In terms of education, Chennai, "The Gateway of South India," holds a rich tradition. After the establishment of the University of Madras the mid-19th century, Chennai has been attracting students from all over India. Reflecting the urgency among the people to get on with the task of addressing the scourge of illiteracy, however, the real impetus for education came in a second wave, after Independence, when a number of educational institutions were established. Began in the mid-1980s, the third wave of growth in the field of education in the city was characterized by commercialization. There has been a proliferation of a variety of educational institutions since then. Riding on the back of a liberal regime, Chennai has emerged as a leading player in the education sector.
Indian Institute of Technology, Loyola College, Madras Christian College, Stella Mary's College, Presidency College, Madras School of Economics, Chennai Mathematical Institute and Central Leather Research Institute are some of the most prominent institutes of Chennai. On the other side, large numbers of multinational companies have established their manufacturing and R&D unites in the suburban parts of Chennai, which provide ample employment opportunities for students. The state government's mission to promote human resource development through institutions that produce high quality professionals so that the state would become a global hub for university education, has also influenced the quality of education at Chennai. Therefore, Marina, the second longest beaches of the world that covers a distance of about 13 km along the eastern coastline of India, is a swathe between ocean and opportunities. On its western side, Chennai offers something for everyone.
This issue of the Higher Education Review is focused upon the higher education scenario of Chennai. In an attempt to identify the best educational establishments in the city, under the banner 'Institute of the Year - 2016, Chennai,' we feature some of the most trusted educational institutes that are displaying their best performance in various sectors of education.