Siliguri has always been the hub of education in the Terai as well as the Dooars region. Apart from the residents of West Bengal, students from neighbouring states of Sikkim, Bihar and Assam and neighbouring countries of Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh come here to pursue education.
Siliguri has public (state government) and private schools. Bengali and English are the primary languages of instruction; Nepali and Hindi are also used. Schools in Siliguri follow the "10+2" plan and affiliated with West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, CBSE or ICSE. Vocational courses are also available. Siliguri Boys High School (SBHS) is the oldest school of the city founded in 1918. Other schools include Isabella School.
Siliguri has two engineering colleges, viz., Siliguri Institute of Technology and Surendra Institute of Engineering & Management. Siliguri College established in 1950 is the oldest higher educational institution in the city. Other colleges are Suryasen Mahavidyalaya, St. Xaviers College, Bagdogra College, Naxalbari College, Gyan Jyoti College.
The North Bengal Medical College, located in Sushrutanagar, is the sole medical college in the region and is connected to the main city through the 3rd Mahananda Bridge. University of North Bengal was established in 1962, 10 km away from the main Siliguri city in Raja Rammohanpur. Approximately 80 colleges are affiliated to this university.
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