Here are a Few Interesting Facts About Education In India
India has one of the largest education systems in the world, with 1.4 million schools, 36000 higher educational institutes and 227 million students. The literacy rate has seen a steady progress since independence in 1947. The Indian education system at the primary and secondary level consists of both private schools and government run schools.
The private school system in India is a huge sector with 29% of the students enrolled in them. In fact, the poor administration and terrible facilities of the government schools force more parents to send their children to private schools. The bad quality of government-run educational institutions has been a long running issue in the country.
Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting facts about education in India: –
- The higher educational sector in India is the largest in the world with more than 70 million enrollments. India has also been able to create 40 million more vacancies for the students.
- The sad state of affairs of the higher educational system in India can be gauged by the fact that only one out of ten students holding a degree in Humanities are employable while only one out of four Engineering graduates are capable of employment.
- Kerala became the first state in India to achieve 100% primary education on January 2016. This became possible due to the literacy program called Athulyam launched by the state government.
- The over emphasis on marks and liberal marking system of some educational boards has seen the cut off percentages for admissions into some reputed colleges touch insanely high numbers. This deprives many average students of a good college education.
- Government funded schools are suffering from the chronic problem of shortfall of teachers. In many villages and small towns across the country, a single teacher is forced to run an entire school. Corruption has also enabled many teachers to remain absent from schools and collect salary for the same with impunity.
- Kalyanpur airport also known as IIT Kanpur airport is a private airport owned by IIT Kanpur. The Aerospace engineering department of IIT Kanpur uses this airport to test their models, and they also have glider flying programme.
- City Montessori School is the world’s largest school, it is a co-educational private school offering education in English medium in the city of Lucknow with over 55,000 students and 4,500 staff across 18 campuses. The City Montessori School (India) awarded the 2002 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.
- Bethune College is a women’s college located in Kolkata and is affiliated to the University of Calcutta with a motto of ‘ViddayaVindateyAmritam’. It’s the first women’s college in Asia and the oldest women’s college.
- The Indian Education system is the world’s third-largest Higher Education System which comprises of more than 800 universities, 39,000 colleges and a capacity of enrolling more than 20 million students.
- With the enrollment of around 34,99,999 students, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is the world’s largest open university based on student enrollment. The enrollment number is calculated inclusive of active students on and off campus.
- 22 universities in India are in the name of ‘Gandhi’. Eight universities are named after Mahatma Gandhi, eight universities are named after Rajiv Gandhi, five universities are named after Indira Gandhi, and a university named after Sanjay Gandhi.
- The Right to Education Act (RTE) or Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act is an Act of the Parliament of India, and it was enacted on 4 August 2009, which describes the vital importance of free and compulsory education for children between the age of 6 to 14 years. India is one of 135 countries in the world to make education a fundamental right of every child.
- There has been an estimation that Indian students spend about 7 billion to go and study in universities abroad.