Gurdaspur is a city in the state of Punjab, situated in the northwest part of the India, between the rivers Beas and Raavi. Gurdaspur city was named after Mahant Guriya das ji. The Emperor Akbar was crowned at Kalanaur, which is 26 km from the city. Behrampur town, where the Maqbara (mausoleum) of Bairam Khan is situated, is 10 km away. Dinanagar city which was the capital of the kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, is 12 km away. According to the 2011 India census, Gurdaspur had a population of 2,299,026 (1,212,995 males and 1,086,031 females). The average literacy rate of Gurdaspur in 2011 was 81.10%. The male and female literacy rates were 85.90% and 75.70%, respectively. Gurdaspur has many elementary and secondary level schools and has various degree level and engineering colleges. Beant College of Engineering & Technology Gurdaspur is among them, founded by then Chief Minister Beant Singh in 1995. A nationally accredited body by Ministry of Tourism (India) Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition is also located in Gurdaspur.