You should seriously consider reading the book Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. Although it is not set in India, I imagine the sentiment is very similar. This book gives a pretty good idea of what it means (even today) to be an educated woman in a middle eastern country. You'll have to take into account the differences between India and Iran (religion is the most obvious). As a woman yourself though, if this is something you are seriously considering (studying in India) it would be good to get a couple of personal perspectives on this very issue.
I also recommend the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Another fabulous look from a female's perspective into the social differences between America and Italy, India and Indonesia. This one has more of a "finding oneself" theme than "finding education" but again, a fabulous read that might enhance your pursuit.