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Students from Punjab

Punjab lies in the northwest part of India, bordered by the states of Himachal Pradesh to the east, Haryana to the south and southeast and Rajasthan to the southwest. It is also circumscribed to the north by Jammu and Kashmir. The state capital is located in Chandigarh, a Union Territory which also serves as the capital of Haryana. Punjab is considered as one of the most prosperous states in the country. It is also known as the "land of five rivers" because of the major rivers Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, Chenab and Jhelum flowing through the city. The state enjoys the fertile soil and natural vegetation.

Pakistan was a part of the Punjab with Lahore as its capital before 1947 but after the partition, it was divided into two parts, India and Pakistan. The state was further divided in 1966 with new states forming separately like Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. This state gave rise to many religious movements like Buddhism, Sikhism and Sufi thought of Islam which gained international momentum.

The important places to visit in the state include Amritsar known for the world famous Golden Temple where the bible of the Sikhs is placed respectfully, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Nawanshahr, Firozpur, Bathinda, Mohali and Tarn Taran Sahib.

CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh was designed by Le Corbusier, the famous French architect. It is the joint capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. Apart from the visit to the Secretariat, High Court, State Library, Assembly Chambers, University, Botanical Garden and the beautiful lake, people also visit Chandigarh to view Asia's largest Rose garden, Zakir Gulab Bagh which is spread out over 30 acres of land and displaying over more than 50,000 rose-trees of 1600 different species! No wonder it is called the first "planned" city of India.

Again, as a place of pilgrimage, there are a host of Gurudwaras to visit in Punjab are Sri Anandpur Sahib (the birthplace of Khalsa), Damdama Sahib and Goindwal Sahib apart from The Golden temple in Amritsar. Jallianwala Bagh of Amritsar is another famous historical spot which is well remembered and visited by people in large numbers. The history says that number of people jumped into a well located in the place to escape the firing of a British General. Such a tragic history and their struggle from the horrifying British rule can never be forgotten. Even the Summer Palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh which preserves the weapons dating back to the Moghul times and portraits of the ruling dynasties of Punjab is worth visiting.

The best times to visit Punjab are the autumn and the spring season. The natural landscape with incredible lush mustard fields makes the state a beautiful one. Temperatures range between 5°C in winter to 38°C in summer.

Punjab is very well connected by Air, Rail and Road services for a comfortable travel. Chandigarh and Amritsar are connected to major airports in the country as well as outside.

Even By rail Punjab is extensively connected to the other parts of the country. Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Pathankot and Jalandhar has the major railway stations which connects very well to other parts of the country. Extensive network of well-built roads connects the state to major cities with the help of State Highways. The Grant Trunk Road connects the state to all major cities in the North and neighbouring states.

The state is the largest contributor in the production of food grains and whaet and third in terms of milk production. They were the initiators of the Green revolution which became a major agricultural initiative in the country. These are the reasons why it is still one of the most prosperous races in the country.

Punjab has always been in the forefront when it came to education. This state actively participated in the 'Sarva Shiksha Program', a national expedition which aimed at driving out the darkness of illiteracy out of everyone's life. Primary education is made free and compulsory till the age of 14. The ratio of literacy is more than 75% at present. This is because a major focus is given on the primary education. The Government aims to increase the number of educational institutes in the state so that no child is left uneducated.

Colleges in Punjab are well organised and equipped and maintained with well-trained faculties who can guide students for their better careers. Even Technical education has been expanding in the past decade as the demand has been more than before. For this very reason new technical institutes have been expanding throughout the state and existing ones are upgrading themselves. The World Bank is all supportive of the educational development project in Punjab.

A recent study has shown that the status of education is becoming weaker day by day. Taking a look at the education scenario for the past four years, we would see poor performance, misuse of funds for the purpose of publicity. For reasons like this UNICEF has stopped funding schools. Govt. of Punjab has failed to show progress especially in Primary and Middle Schools. There is also a shortage of teachers in these schools.

Poor quality of teaching may lead to crisis in future, as both school and college passouts would find it hard to get suitable employment. Punjab had been desperately lacking in basic education infrastructure — schools without teachers and classrooms, or in many areas no schools at all. Compulsory teacher training program, that as the quality of students who do make it to technical colleges is also not up to the mark, they get poor academic grounding there too. The problem of huge quantity and low quality is especially evident in technical education. Experts point to a dearth of qualified teachers for management and engineering courses. In many cases, low-paid graduates are teaching in the colleges as there is no monitoring by PTU. A unified command chain to monitor schools is required.

Bangalore has been seen a popular destination for students coming for higher studies. Let us know the reasons for it.

Reasons for studying in Bangalore:

Bangalore also known as the garden city is India's third most populous city and Silicon Valley of India. Located on the southern part of India, Bangalore enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year due to high elevation. The city is also very green unlike many other Indian metropolitan cities. Bangalore is one of the fastest growing city in India and world too so a lot of opportunities exists for youngsters, So by studying in Bangalore, students get a better exposure.

The recruitment rate is quite good in this fast emergent city, it provides the students a platform to choose the best of careers. Bangalore is very famous among youngsters, and most sought out destination for higher education in India. The institutions have excellent teaching environments. The faculties are friendly and are ready to reach out to the problems of the students without any delay. Along with rigorous campus studies and projects, a student also finds quantity time for relaxation.

Talking about relaxation, Bangalore is a storehouse of a massive variety of international cuisines, pubs and shopping malls and a reason for the generation of a lot of disposable income by the young people in the city. Bangalore is located close to various tourist hubs such as Mysore, Mangalore, Goa, Ooty and many more. The artistic side of the city is very inspiring as there are historic palaces, old temples and palaces and monuments. Bangalore is a well planned city. Numerous multinationals have their base here. Some of them being IBM, TCS, INFOSYS and WIPRO. This also gives students opportunity to study by co-existing with job environments. And so, institutions are coming up in large numbers using the large level of campus recruitment.

As a booming IT and Financial hub, Bangalore is considered quite expensive city in India. Nevertheless students live in reasonably cheap University hostels and youth hostels. The travel and food are also reasonable. Students from all over the country as well as world come to Bangalore to pursue to long cherished dreams. Studying in Bangalore proves to be a pleasurable experience for students as the student life is very enjoyable due to diversity of culture.

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