Photo: Rajesh Chawla

The famous Hawa Mahal in the pink city


CITY FACTS
State: Rajasthan  
Distance: 260 Kms from Delhi  
Foundation Year: 1727  
Population: 3 million-plus  
Languages: Hindi, Rajasthani, Punjabi, English  
Telephone Code: 0141  
Airport: Sawai Man Singh Airport

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Photos: Archit Natha

Recreation Tapri, the tea lounge. There are many such options in the city

Education city is an appropriate now for Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, as far as the opportunities for higher education are concerned. Apart from educational institutes, there is a sound support system, which is essential for education to prosper. The Pink City’s environment is very conducive for the students, particularly for those coming from other cities and states.

Geographically, Jaipur is merely 260 kilometers from Delhi, the capital of India. It is situated in the heart of North India and is well-connected with major cities of the neighbouring states by road or rail routes and airways as well. 

Apart from hosting one of the oldest and renowned varsities of the country, the University of Rajasthan, this city, also has numerous basic graduation/postgraduation colleges. Equal number of engineering, management and other technical institutes impart skills of life learning to students. Jaipur leads the country  in the number of private universities with more than 20 of them. This is the highest for a single city in the country. Institutes for education and research, medical,computer sciencebio-technology and media are also situated here.

A feather in Jaipur’s cap, Mansarovar, the biggest housing locality of Asia, is an education hub. It comprises all kinds of general and professional institutes and training centres and also provides supportive infrastructure. Similar centres of educational activities are Sitapura in Sanganer, Kukas and Kant Kalwar on the Delhi Road, Vidhyadhar Nagar, Jagatpura and the Gandhi Nagar-Bajaj Nagar-Gopalpura tri-junction.

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Medicine Mahatma Gandhi Medical college is one of the most renowned institutes in Jaipur

Infrastructure
With basic infrastructure rapidly expanding, metro train and BRTSroutes for city transportation; trains and bus operations to connect with other locations, expansion of Jaipur Airport for extra air-travel services; almost 24-hours power supply; world-class healthcare facilities in both public and private hospitals; expansion of service sector such as BPOs, Banks etc, which would eventually offer employment post education, everything seems to be in place for a student to study  in Jaipur.

The dwellers of this metropolitan city offer a unique cultural-mix that would help any visitor to adapt himself easily, resulting in a long-lasting personal bond with this culturally rich city. Thus, all young men and women are welcome here to equip themselves with the professional skills and train themselves for career development.

Engineering
The demand of graduate-level engineering programmes of the young generation has been well answered in Jaipur. There are about four-dozen colleges offering B.Tech/BE courses in different subjects. All engineering colleges are affiliated to the state-run Rajasthan Technical University, Kota. Admission to these is done through AIEEEand the state-level Rajasthan Pre-engineering Test. Also, during past few years about 20 engineering colleges, like Jaipur National UniversityJodhpur National University  have turned themselves into full-fledged private universities by getting their respective Acts passed in the State Assembly. Thus, admission to these institutes is now done through a separate mechanism. After attaining university status, these institutes offer courses other than B.Tech as well.

Medicine
At least four universities have been established in the city, including the state-run Rajasthan University for Health Sciences (RUHS), through separate Acts passed in the State Assembly. Medical colleges and hospitals are situated at different locations in the city including renowned Sawai Man Singh Medical College and Hospital in the heart of the city.

Diploma courses for nursing, lab technician, pharmaceuticals and others providing training in patient care, medical practices and allied  jobs, are also offered by several institutes in Jaipur.

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Laxmi Mishtan bhandar known for ghewar sweets 

Management
Primarily, management courses are offered by colleges that also have engineering faculty. But, in Jaipur a good number of institutes offer management courses alone. The city hosts at least 90 colleges which provide MBA or other PG diploma courses in management. Out of these about 50% are exclusively management training institutes. Some more specialised courses are also available in Rural, Health, Community or NGO management. Management courses at Bachelor’s level like BBA are available in most of the colleges and universities. Management education is well established in Jaipur.

