1)Shadow of Mumbai : Pune enjoys the pride of location in the country, being located in the shadow of Mumbai. The shadow, provides for the easy transfer of knowledge base as well as the infrastructure, since these were readily available in Mumbai. Accessibility to Mumbai, provided a strategic fillip and a shot in the arm to Pune. It is magical that the positive aspects were readily accepted in Pune while the shadow somehow eliminated the negative infringements that were associated with education in Mumbai. Pune nevertheless provides as an educational resort.
2)Historic Perespective : Historically, Pune was a seat of learning for the Maharashtrians, the Brahmin culture that originally belongs to this place (remnants of which can be easily seen even today in the likes of various surnames that are associated with it), actually helped in promoting education. The vibrations of our forefathers still seem to be around, urging us to promote education.
3)Moderate Climate : Climatically, Pune enjoys the South Westerly winds to spread a veil of coolness to maintain the temperatures to a moderate degree. In conjunction with the afforestation drive in the city proper to provide lucid support to the green hills that surround Pune, the city probably enjoys the best of climate the country ever knows. That’s why, it is a resident’s paradise. This provides for the congenial climate throughout the year, with doses of serenity, thus acting as a catalyst for promoting education.
4)Industrial Giant : It is only a question of time and Pune will emerge as an Industrial giant in the country. Already a popular destination to a number of multinationals, Pune is fast emerging as happening place. While this actually promotes economy, the intangiable benefits that accrue, are directly in the form of education, since these multinationals employ a wide cross section of population that demands excellent infra-structural facilities.
5)Military Base : The British chose Pune to cultivate it into a huge military base, and that is what it is today. Some of the world’s finest military establishments are located in Pune. The National Defence Academy, the pride of our nation, is located in the sprawling countryside, decorating the domineering mountain tops surrounding Pune. Institute of Armament Technology, the only of its kind in the sub-continent is located here, the College of Military Engineering, the Army Institute of Technology, Army School of Physical training, Military Intelligence school, and a number of others, all of which are training institutions, provide inspirational delight for those who seek education and aare a perennial source of motivation for young graduates.
6)Seats of Learning : One of the country’s oldest seat of learning, the Pune Vidhyapheet, guiding light for many a great scholar, is spread over a wide area, incorporating almost every facet of education. The COEP, a deemed university today, SIEC deemed university, Bharati Vidhyapheet deemed university, IAT deemed university, well not many cities in our country can boast of so many universities providing inspirational guiding light to students. Many a national leader and statesmen are proud alumini of these wonderful institutions. It many times seems to me as though, there is a college at every corner.
7)Unique Culture : Conservatism and orthodoxy seem to have found a perfect balance with the fast moving jazz culture co-existing in perfect harmony in Pune. Despite all odds, the desire to learn seems to reign in supreme in every Pune-ite heart and constantly ruling every Pune-ite mind. Every street seems to have a different culture and when one reflects on this aspect, it all seems to be naturally well mixed.
Discipline : The city appears to have a code-of-conduct and an inherent discipline that augurs well with the need for imparting education. This automatically caters respect for elders, teachers, and instills a sense of confidence in the teachers as well as the taught, the mutual confidence and trust they need to repose into each other, so every essential for the process of learning.
9)Connections : Well connected to the rest of the country, the process still seems to be on, this allows expansion in the educational field. This allows easy travel and facilitates decision making in favour of Pune, as a choice center of learning.
10)IT Hub : The IT hub being developed in Pune, both at Magarpatta and at …. Attract quite a few brains from across the country and this inherently expands the learned base in the city.
11)Student’s Safe Haven : Pune by virtue of its culture and location provides as a safe haven for students. The excellent hostels and other amneties being provided by the city and the simplistic equations that prevail for utilizing these facilities, makes it safe for children to pursue their education here, even if their parents are far away. Somehow, Pune seems to have developed a reputation of being a student’s home away from home, this is the primary reason why we find students from every conceivable part of the country, including places like, Delhi, Lucknow, Chennai, Bangalore etc, not to mention of the remote places of Northeast, J and K etc.
12)Libraries : The excellent library facilities, both in the college and some private ones such as the BCL make Pune a educational attraction. Many a visiting dignitary choose to deliver lectures in Pune to make a grade for themselves and add a feather into their cap that they had a discourse in Pune too. That seems to be the educational richness of this place. Prosperity dawns in Pune, this is a well established fact.
13)Pune of the West : Oxford of the East, it is, rather it may be prudent to call Oxford as the Pune of the West, may be in reality it is being called so, could someone care to check please…. Hey Now you know why to study in Pune!!