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Life rocks in City Beautiful

Institutions such as the Panjab University, Punjab Engineering College and PGIMER are ideal for nurturing budding professionals

education Updated: May 25, 2011 09:27 IST
Jayanta Kumar Goswami

Known for its design, planning, beauty and world-class infrastructure, Chandigarh has emerged as one of the most sought-after study destinations, not only for Indian students but also for those in foreign countries, in the last couple of years.

Chandigarh, a dream city of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier. Picturesquely located at the foothills of the Shivaliks, the city has a pre-historic past. The gently sloping plains on which modern Chandigarh exists, was in the ancient past, a wide lake ringed by a marsh. The fossil remains found at the site indicate a large variety of aquatic and amphibian life. Around 8,000 years ago, the area was also known to be home to the Harappans.

Chandigarh is a rare example of modernisation co-existing with all that nature has preserved from the past.

The city boasts of an extensive network of educational institutions, ranging from primary education to quality higher study centres offering programmes in engineering, medicine, management, arts, science, commerce, biotech and hospitality, among others.

The city offers good scope of college-level education, both at the government and private level. The colleges here maintain a fine balance between student-teacher ratios. Apart from this, well-developed campuses, libraries, technology centers, sports activities, drama and culture activities are some of the prominent features of the education institutions here.

Besides the famous Panjab University, the city is also the epicentre of the ongoing education revolution with institutions such as the Punjab Engineering College and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), among others. Private institutions have also mushroomed in the last few years.

Chandigarh is also synonymous with entertainment. There’s everything for everyone. From discotheques, clubs and malls to monuments, options are aplenty. The City Center in Sector 17 is always abuzz with activity. Other hang outs include the Lake Sports complex, Rotary Club, Rendezvous Bar and Nightclub and the Chandigarh Golf Club. For those fond of theatre and art, there are some fabulous art and theatre galleries across the city. The Le Corbusier Centre and the Chandigarh War Memorial are other places of interest. While the former exhibits the life and works of Le Corbusier, the latter is perhaps the largest War Memorial of the country, with nearly 8,459 names of the martyrs who died during the Independence struggle.

Local Transport
The city has an excellent bus service run by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking. It serves as the best means of local transport besides being useful for inter-state services. Breaking traffic rules is a big no-no. The city even has a traffic park where workshops are conducted to inform people about road safety. One can avail the services of auto rickshaws, radio taxis and radio autos for short distances.

Hot Hangouts
. Café Cofee Day
. Indian Coffee House,
. Heaven Dale
. Bakes and Beans
. Shanti Kunj
. Morni Hills and Pinjore Gardens,