Universities and colleges are an integral part of our lives as it helps in building the personality of an individual as well as a nation. To many of us, college/university is a place that is next to home and a spot where we make memorable and everlasting memories. Here are few interesting facts about India related to schools and colleges.
Interesting facts about India related to schools and colleges
1.The third largest higher education system in the world
Under the Indian Constitution, every child of 6-14 years has a fundamental right to get a free and compulsory education. One of the fun fact about Indian higher education system is that it is third largest in the world next to the United States and China. 12 autonomous institutions established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) oversees the accreditation for higher learning. As per the statistics of the Indian HRD Ministry, there are 677 universities, 37,204 colleges and 11443 stand-alone institutions in India as of 2015.
2.The largest school in the world – City Montessori School
City Montessori School (CMS) is a co-education school located in Lucknow. It offers education from pre-school up to Grade 12. It is recognized as the largest school in terms of a number of students in the world by Guinness Book of World Records with nearly 52, 000 students enrolled in 2016. Winner of UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 2002, CMS was founded by Jagdish Gandhi and his wife Bharti in the year 1959, only with five students in rented premises. It has now a total of 20 campuses spread all over the city of Lucknow.
3. First and oldest university in the world – Nalanda University
First and oldest university in the world was established in Taxila aka Takshashila in between 600-500 BC with 68 subjects to study. Nalanda University was the first university in the world to have accommodation quarters for both students and teachers. Nalanda University was originally established during the Gupta Dynasty as mentioned in the writing of Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang (Hiuen-Tsang). Many Buddhist used to teach at the university as it had a great influence on Buddhism. 11th President of India Late A. P. J. Abdul Kalam proposed the idea of reviving the first university of India in 2006 and started its first academic session on September 1, 2014, with 15 students in a temporary base in Rajgir, Bihar, India. Former Minister of Singapore, George Yeo took the charge of Nalanda University as the new Chancellor on July 6, 2015.
4.Largest residential university in the world by campus size – Banaras Hindu University
Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is one the largest residential universities in Asia with over 20, 000 students. It is a public central university established by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in 1916 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The land of the main campus was donated by the Kashi Naresh, the hereditary ruler of Banaras, measures up to 1,300 acres. BHU has total 6 institutes with more than 132 departments and over 60 hostels. First Vice-president and second President of India, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan served as the Vice-Chancellor of BHU until January 1948.
5.Largest open university in the world by students enrollment- Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU)
Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) is a distance learning national university named after the former Prime Minister of India established in 1985 in New Delhi, India. It is run by the central government of India. With a total of 21 schools, 67 regional networks, 2667 study centres and 29 overseas centres across 15 countries, it is the largest university in the world with over 4 million students. It offers 226 academic programs at the certificate, diploma and degree levels with 11 divisions to take care of various college activities.
6.The personal airport of the university- Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
IIT Kanpur has its own airport called IIT Kanpur Airport aka Kalyanpur airport used by the students of Aerospace Engineering department near Kanpur, India. It is the first academic institution to have such a facility. Pawan Hans Limited, a helicopter service company began its helicopter ferry service to Lucknow in June 2013.
7. The campus which has its own private beach – National Institute of Technology Karnataka
National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal is has a fascinating feature- its own private beach including a lighthouse. Situated on 250-acre land by the shore of Arabian Sea, it is one of a kind.
8. Did you know that you could do MBA straight after class 12th?- IIM Indore
IIM Indore offers its students a 5 year integrated course in MBA straight after class 12th. It’s called an IPM course that is an Integrated Program in Management and is open to students who has passed class 12th from any recognized education board in the country. This is course structure is such that for the first three years you’ll be pursuing your under graduation and in the next two years your graduation.
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”. Our country is incredible, it has been a major seat of learning for thousands of years. So go on, seek more interesting facts that remain unexplored.