Amazing Facts About Education In India

We often forget that India is the land of Vedas which means a very old country on the world map. India’s Educational system in India is spoken highly about around the world not only for its robust curriculum but also for its quality education it imparts. It was and has maintained an excellent image during the Gurukula system period and continues the legacy in the present-day international school’s era.

Below are few astonishing educational facts about education in India which will surely surprise you.

1. IIT Kanpur has its own Flight Laboratory.

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) is a public technical and research university located in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. In fact, it has been declared to be an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India under the Institutes of Technology Act.

The most astonishing fact is that IIT Kanpur has its own airstrip/aerodrome located inside the campus. Kalyanpur airport also known as IIT Kanpur airport is a private airport owned by IIT Kanpur. It is utilized by the Aerospace Engineering department of IIT Kanpur for practical study purposes. The airport to used by students to test their models, and they also have a glider flying program.

2. India has the World’s largest school.

City Montessori School (CMS) is a co-educational English medium private school that offers wholesome education from Pre-school up to K-12 (Grade 12) level in Lucknow, India. Founded in 1959 by Drs Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi with the motto Jai Jagat (‘victory to the world’) based on the ancient wisdom of Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam (the whole earth is my family) and inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and social reformer Sant Vinobha Bhave. Jai Jagat has been the school’s greeting from the beginning.

This massively spaced and spread school was mentioned as the world’s largest school by the Guinness Book of World Records which reported 64,547 students as of 2020. There are 18 branches of CMS in Lucknow alone. CMS is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations and the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE).

3. India has the first and oldest Women’s college in Asia.

Bethune College is a women’s college located on Bidhan Sarani in Kolkata, India, and affiliated with the University of Calcutta. Being the oldest and first women’s college in India, it holds on its roots strongly. It was established as a girls’ school in 1849 and as a college in 1879. Launched in 1849 by John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune they had 21 girls enrolled. The following year, the enrolment numbers rose to 80.

Over and above this, the college also has a stamp designed especially for transporting documents for enrollment to the college. Below is a glimpse of the stamp.

4. India has Asia’s largest residential university.

Banaras Hindu University, established on 4th January 1916 based on the pattern of universities at Taxila and Nalanda is one of Asia’s largest residential universities with more than 35000 students intake per annum.

The university’s main campus spreads over 1,300 acres (5.3 km) was built on land donated by the Kashi Naresh Prabhu Narayan Singh, the hereditary ruler of Banaras. Additionally, they have a campus in the south campus, which spreads over 2,700 acres (11 km) and hosts the most prestigious “Krishi Vigyan Kendra” (department of Agriculture and Science)

5. Indian government provides free education to all children between the age of 6 to 14 years.

The 86th Constitution Amendment Act, 2002 added Article 21A to the Constitution which requires the State to provide free and compulsory education to all children from the age of 6 to 14 years. This emphasizes the vital importance of free and compulsory education for children between the age of 6 to 14 years. India is one of 135 countries in the world to make education a fundamental right of every child which you must be proud of.

Food for thought:

With such amazing statistics, it’s very surprising to hear that Indian students spend 7 Billion studying abroad. The Higher Education Sector in India is the largest in the world with over 70 million enrollments per annum. Shri Harshad C. Valia International School is the best CBSE English medium co-educational school located in Andheri (West). Our goal is to provide value-driven education based on the best of the National Curriculum in a safe and conducive environment. We believe in including creativity in all our teaching-learning methods by providing exciting opportunities and experiences both in and beyond the classroom.

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