- The cultural capital
Pune has earned itself the sobriquet of the ‘Oxford of the East’ as also the ‘Cultural Capital of India’. Pune is a city renowned for its Quality Education and comes across as a perfect blend of tradition and modernity.
Pune has more than a hundred educational institutes and nine universities, students from all over the world studying at the colleges of the University of Pune. After the fall of the Marathas in 1818 and establishment of educational institutions by the British, Pune came to be referred to as the Oxford of the East due to its large student population, and a large number of quality academic and research institutes. Pune has more schools, colleges and universities than any other city in the world. Pune is the largest centre for Japanese learning in India. Other languages including German and French are popular in the city.
The city keeps itself abreast with the changing times. Pune has embraced education and knowledge for the purpose of excellence, economic upliftment and social change.
India is known for its Unity in Diversity and Pune is a sterling example of that maxim. Here, students of all of cultures, nations, caste, creed and religion are treated as one. Pune is also, known for its historic yet modernistic University of Pune.
Besides education, Pune is also known for its pleasant climate, a safe and secure environment as well as the multifarious entertainment facilities. Multiplex cinema theatres, sports clubs, multinational eateries and outlets such as Barista & McDonalds, beautiful parks, historical monuments and excellent cuisine; there’s never a dull moment in the city!
Home to some of India's important research institutes, Pune has a conducive research atmosphere.
The emergence of industrial Pune began in the early 60s, with mechanical engineering industries putting up base. Pune's proximity to Mumbai, good climate and availability of talent made it a preferred destination to large firms like Tata Motors (TELCO then), Buckau Wolf (Thyssen Krupp now), Hindustan Antibiotics and several others.
Today, Pune has a diverse industrial population. It is one of India's most important automotive hubs, with some domestic and international auto giants manufacturing here. Pune also has hundreds of large and small IT companies.
As one of the largest cities in India, and as a result of its many colleges and universities, Pune is emerging as a prominent location for IT and manufacturing companies to expand. Pune has the sixth largest metropolitan economy and the second highest per capita income in the country (Chandigarh is first).
Pune and around also houses foreign direct investments like Alfa Laval, Sandvik, Atlas Copco, Keihin FIE, Panasonic, Sharp, Enkei, Tata Tokyo, Tata Yazaki, Tata Yutaka, Lumax and many more.
Pune Food Cluster development project is an initiative funded by the World Bank. It is being implemented with the help of SIDBI, Cluster Craft to facilitate the development of the fruit and vegetable processing industries in and around Pune.
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