Uttaranchal is not just a beautiful tourist destination, but also a premier educational destination as well. Uttaranchal Education is of topmost quality with many leading schools and colleges to its name. Many cities of Uttaranchal including, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainital are considered best cities offering the best education in the country.
Some of the best Uttaranchal schools and collages are situated in the capital city Dehradun. The Doon School, Doon Cambridge School, Welham Girls School, Welham Boys School, Doon Valley Public School and The Asian School are a few names that get featured as amongst the best schools in the city.
Sherwood College and St. Joseph in Nainital are some of the best educational institutes in India. Likewise, Mussoorie also has the famous Woodstock School, Oak Grove School, St. George School, which are counted as amongst the fine schools of the country. Some of heritage schools of Uttarakhand are, in fact, running since the British period.
Dehradun is the topmost center of higher Education in Uttaranchal. The city has the prestigious institutions like the Forest Research Institute, Himalayas Institute of Medical Sciences, and Indian Military Academy etc. Mussoorie is the place where Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration is placed, whereas Roorkee has the famous Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) renown worldwide for its quality education.
The state government has done a remarkable job as far as Uttaranchal education is concerned. Most of the schools run by the state government are affiliated to the state board while some of them are affiliated to CBSE or the ICSE board. The state offers 'free and compulsory education' to provide universal elementary education in Uttaranchal for everyone, especially the economically poor section of the society.
The literacy rate of Uttaranchal as per the 2001 census was 72.28% with 84.01% male literacy and 60.26% female literacy rate. Uttaranchal Universities include over 6 state universities and 2 deemed universities, besides the IIT and several medical colleges. As far as management institutes and private colleges are concerned, Uttaranchal has a number of them spread across the state.
Uttaranchal is emerging as one of the preferred destinations for elementary, higher as well as vocational education in India.