Hospitality
As Jaipur is a business hub and an important tourist destination, the training institutes tie-up with the tour-travel agencies, corporates houses and event management organisations to offer real-time training opportunities for hospitality practices to their trainees. Such tie-ups also help the candidates find jobs in their respective fields of specialisation such as tour guide, office or event manager, sales executives, etc.

The Centre for Tourism Studies, Jaipur run by the Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, leads this sector by offering diplomas in tourism and travel management. The PG diploma of this centre has earned an exclusive recognition from the United Nations World Tourism Organization. A good number of institutes are offering hospitality training courses for aviation industry like those for air hostess, flight stewardship etc.

Fashion and design
Run in the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode, the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design (IICD) at Jhalana Dungri Institutional Area, Jaipur leads this category of institutions in the city. Others include Pearl Academy of FashionArch Academy of Design, JaipurINIFD and IIFA India. These institutes offer recognised undergraduate and postgraduate programmes along with diploma courses. Even the basic educational institutes also offer certificate courses in fashion and designing.

The fashion institutes in Jaipur are highly reputed because they provide practical training in collaboration with the fashion houses so as to prepare the candidates to meet requirements of the industry. It is believed that Pearl Academy is likely to gain the status of a private university soon.


Art and Culture 
Rajasthan is also famous, among other things, for its cultural heritage and performing arts. Its capital, the Pink City, is an important gateway to showcase this heritage for the world. Thus, Jaipur is a centre for study of different forms of art and provide training to the young blood on how to conserve this heritage of the human race and hand it over to the generations to come. 

Climate
Jaipur has a hot semi-arid climate receiving only 650 millimetres (26 inches) of rainfall annually with most rains occurring in the monsoon months of June to September. Weather is generally hot with temperatures remaining relatively high throughout the year, with the summer months of June and July seeing the average maximum temperature of 45°C. In summer the students are advised to include sufficient fluids intake in their diets for protection from local hot wind ‘Loo’. The winter months between November to February are mild and pleasant, with average temperatures range of 15–18 °C and with little or no humidity. However, occasional cold waves lead to temperatures reaching near freezing point. So it’s advisable to carry sufficient woollen clothes to keep oneself warm.


Hospitals and well being
The city has several renowned hospitals in private and government sector. All emergency, trauma and specialised treatments are available in these hospitals. Sawai Man Singh Hospital, Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital (SDMHP), Jay Kay Lon Child Care Hospital, Mahatma Gandhi Medical Hospitals and Fortis Hospital are popular hospitals having multi-speciality centres and experienced doctors for taking care of patients.

Local Attractions
Forts & Monuments: Jaipur has a number of 
forts and monuments like Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Rambagh Palace, 
Central Museum (Albert Hall Museum).

Temples: The landscape of Jaipur is dotted 
with numerous temples. One can find temples in almost every street. It is because of the numerous temples and religiosity among people that it is sometimes also known as Chhoti Kashi. Some 
of the famous temples in Jaipur include Govind Dev Ji Temple, Galtaji, Birla Temple (also known 
as Lakshmi Narayan Mandir), Garh Ganesh 
Temple, Shila Devi Temple in Amber, Chamtkareshwer Mahadev, Panchayati Hall,Radha 
Govind Ji Temple.

Gardens: The city is doted with beautiful gardens and parks. Prominent among them are Ram Niwas Garden, Sisodia Rani Garden and Palace, Vidyadhar Garden, Kanak Vrindavan, Central Park, Jawahar Circle Garden, Technology Park in Mansarover, Vidyadhar ka Bagh in Goner.

Other places of interest include Chand Baori (step well), Chokhi Dhani (a village resort), Kathputhli slum, Raj Mandir Cinema (a beautiful cinema hall).

Transportation 
Within the city, local bus services are operated by the private mini-bus operators and state corporation, Jaipur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL). More than 300 city buses and double the number of mini-buses connect the entire city. JCTSL buses include low-floor and AC buses. This apart, for traveling within the city and through its outskirts, about half-a-dozen on-call cab services are also available. For connectivity between different parts of Jaipur, a Bus Rapid Transit Service (BRTS) corridor has also been proposed, approved and initiated. 
A rapid transit rail project, Jaipur Metro, is under progress to provide means of faster commutation for the city dwellers. It is expected to be operational by 2014. 

