As of 30 September 2010 there were 15,331 primary schools with 1,040,139 students and 22,118 working teachers. As of the 2011 census the literacy rate of the state was 79.63% with 88.33% literacy for males and 70.70% literacy for females. The language of instruction in the schools is either English or Hindi. There are mainly government-run, private unaided (no government help), and private aided schools in the state. The main school affiliations are CBSE, CISCE or the state syllabus defined by the Department of Education of the Government of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand is also home to a number of universities and degree colleges.
Indian institute of technology (IIT), Roorkee is the backbone of Roorkee city in education field. IIT Roorkee is the very old institute and it was established in November 25, 1847 by Sir James Thomason. Before 1949 the IIT Roorkee was called the Thomason College of Civil Engineering and after that it was known as University of Roorkee. On September 21, 2001 it was made famous Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Roorkee.
DEI Distance Education Center
In Roorkee only two famous institutions are available for high education. First is IIT Roorkee and then there is Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University) Distance Education Center Roorkee. The center of distance education is situated at Dayalbagh colony Roorkee. Different courses and placement facility are available here.