Uttar Pradesh has always been on the educational radar of India. Utter Pradesh, the home to more than 160 million of the humanity, boasts off some of the best educational institutions in the country. The state has as many as 30 government-run universities apart from the several private ventures.
The state boasts off various central universities but the major among them are Benaras Hindu University and Aligarh Muslim University. Both these universities have illustrious past that go back to the Indian freedom struggle movement. While the former was conceived by Pundit Madan Mohan Malaviya to absorb the students who left colleges to join the freedom struggle the later was started by Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan to revolutionize the Muslim education system. Another university in the same league is Allahabad University. The university boasts of vibrant and prestigious alumni.
Sampoornanand University in Varanasi is popular among the Europeans who want to learn about yoga, music and various other aspects of Indian culture. Equally important if not more is Dar-ul-Uloom at Deoband. The seminary is extremely popular among the Muslim students all over the world. In fact it is the most popular Islamic seminary in the world after Al-Azhar in Cairo, in terms of the diverse nationality of students.
The state also has two premiere engineering institutes. These are known as Indian Institute of Technologies and are considered among the best in the world. Apart from that there are other engineering, information technology and medical colleges in the state. Indian Institute of Management too has one of its branches in the state.