Knowledge was highly advanced and endorsed in Sultanate era. The government took keen interest in the establishment of necessary institutions of learning. Education was common, free and widespread. Individual scholars and men of learning received stipends and rewards from the state so that they could carry on teaching in specialized branches of learning to students who flocked round them because of their erudition. For advanced students universities and colleges called madrissas were set up by sultans and munificent persons. Only the names of a few famous ones have come down to us. However, their extent can be easily gauged by the evidence of Ibn Battuta who found a thousand institutions of higher learning in the city of Delhi alone.

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