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and the Raman Research Institute are the premier institutes for scientific research and study in India.
Nationally renowned professional institutes such as the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore (UASB), National Institute of Design(NID), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), National Law School of India University (NLSIU), the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B),the ICAR-National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP), the Indian Statistical Institute and International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B) are located in Bangalore.
The city is also home to the premier mental health institution in India, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS). Bangalore also has some of the best medical colleges in the country, like St. John's Medical College (SJMC) and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI
Bangalore is called the Silicon Valley of India. The name signifies status of Bangalore as a hub for information technology (IT) companies in India and is a comparative reference to the original Silicon Valley, based around Santa Clara Valley, California. Bangalore's IT industry is divided into two main "clusters"—Electronics City and Whitefield. New clusters in Bellandur, Hebbal and Challaghatta have emerged in the last few years along the Outer and Inner Ring Roads and in C. V. Raman Nagar near Old Madras Road. The City is home to more than 900 IT firms. IT firms in Bangalore employ about 35% of India's pool of 2.5 million IT professionals and account for the highest IT-related exports in the country.
The city is also called the aviation monopoly capital of India. It accounts for India's more than 65% aerospace business. World Aerospace giants such as Boeing, Airbus, Goodrich, Dynamatics, Honeywell, GE Aviation, UTL, others have their R&D and Engineering centres.
There are numerous heavy industries in Bangalore which include Bharat Electronics Limited, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Indian Telephone Industries (ITI), Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), HMT (formerly Hindustan Machine Tools), Hindustan Motors (HM) and ABB Group.
7 # PUNE:
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune
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Pune which once was called as "The Oxford of the east" by Jawaharlal Nehru attracts students from all over the world. Pune is the largest center for Japanese language learning in India. It 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. University of Pune is the second largest University in the country (based on total number of colleges), which attracts students from all across the globe.
There are several research institutes in Pune. The National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) a constituent member of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India is an interdisciplinary research centre having a wide research scope and specializes in polymer science, organic chemistry, catalysis and materials chemistry. The most prominent film school of India Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is in Pune and located on Law College road.
Other prominent intuitions are: Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Indian Institute for Science Education and Research, National AIDS Research Institute, National Institute of Virology, National Centre for Cell Science are some of the research institutes working in the biological sciences. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) operates India's most powerful supercomputers, the PARAM and Padma.
Symbiosis International University, operates 33 colleges and institutions in the city, including colleges such as Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM, Pune), Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies (SIMS), Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD),Symbiosis Law School among others.
Pune is host to several excellent educational institutes specifically dedicated to Defence forces. They are:
- National Defence Academy — NDA, is located at Khadakwasla
- Defence Institute of Armament Technology (DIAT)
- Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC)
- College of Military Engineering (CME) located at Dapodi.
- Army Institute of Physical Training (AIPT) located at Hadapsar
- Army Institute of Technology (AIT) located at Dighi
Pune is best known for evolving business centres and as one of the emerging 9 cities around the world with citation "Hosts IT and automotive companies”.
The city is known for its manufacturing and automobile industries, as well as for research institutes of information technology (IT), education, management and training, which attracts students, and professionals from India, South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Pune is also one of the fastest growing cities in the Asia-Pacific region.
As per the ‘Mercer 2015 Quality of Living rankings’ evaluating local living conditions in more than 440 cities around the world, Pune ranked at 145, second in India after Hyderabad whose rank was 138
Pune is the largest hub in India for German companies. According to the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Pune has been the single largest hub for German companies for the last 60 years. Over 225 German companies have set up their businesses here.
Summarizing the benefits of studying and living these 7 cities:
Attending a name-brand university from the top most cities will give you the following professional advantages over those who attended normal universities:
- It will be easier for you to get interviews and job offers at prestigious big companies.
- Big companies will offer you more favourable starting positions and higher salaries.
- People at big companies will have a better initial impression of you even if they haven't yet seen your work.
- It will be easier for you to get involved in a more promising start-up company.
- It will be easier for you to get admitted into name-brand graduate schools.
Studying in best educational institutes of the country may well change the way you view all kinds of things which you’d previously taken for granted.
The other benefits of living in aforementioned cities is not only limited to education and better job opportunities but cities are capable of providing good infrastructure such as water, sanitation, reliable utility services, health care; they attract investments; have transparent processes that make it easy to run a commercial activities; simple and on line processes for obtaining approvals, and various citizen-centric services to make citizens feel safe and happy.
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