Uttaranchal has been the centre of education from the ancient time. It is believed that the Kauravas and Pandavas were trained by Guru Dronacharya in the foothills of Himalaya that's why Dehradun is also known as Drona Nagari. India's best schools and training institutes are located in Uttaranchal - FRI, IIT Roorkee, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Survey of India, Indian Military Academy, Wildlife Institute of India, L.B.S. National Academy of Administration, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Doon School, Sherwood College, Rashtriya Indian Military College, Nehru Institute of Mountaineeringare a few to name.
Uttaranchal was ranked 3rd in "Education Development and Achievement, at Elementary Level, in India" in a survey conducted in August 2005 by India Today. Education in the state of Uttaranchal has a sound background, right from the inception of the state department of education is running ahead and getting shape gradually.
As per 2001 census, Uttaranchal stands 17th in literacy rate with an overall literacy of 72.28% (Male literacy: 84.01% and Female literacy: 60.26%). Nainital has the highest literacy of 79.60% while Haridwar has the lowest literacy of 64.60%.