Education in India
India has been a major seat of learning for thousands of years. From the every ancient times universities like Nalanda,Taxila and Pushpagiri were highly revered as study destinations. Keeping on with its tradition, educational institutions such as the (IITs, IISc, IIMs,AIIMS) have made a mark for themselves in global arena today. Apart from this India boosts of having the second largest higher education network in the world with 400 universities, 17,000 colleges and other 13 institutes of national importance. Having said this, another point to note with respect to education in India is that it also houses to a number of training, diploma-level institutes and polytechnics that cater to the growing demand for skill-based and vocational education. The Quality of education is also commendable and the medium of instruction being English in these institutions, students have a better prospect in the global market. Adding on to all this is the low cost advantage that India has over other nations in education sector. Significantly, India has successfully increased the outreach of technical education to every income group in the country with the help of distance educational institutes and open universities, without in fact compromising on the quality. The 66 distance education institutions functioning in 60 universities besides 11 open universities have been responsible for imparting education to aspiring students with limited resources.
The present education system in India mainly comprises of primary education, secondary education, senior secondary education and higher education. Elementary education consists of eight years of education. Each of secondary and senior secondary education consists of two years of education. Higher education in India starts after passing the higher secondary education or the 12th standard. Depending on the stream, doing graduation in India can take three to five years. Post graduate courses are generally of two to three years of duration. After completing post graduation, scope for doing research in various educational institutes also remains open .Education sector is taken care of by the Ministry of Human Resources Development of India.