Author : EnrolmentDesk
India, July 2015. Whether rain or sunshine, if there is one city in India which never ceases to surprise then its Mumbai. Being the financial capital of India, Mumbai has become a haven for anyone who wants to realise their dreams. For students, it’s certainly a great place to be educated.
With high ranking universities like the University of Mumbai, University Institute of Chemical Technology, and National Institute of Industrial Engineering and research institutes like Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Mumbai has a formidable infrastructure for higher education.
Schools in Mumbai are either affiliated to Maharashtra State Board, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, CBSE, or ICSE. The interesting fact about education in Mumbai is that the state board runs schools in eight languages. True that the number of schools are not proportionate to the number of students, but there are new schools coming up to fill this gap. In a survey done back in 2011 it was revealed that 90% of suburban Mumbaikars were literates.
Of late, many international schools have come up due to the demand created by expat students opting to study in Mumbai. Schools like the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Bombay International School, American School of Bombay, DSB International School, and Singapore International School are catering to the needs of expat students.
Private schools that operate on CBSE and ICSE syllabus have huge demand during the admission season. Often, the process of admission might be difficult and time consuming due to the high number of applicants. However, in the case of higher education the infrastructure is pretty strong with a large number of colleges and universities.
Mumbai has some famous private schools that offer high standards of education. Schools like Bombay Scottish School, Jamnabai Narsee School, Aditya Birla World Academy, Podar International School, Activity High School, Army School, Apeejay School, B.K.M. Primary English, and Beacon High School are quite famous here.
In the case of play schools and preschools in Mumbai, all the major chains having many branches spread over the city. Schools like Coco Kidzee, Shemrock, Treehouse, Smartkidz, Bachpan, and Hello Kids have more takers.
The advent of IT in the initial stages of education came up with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation an initiative of the state government to provide IT-enabled education. In fact, some of the best pre primary schools in Mumbai have computer labs.
There are many emerging trends of education in this buzzling city that never ceases to stop. Foremost among the emerging trends is the presence of third party influencers in the context of admissions. Online education portals have emerged long back to facilitate students and parents by providing vital information on schools and colleges. This has gone a step further and now these online educational portals have become facilitators of admissions. For those busy parents who have little time to check the schools for their efficiency, these portals provide student and parent reviews and also helps seekers of admission to apply online and make payments.
As IT develops education in Mumbai might see move more towards the digitization.