Pre-paid, meter-on auto-rickshaws are available all across the city for 24 hours a day. But, Jaipur being a tourist destination, this service is a bit costlier in comparison to many other cities.

 

Part-time work opportunities
As the economy of Jaipur is dependent upon tourism, gems-jewellery or craft export and big business activities, part-time job options are easily available for the new generation. Those studying or attending coaching/training classes can even manage full-time employment. In certain cases, the educational institutes allow students to go ahead for part-time job opportunities. But these are not  available in plenty, and even when they are available may not pay very much.

Particularly, the management or IT students have field marketing options open to them. Survey work is the most frequently available. Engineering and management students can also teach   their juniors  for payment. Thus, academic and research-oriented students can easily avail of teaching assignments at these educational institutes.

Above all, the city hosts BPO giant GenPact and several other call centre firms where students can easily get good jobs. Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Ajmer Road is another sound option for part-time or full-time employment along with studies. A good number of multinational corporate firms, banks, financial institutions, insurance or travel agencies, book, business fairs are here to provide work opportunities to students of almost all disciplines like engineering, management, computer applications, software, media, accountancy, hospitality, tourism and for science graduates. Jewellery, craft or textile businesses can also offer an earning platform to the marketing and management students as well as those who have completed graduation in general subjects. 

Students of art, culture and fashion can also get many causal assignments, internships or regular jobs with the business houses. Guiding tourists is yet another option.Hospitality, housekeeping, nursing jobs can easily be availed at big hospital chains like ESCORT, Fortis, Soni, Narayan Hridyalaya as well. So even if the cost of living is not that cheap, students will not feel the pinch on their pockets when living here.
 

Accomodation
A very good option for a student to find accommodation in Jaipur is to get  through the community hostels. Almost all castes or communities like Jat, Meena, Gurjar, Jain, Brahmins etc, have their hostels in Jaipur, where students can stay for years during their studies. Most of these also provide mess facilities. 

Different corners of the city are well-connected with each other through local transportation. Thus there are hardly any issues in living at one place and travelling across some distance for studies or coaching.  Adarsh Nagar, Raja Park, Tilak Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, Bapu Nagar, Bajaj Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Lal Kothi scheme, Tonk Phatak, Malviya Nagar are the most popular residential locations among students who join the campus programmes at SMS Medical College, University of Rajasthan or its constituent colleges. 

For those who join engineering and management institutes, Pratap Nagar, Sanganer, adjoining colonies, Mansarovar, Malviya Nagar and Jagatpura are good locations to reside in. For a good number of colleges situated in Kukas and Sitapura industrial areas or other outer locations of the city, accommodations are provided by the colleges in hostels or the students can commute via city buses to the nearest local dwellings. Surely, such places are cheaper. Students of Management, Hospitality and other subjects also live in Vidyadhar Nagar, Shastri Nagar and Vaishali Nagar and Jhotwara localities. These locations are also a bit cheaper. Higher range accommodation facilities are available in the posh C-Scheme, Banipark, Bapu Nagar among other places.

Unique food habits and local celebrity foods
Jaipur is known for its rich food culture. Most of the specialities are vegetarian. List of special sweets is long. The most famous local dish is Dal-Bati-Churma. Bajre ki roti is another famous food item. Locals generally have this with jaggery and buttermilk.

The city has varieties of traditional sweets. Mishri mawa, Gulab Sakri, Gilebdar Petha are some of the sweets prepared with mawa and sugar as main ingredients. Fried variety of sweets include delicious Phini, Ghewar, Choguni ka Laddu and Mohan Thal. Regular sweets likes Rasogolla, Gulab Jamun, Badam ki Barfi, Mawe ki Kachoudi, etc are also available here. 

Kadhi, gatte ki sabji, tinde ki sabji, matar paneer, mirchi ki tipori etc are some of the famous vegetarian curries of Jaipur. It is advisable to stick to traditional food in Jaipur because not only are they healthy and tasty but also comparatively cheaper.

