Delhi is a prime destination for students from many parts of India who come to this metropolis in pursuit of higher education. It may be noted that many parts of the country are still deprived of good quality higher education facilities and hence students from these parts have no option but to migrate to educationally developed cities such as Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi – with Delhi scoring very high amongst the rest. The National Capital Region of Delhi has a student population of 5 lakh+, who are pursuing higher education in 165+ colleges and professional/technical institutions.
Even at the primary and secondary school levels, Delhi has a good setup of schools with a decent standard of education. There are a good number (estimated 5000+) of government run and private run schools spread across the entire city and providing primary and secondary education to an estimated population of 35 lakh+ boys and girls. National level education boards such as the ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education), ISC (Indian School Certificate), CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling), are all headquartered in Delhi.
At the higher education level, Delhi houses many prestigious educational institutions that offer various study programs spreading over a wide range of disciplines. It is the ideal place to learn about art, culture and ethnic studies. The educational institutions here offer Bachelor's and Master's degree programs as well as diplomas. These institutes greatly stress on research studies and also conduct research projects. Delhi has to its credit some of the premier institutions of India such as the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology), etc.
For regular 2/3 year graduation courses and post-graduation courses in Arts, Science and Commerce, there are numerous colleges running under the fold of one of 7+ universities that include – University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Ambedkar University, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Indira Gandhi National Open University, National Law University, Indian Agricultural Research Institute , etc. The Delhi University is one of the largest universities in the country with several colleges under its fold providing a wide spectrum of subjects and disciplines for pursuing graduation and post-graduation level programmes. Some of the well known colleges under the Delhi university include – St. Stephens College, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, and Lady Shri Ram College for Women.
The student life in Delhi can actually provide you with an unusual opportunity to explore the rich traditions of a culture associated with India. The student community here is diverse, with the presence of national as well as international students from various parts of the world. Many research scholars from overseas come to Delhi to learn about its rich and diverse traditions. Young boys and girls moving in to Delhi from smaller towns and cities and other remote corners of India, gain tremendously in terms of exposure and overall personality development, over and above the fundamental education that they go through. The cosmopolitan culture and an aspiring youth populace mixed with the politics and other typical attributes of a metropolis and a political hub, subjects them to a wide spectrum of real life learning experiences, which are equally important part of the education process. In spite of the richness and diversity, the culture is so simple to imbibe.
Hostel & other Accommodation
Many colleges provide limited hostel facilities. However, if you are the unlucky one, you may need to look for accommodation outside. There are many accommodation options in Delhi, such as PG (paying guest) accommodation, single & double room accommodation. Students who can afford and want to stay independently can rent an apartment. There are single and double bedroom apartments available which you can occupy with a group of friends.