Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry, and commonly referred to as just Pondy, well-known as homes of various institutions/universities which imparts education in the field of engineering. Puducherry is bounded by the East Side Bay of Bengal & south-eastern Tamil Nadu. One of the seven Union Territories of India which is bounded by the southern state of Tamil Nadu. This former French colony is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional Indian sensibilities and French architecture. Also, a seaside tourist and an administration centre for the union territory. It contains the Pondicherry University (established 1985) and several colleges affiliated with the University of Madras in Chennai. The Hindu ashram (religious retreat) of Shri Aurobindo is in the city, and Auroville (established 1968), an international township and study centre. Puducherry had a literacy rate of 86.55 with reputed Engineering and Medical Universities.