This is the online directory with the main international schools in India that offer an Education in English. The programmes vary from the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) programme, which includes PYP, MYP and Diploma to the British GCSE and GCE examination systems. All schools are required to satisfy the requirements of the Indian national system.
English is the preferred language of elite education. Education for the elite has been a tradition in India since the beginnings of its civilization. Great Buddhist universities at Nalanda and Taxila were famous far beyond Indias borders. Withholding education from the nonelite, including women, has also been a tradition. The lowest caste members, including the Harijans and non-Hindu tribal groups, were denied the right even to hear the Vedas, sacred Hindu texts, recited.
State governments control their own school systems, with some assistance from the central government. The Indian education system is based on 12 years of schooling, which generally begins at age 6 and includes 5 years of primary school, 3 years of middle school, 2 years of secondary school, and 2 years of higher secondary school.
Completion of higher secondary education is required for entry to institutions
of higher education, which include universities and institutes of technology.
While most students enroll in government schools, the number of private
institutions such as international schools in India is increasing
at all educational levels. Indians have a right to establish institutions
to provide education in their native language and with a religious or
cultural emphasis, although the schools must conform to state regulation
of teaching standards. Students begin specializing in subjects at the
level of higher secondary school. A university typically has one or more
colleges of law, medicine, engineering, and commerce, and many have colleges
of agriculture. Prestigious and highly selective institutes of management
have been established. The educational establishment also includes a number
of high-level scientific and social science institutes, as well as academies
devoted to the arts.
Last modified June 24, 2008