Profile of Puducherry Education
Puducherry is one of the prime destinations for higher education in India which witnesses influx of students not only from other states and UTs in India but also from abroad. Being a French colony, education of Puducherry is influenced by French education and culture. The average literacy rate in Puducherry is 86.55 % as per 2011 census as compared to 81.24 % in 2001. The Government of Puducherry gives special importance to IT and management education. Apart from the primary and secondary educational institutes, the education system in pondicherry has special training institutes and research centers.
School Education in Puducherry
Because of its French connection, there are a number of international schools in Puducherry. Puducherry gives a lot of importance to primary education which forms the basis of higher education. Several schools here are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education. English, Tamil and French are taught in most of the schools. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is actively implemented in this Union Territory where children in the age group of 6-14 years receive compulsory elementary education.
Higher Education in Puducherry
The Pondicherry University offers string of courses including science, commerce and arts, The university has about 57 colleges that are affiliated. Due to quality education provided through the years, it has been accredited by the National Assessment Accreditation council in the year 2000. Some of the well known institutes like Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College and Jawaharlal Institute of Post- Graduate Medical Education and Research offers international standard courses.
Educational APEX Bodies
Educational Institutes of Puducherry