Globally, Pune is considered as a thriving, vibrant metropolis, a center of academia and business. The 9th most populous city of India and the 2nd largest in the state of Maharashtra, it is also the fastest growing cities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Today, Pune has emerged as a top IT hub and startup hub in India with more than 400 startups like Pubmatic, Firstcry.com, Storypick.com, TastyKhana.com and Swipe. Pune exported services worth INR 29589 crore in 2012-13. 32% of Pune citizens are involved in secondary sectors while tertiary sector- mainly services comprise about 64%.2 Close to 3 lakh citizens are directly dependent on IT sector for livelihood. The ‘Mercer 2017 Quality of Living rankings’ evaluated local living conditions in more than 440 cities around the world where Pune ranked at 145, second in India after Hyderabad (144). It also highlights Pune among evolving business centers and emerging nine cities around the world with citation "Hosts IT and automotive companies".
With 811 colleges, Pune is often referred to as the “Oxford of the East”. This has resulted in more than 30% graduate workforce, making it an ideal city to emerge as most vibrant city in India. The educated and qualified citizens of Pune have been instrumental in driving participative governance.
Pune Municipal Corporation, the civic body of Pune city, stood second in the Smart Cities Challenge launched by Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India in 2015. Under Smart City Initiative, PMC is committed for making governance citizen-friendly and cost effective by delivering services electronically to ensure accountability and transparency, especially using mobiles to reduce cost of services and providing services to its stakeholders without having to go to municipal offices; and by facilitating e-groups to listen to citizens and obtain feedback and use online monitoring of programs and activities with the aid of cyber tour of worksites. In 2016, Pune city won three awards for Smart City project in a competition organized by Business-World. Below is a quick snapshot about the city.