Education System in Bangalore and Opportunities
Bangalore officially Bengaluru, the IT Capital of India is a mega city and the Capital of the State of Karnataka. Its location is on the Deccan Pleatue 3000 ft above sea level which is highest for any Indian city. In the ancient times education system was in the hands of religious leaders and not accessible to all. This was the Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar-III who first introduced western system of education in Bangalore.
Later in 1832 first English school named Wesleyan Canarese School was established. Subsequently, Bangalore High School and Bishop Cotton Boy’s School was started in 1858 and 1865 respectively. The World War ended in 1945 and King George VI established King George Royal Indian Military College also popularity called Bangalore Military School.
After India become free from British in 1947 Play Schools also called Nursery Schools or Kindergarten were established for the education of small children in the age group 16 months to 5 years. With the growth of IT industries in Bangalore the number of Play Schools risen significantly.
Formal education in Bangalore comes under the administrative control of Ministry of Education of the Government of Karnataka. Children get enrolled in formal schools at the age of 5. Bangalore follows 10 2 3/4 system of Education. Broadly speaking, Bangalore has three types of educational institutions; Government, Private and Semi-Government. Schools are affiliated with different school boards like;
- Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)
- Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE)
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
- National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)
- Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board
- Department of Pre-University Education, Karnataka
After completion of 10 years of school education students chose for either Pre University (PUC) of Senior Secondary education in one the three disciplines arts, science or commerce. Also many chose to study diploma programmes.
Bangalore has many International Schools due to presence of expats and vast IT industry.
After completion of 12 year of formal education students go for college programme. At this stage they study either General Degree Course of 3 years duration or chose for technical / professional qualification which takes 4 or more years to complete. The students who acquire Diploma qualification get choice to study technical / professional under graduate programme through Lateral Entry Scheme.
Many colleges in Bangalore are affiliated with Bangalore University. However, presence of other university colleges and autonomous institutions is also obvious. College programmes are delivered acording to guidelines of University Grants Commission while professional programmes also have to follow guidelines of technical /professional regulatory bodies. For exclusive details about technical / professional regulatory bodies please see our Apex Body Hub
Many students after completion of Under Graduate programme chose for Post Graduate programmes like Masters and PhD etc. Bangalore attracts students from all across India and other parts of world too. Due to huge presence of higher education institutions and industrial houses students consider Bangalore as one the Hot Bed of Education.