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Six great cities

education Updated: Jun 30, 2012 17:12 IST
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If you are a Delhi student and game for moving out of town, check out these academic destinations with their amazing colleges, the best of facilities, programmes and extracurricular activities...

Mumbai
To an outsider, Mumbai is the city of dreams, which attracts thousands of hopefuls everyday. For college students, Mumbai offers a wholesome experience and ensures that your college life is unforgettable. Outside college, a plethora of fun activities are on offer. Participating in workshops, attending plays, checking out eateries, and dancing the night away in the best clubs are just the right refreshment after lectures

Kolkata
Most colleges in Kolkata were established during the 19th century social reformation movement of India and have played an active role in shaping its history. Many of the institutes also happen to be the oldest educational institutions of the country. So studying in Kolkata colleges means becoming part of a proud heritage.The city is a foodie’s paradise and there’s enough food for thought with regular plays and exhibitions throughout the year

Chennai
The Marina Beach is not the only thing that people in the capital of Tamil Nadu are proud of. Top colleges like Stella Maris, Madras Christian college and Presidency add star value to its appeal to young people

Bangalore
Over a period of time, Bangalore has earned many names — Garden City, ‘Silicon Valley, IT capital and now education hub. In a decade, thousands of institutions and IT firms have come up here, creating opportunities for many

Chandigarh
All the best institutes of intellectual pursuits are set close to each other in the northern sectors of the City Beautiful. You have the City Centre with its glitzy Piazza, markets and restaurants close by... Could life be better than this?

Pune
Nestled in the Deccan Plateau, Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra and a hub of some of the oldest postgraduate institutions of the country.Its multicultural ambience and blend of modernity and tradition lend it a unique touch

What makes the six so hot?

Mumbai
From being India’s biz centre to the home of Bollywood, Mumbai also has a very active theatre circuit, great restaurants and the best of street food: Paav bhaji, ragda patties, vada paav, chaat and more. Oh! And the best colleges are here too

Kolkata
Kolkata’s colleges provide high quality education in the fields of humanities, science and commerce. The city’s reputation as a safe city and the fact that it’s easy on the pocket makes it a preferred education destination for outstation students

Chennai
Yummy blue waters! The 12-km Marina beach is super at sunrise and a haven for streetfood lovers. Being the second-longest city beach in the world, Marina is a great boon for the physically fit who love an early morning jaunt

Bangalore
The weather, one could say, is Bangalore’s USP. The warmest ever is a bearable (Delhiites take note) 36 degrees C. It’s also a city which also comes out tops in education, cultural activities and nightlife

Chandigarh
Chandigarh, the City Beautiful, is one of India’s sanest cities - being the first-of-a-kind planned city in India (Le Corbusier was the key architect). It’s green, has a lot many entertainment options and — being an education hub — ‘loads’ of young people

Pune
Pune means pure and pious in Marathi. And the city has lived up to its name in the true sense of the term. Known for its hospitality and law abiding and scrupulous people it is perhaps the safest Indian city for students

They’re loving it

One of my favourite things about this city is the beach. There are fun shops, games and good food – especially the chilly prawn that I love! - Varsha Ramesh, Third year BA eco, Stella Maris , Chennai

Since our college is located near Marine Drive, we often gathered there to plan and prepare for our fest and other events - Shradha Malik, completed BMS from Jai Hind College, Mumbai

I like the weather here as compared to Delhi. There, it’s extreme in the summer and winter ... Bangalore is developing.
I like it more than Delhi. People don’t interfere in others’ business - Amardeep, a student in Bangalore

The city has always charmed me... I love the fact that it is not as fast as Delhi or as slow as my home town (Palampur). It is the right blend of pace and culture
Itika Sood, a student in Chandigarh