Social Life
As a cosmopolitan city with a rich culture, the social life in Jaipur is very active. The city does have a night life but not as happening as those in cities like Delhi, Mumbai or Banglore. There are a number of food joints, pubs and restaurants for the young crowd to enjoy the evenings. But most popular centres of socializing through the day are the “thadis” or the tea shops. Jaipur has limitless thadis and one can sip tea at any nook or corner of the city. For those having higher budgets, there are food-chains like Café-Coffee-Day, Pizza Hut etc. For discussions over tea, there are canteens of Indian Coffee House at MI Road and Jawahar Kala Kendra near the University of Rajasthan. 

Jawahar Kala Kendra is in itself a popular place for socialising. As the name suggests, cultural events like music, dance, theatre performances or art, painting, photo exhibitions and training classes for honing skills in these are also held here. Craft, textile or book fairs too are arranged frequently at the bustling Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Multiplexes and shopping malls are the frequently visited places by youngsters for shopping, entertainment and spending free time. The important ones include Gaurav Towers in Malvila Nagar, Crystal Palm and MGF Mall at Bais Godown Cirle, Hyper City on Jhotwara Road and Saurabh Tower in Vaishali Nagar. There are many public parks and green areas such as the Central Park, Kulish Smriri Van and Jawahar Circle.

The city, is hot, humid and at times messy. But it is warm, welcoming and still retains  a small time feel. And education here is  not a costly proposition too. So welcome to Jaipur!  

COST OF LIVING
Although it is a residential city, the Pink City is a tourist destination as well. Thus, the cost of living is not much cheaper than most metros. On an average a student has to cough up about Rs. 6000-8000 a month for staying in a PG accommodation excluding the tuition or coaching fee. If someone chooses to live independently and engage oneself in cooking etc, she or he may manage in about Rs 7000-8000 per month.

Student can opt to live in hostel which is provided by almost all institutions where the cost of hostel facility ranges between Rs. 3000 to 5000 per month. If a student wants to live separately, he can opt for separate rooms, where rent ranges vary from Rs. 3000 to 5000 per month excluding food.

Transportation is not very costly especially if the local modes are used,but only if your college/institution is within  city limits. Most campuses are located on the outskirts or outside the city. If you do not stay on campus then transportation does become expensive. 

Entertainment and eating out is not very costly, if one spends on the local stalls and inner-city markets. The malls and branded stores along with so-called authentic Rajasthani restaurants are really costly  and as expensive as elsewhere.

 

UNIQUE INSTITUTIONS
National Institute of Ayurveda 
The central government-run and supported medical education establishment is one of the five such insitutions set up in the country for research and promotion of ayurveda.  

Indian Institute of Health Management Research 
A learning institution focussing on health management and hospital managment education and reserach as well as deep engagement with community health  issues. 

Centre for Converging Technologies 
The Centre for Converging Technologies was established four years ago by the University of Rajasthan. It offers integrated (five-year dual-degree) B.Tech/M.Tech courses by  combining the thrust areas of Nanotechnology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Information and Communication Technology and Cognitive and Neurosciences. This centre also has a tie-up for students-teachers exchange programme with Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

Malviya National Institute of Technology 
This august institution is a premier centre for technological education and management education. It is well-structured, funded and staffed. Admissions are offered at the national-level along with the IITs. 

Indian Institute of Craft Design 
Presently running under the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode, the Indian Institute of Craft and Design is the only one of its kind. This craft and design school offers undergraduate as well as postgraduate programmes to the students. Admissions are done on the basis of all-India entrance examination. The institute was established to provide a platform for promotion of local crafts by mixing it with the new ideas of design and fashion and thus cater to decorative needs of households/offices etc.

Proposed Mass Communication University 
In a recent decision, the state government of Rajasthan announced to establish a new full-fledged university of Journalism and Mass Communication in Jaipur. After Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi and Makhanlal Chaturvedi Journalism University, Bhopal, the proposed university would be a third such  institute in the country.

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