Published by Sakshi Padiyar Last updated : 2020-12-29
When it comes to the primary and secondary level education, Dehradun is tops the list of preferred locations. Being the capital city of the state Uttarakhand, Dehradun is one of the most progressive and livable cities in the state. Dehradun is surrounded by the mesmerising sight of the colossal Himalayan Ranges. It is located in the foothills of the Shivalik Range enclosed between two valleys. Because of this, Dehradun is also known as the Doon Valley.
“Devbhomi” (the land of lords) Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful places in India. It is also a famous pilgrimage spot with various places of religious importance located here. Adventure sports is also another major tourist attraction here. Many famous treks like the Kedarnath trek, Tungnath, Rudranath, etc. are visited by many pilgrims, adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. Commercial adventure tourism includes river rafting in Rishikesh, Skiing in Auli, Paragliding in the hill-stations etc. Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world also attracts a flock of thousands of tourists everywhere. People seeking peace and salvation prefer Uttarakhand as their destination. Famous hill-stations in Uttarakhand like Mussoorie, Nainital and Lansdowne also are heavily visited tourist spots.
Dehradun is the most preferred destination for the people and job seekers in Uttarakhand. Banking jobs, government jobs, teaching and coaching institutes are the top employment options available in Dehradun. Businesses like restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and resorts also contribute towards the economy of the state. Dehradun is not a very expensive city, and the standard of living here is not very high. The city is best for retired professionals as life is somewhat peaceful and simple here. Although many IT startups have started emerging in the city, and it is now emerging as a desired location by the various job-seekers.
Dehradun is the most populated city in Uttarakhand. But when compared to the whole country, it has a relatively low population.
Dehradun is an education hub and is also known as the “School Capital of India”. The schools in Dehradun are world-renowned and have an established legacy. Some of the top personalities in India have attained their primary and secondary education from the schools of Dehradun.
The elementary, primary and secondary level education offered in the city is outstanding. Boarding schools, day schools and international schools of Dehradun are considered to be top schools of the country. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council for Indian Schools Certificate Examination (CISCE), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge International Education (CIE) and Uttarakhand State Board are the educational boards followed by the schools in the city.
For higher education also, there are plenty of prestigious institutions. The Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee), Dehradun Medical Institue, Uttarakhand Technical University (UTU), Lal Bahadur Shashtri National Administrative Academy (LBSNAA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), etc. are some of the top universities and institutes in Dehradun of National Importance.
Top research centres located in Dehradun are the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Forest Research Institute (FRI), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology.
Dehradun is also famous for providing competitive examination coaching and hence attract a crowd of aspirants from various parts of the country. Medical, engineering, civil services, management and defence examination coaching is provided to the students. Aspirants can rent pgs and hostels, and accommodations are provided to suit the comfort of the students at a reasonable rate.
Dehradun is not only known for its culture but also known as an educational hub. Thousands of students from different cities come and take admission here in the top academic institutions.
As mentioned earlier, Dehradun is home to some of the top schools in the country. Some of the oldest schools in India are also located here. Dehradun and Mussoorie have a conglomerate of top schools with excellent education and facilities. Some of the famous schools in Dehradun like The Doon School, also known as the “Eton of India”, is known worldwide. Other schools include the Ecole Globale International Girls School, Col Brown Cambridge School, Welham Boys School, Rashtriya Indian Military Academy School, Covent of Jesus and Mary, etc.
Uttarakhand attracts foreign students for schooling because of its favourable climate and schooling facilities. Woodstock is an International school located at a distance of 32 kilometres from Dehradun and has a huge population of international students. The school has a curriculum that matches international standards.
Another advantage of the schools in Dehradun is a favourable climate, clean and green atmosphere, peaceful surroundings and a beautiful view of the mountains. Students do not face difficulties and are able to dedicate their time towards the studies. In terms of safety, Dehradun is one of the safest places. The city has a low crime rate, and the crowd in the city is mostly comprised of young students and scholars. The people have a secular and broad mindset, and no stereotypes exist in society. The community is peaceful and progressive with people living in harmony among themselves.