The city has been known as the “school capital of India” for its world class residential institutes, propagating a method of learning, well ahead of its time
by Silky Jain
Education system in India has come a long way from the age-old traditions giving way to state-of-the art advancements. Done are the days of rote learning, with newer educational reforms favouring spatial learning with great emphasis on practical experience.
The Government of India has contributed immensely in this field to champion the objective of inclusive growth, one of the recent achievements being a substantial jump in the literacy rate from 18.3% in 1950-51 to 74.04% in the recent years. The period since the nineties, especially the last decade, has witnessed an incremented growth, owing to expansion of education.
Particularly noted should be the spreading out of education from the core metro cities to development of educational hubs in remote areas such as Ranikhet, Kota and most importantly, Dehradun. Infact, education in Dehradun has witnessed an upward trend ever since the prestigious Doon school has set up its base.
Dehradun and education are quite synonymous, owing to its rich history in honing the brightest schools and colleges of the nation. The city has been known as the “school capital of India” for its world class residential institutes, propagating a method of learning, well ahead of its time. During the last decade, Dehradun or Doon has tremendously evolved as a hub for colleges in north India. One simply has to name a stream in which he/she wants to pursue education and the options are galore in this capital city of Uttarakhand.
From Engineering to Management, Pharmacy to Medicine, Law to Education; every subject comes up with its well-known institutes. According to a recent survey by Higher Education Department of Uttarakhand government, a threefold increase in the number of engineering and management institutes in Dehradun has been noted, across the span of eight years.
Today, Dehradun has prided itself over the amalgamation of “education in the lap of nature”. Apart from the State policies, the scenic beauty and weather of the city has also promoted Dehradun as one of the more preferred locations to pursue higher education in the northern belt. Parent’s often send their wards to learn the grander scheme of life, something that is ensconced in the Dehradun brand of education. One learns to depend upon his own instincts, not just through education, but also various physical activities such as hiking, horse riding and so on.
When it comes to work opportunities, Dehradun is one city which facilitates good number of viable options. One can opt from an abundance of Non Government Organisations (NGO’s) actively working in the regions of biodiversity, wildlife, education, health and so one.
Information Technology Enabled Services or ITES, has also noted an exponential growth in the last five years, owing to the expansion of engineering colleges to the regions, as well as development in science and technology in this city. Recently, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) ranked Dehradun third in the list of 3-Tier cities that has shown a significant growth in terms employment opportunities. Sectors like academics, banking, insurance and automobiles provide ample of possibilities for young job-seekers.
Food and lodgings can be counted as one of the best in all the hill-based locales in India, catering to every kind of budget. Dehradun is also known across the globe for its rich culture and heritage with “Unity in diversity” holding true. The city is home to four major world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, proving to be a melting pot of cultural influence. The city’s culture is famous for its tradition, hospitality, liveliness and generosity.
It has been proved, time and again that students who spend their days in a fresh and healthy environment perform better at their jobs and life, than those who don’t. Across the year, families search high and low for an apt college with all sorts of facilities and education. It is one such destination where nothing but sheer learning is promoted in the best possible way.
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