Pune has been bestowed with the title of Oxford of the East for definite reasons. Its journey as a student/educational hub started in 1857 when stalwarts and freedom fighters such as Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, G G Agarkar and Dhondo Keshav Karve realized that it was important to strengthen the educational system to fight against British imperialism. The Deccan Education Society was born as a foundation and slowly and steadily it led to the growth of prominent colleges and institutes. So MetroMela decided to list the oldest educational institutes which sowed the seeds of learning in the city.
Yeravada, Vishrantwadi, Pune – 411006.
Tel - 020-26698744
Built in the Neo Gothic style in 1868, this college is a post-graduate and research institute for promoting higher learning and research in Indology and Social Sciences which includes archeology, linguistics, history and sociology-anthropology. It is said to have had illustrious faculty like Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak.
College of Engineering
Wellesely Road, Shivajinagar, Pune – 411005.
Tel - 020-25507000
Established in 1854, it is one of the oldest engineering colleges in Asia. Courses on offer include Mechanical, Electronics, Civil, Production, Telecommunications, Metallurgy, Computer Engineering, IT etc. Since 2003, this college has become a self-funded autonomous body.
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute
812, Shivajinagar, Law College Road, Pune- 411004.
Tel – 020- 25656932
Started in 1917, the Bhandarkar Institute is dedicated to Oriental Research and is known to possess some prized manuscripts. It has the largest collection of 1.25 lakh books and over 28,000 manuscripts collected over a period of 90 years in various languages like Sanskrit, Prakrit, Indian regional languages, Classical, Asian and European languages. It has an up-to-date Oriental Library that even stores Mahabharata manuscripts.
Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics
BMCC Road, Shivajinagar, Pune-411004.
Tel – 020-25650287/88
The Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics was started with the objective of solving the economical and political problems of the country by the trustees of Servants of India society headed by Gopal Krishna Gokhale. Started in 1930, this institute is primarily into research and offers PhDs and MA programs in economics. Their library boasts of the largest collections of social science documents in India and also stores some rare books.
College of Agriculture
Shivajinagar, Pune- 411005.
Tel - 020-25537038
This agriculture college was started in 1901 and has a large farm area of 375 acres including a dairy farm. They offer undergraduate (BSc), post-graduate (MSc) and doctorate courses in agriculture and horticulture. They are associated with important research projects and have achieved various laurels in the field as well.
National Defence Academy
Khadakvasla, Pune – 411023.
The Academy is spread across 7015 acres near Khadakvasla and is architecturally beautiful with Sudan block, Ashoka Pillar and the war museum. The three-year training here involves physical fitness and outdoor skills along with studies. The motto here is service before self.
FC Road, Pune – 411004.
Tel - 020-25654212
This college was started with the support of the then Governor of Bombay Province and also the first Patron of the Deccan Education Society, James Fergusson. Started in 1895, the college boasts of impressive faculty and alumni. These even include former statesmen Narsimha Rao and VP Singh. The college offers junior college education, graduation and post graduation in arts, science and the computer science streams. They also provide research facilities leading to M Phil and PhD.
Film and Television Institute of India,
Law College Road, Pune – 411004.
Tel - 020- 25431817
Established in 1960, with the objective of imparting training in film making and television program production this institute offers courses in direction, cinematography, audiography, editing, acting, art direction, animation and computer graphics, feature film screenplay writing and television related courses. It boasts of alumni like Shabana Azmi, Jaya Bhaduri, Subhash Ghai etc.
University of Pune
Tel - 020-25601191/1099
Most of the colleges are affiliated to the Pune University. It was inaugurated in 1949 by late Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. It offers a number of courses in arts and is an important center for advanced study in Sanskrit, European studies, foreign languages and performing arts. They also have a center for atmospheric and space sciences, biotechnology, communication studies etc. Other than that they have departments for law, mental and moral sciences and management.