This book explores the many universities that flourished all over India from the 6th century onwards, and how students travelled from many parts of Asia to study in these prestigious institutions. At its height, universities specialized in subjects from mathematics, medicine and logic to the arts and military training. Much of this knowledge was translated into Arabic and then from Arabic into European languages where the knowledge was claimed as their own.
When Muslims invaded northern India, temples, often places of learning, were demolished and India’s educational system began to crumble. Then the British arrived, and what was left was further eroded by exorbitant taxes that meant villages and towns could no longer afford to contribute to its citizens’ education.