The city is considered to be a base for higher education. This was true particularly in previous years. Political activism of 1970s and 1980s had briefly taken away much of that sheen. In the fifties and
sixties, the colleges were widely known and famous in Madhya Pradesh and outside.
Every year around 1300 engineers and doctors finish their graduation from the colleges here.
The Govt. Engineering College (GEC), Jabalpur
(originally named Robertson Engineering College) established in 1947 has the distinction of being the second engineering college to be set
up in India. It is one of the premier colleges in Central India.
The Netaji Subhash Chandra Medical College graduates about one hundred doctors every year. It also runs residency programs in all major subjects including Surgery, Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics’, pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Apart from the regular university – Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya (previously called Jabalpur University), there are also the Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, and also few other research institutes having the University status [eg. the Tropical Forest Research Institute(TFRI)].
There are also specialised institutes under the auspicies of the Central Govt located here. The city also has the College of Agricultural Engineering from where around 30 engineers finish their graduation every year.
Govt. Model Science College is one of the pioneering educational institute of Jabalpur. It was established in 1836 and degree courses in science started in 1896. The institute is working under autonomous scheme. Government Model Science College is accredited grade A from NAAC.
Pandit Lajja Shankar Jha Government Model Higher Secondary School popularly known as Model School is one of the prominent secondary schools in the city.
Some of the other prominent school includes St Aloysius Senior secondary school, St Joseph convent school, Christ Church Senior secondary boys school, Christ Church Senior secondary girls school, Saraswati Shishu Madir, Central School (Kendriya Vidyalaya). Some of the modern schools have recently started their institutions in the city – Delhi Public School and Gyanganga Public School.