For centuries, Varanasi, also known as "Sarva Vidya Ki Rajdhani" (capital of knowledge), is reputed as a great centre of education and learning. Its because since the ancient times, people from all parts of the world have been coming to Varanasi to learn philosophy, Sanskrit, astrology, modern sciences and social science. The first step in the direction of establishing formal educational institute in Varanasi goes back to 1791, when a Sanskrit college was started to train the servants of the East India Company. Mrs. Annie Besant established the Central Hindu School in the last quarter of the 19th century with the aim of imparting modern as well traditional education. The Central Hindu School later formed the core of the prestigious Banaras Hindu University which, at present, is among the leading universities in the world and includes the Institute of Technology, Faculty of Management Studies, Institute of Agricultural Sciences and Institute of Medical Sciences. Other educational institutions of repute in Varanasi are the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Imania Arabic College (Jamia-e-Imania), Udai Pratap College, Institute of Integrated Management and Technology and Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies.
Eventually, the standard of education-in various disciplines such as commerce, science, medical, and engineering and information technology-in these institutes, and the fact that the students completing their education from any of the institutes are given more leverage by the multinationals and top level corporate houses, adds further credibility to the reputation of each. Apart from these institutes dedicated in delivering excellence through quality tertiary education, there are many schools-affiliated with Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)-that instead of focusing on just the academic credibility, strive to provide an all round personality build-up through innovative teaching methodology and extra-curricular activities. However, admission in many of the top primary and secondary schools is fairly tough. Browse through rest of the sections to know in detail about some of the renowned universities and colleges of Varanasi