Education in Rajasthan

Education in Rajasthan – An Introduction

Rajasthan – means the “Land of the Kings” is all about history, chivalry, warriors, glory and tragedy in fairy tale proportions in the midst of the Great Indian Desert. Rajasthan is a kaleidoscopic State where tradition blends with modernity. People are proud of their heritage and yet open to change and western values. Modern Rajasthan is now offering in amenities comparable to that available elsewhere in the world. Kota in Rajasthan also called “The Education City of India” is the hotbed and home of perpetrating for the national level entrance examination for higher studies. As per 2011 census the population of Rajasthan was 68.55 million, of which the male population was 35.55 million and female population was 33.00 million. The literacy rate of Rajasthan was 66.11%, of which the male literacy is 79.19% and female literacy is 47.76%. The sex ratio of Rajasthan was 928 females per 1000 males, which is much below the national average of 940.

School Education in Rajasthan

Rajasthan has made commendable strides in education, especially in the education of the girl child which was considered a taboo as per the social customs. Today education has virtually eroded that misconception. During 2010-2011 Rajasthan had 1,05,190 primary and upper primary schools with 4,60,214 teachers manning these schools and handling a student enrolment of 12.004 million. A lot of disparities like education of the underprivileged and the tribal have been totally resolved and such children have been added to the mainstream. The Board of Secondary Education has taken strides for promotion and development of Secondary Education in Rajasthan, spread over 3,42,239 sq. km. and in more than 6000 schools located in 32 districts involving 0.85 million students for Secondary and Senior Secondary Examination in the year 2000. The schools offering primary and secondary education are affiliated to Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, Central Board of Secondary Education or Indian School Certificate Examination. Some of the schools in Rajasthan use Hindi as their medium of instruction. However, most of the ICSE and CBSE schools in the state use English for imparting education.

Higher Education in Rajasthan

As per data of Department of College Education, Government of Rajasthan there was 179 Government colleges, 1405 unaided private colleges and 775 B.Ed colleges as on 1st December 2014. There are 1 Central university, 8 deemed universities, 14 state universities and 16 private universities in Rajasthan. The total intake of 1301 technical institutions of Rajasthan is 2,23,863 which is growing at 58% annually. Rajasthan has 825 Industrial Training Institutes, 127 Engineering colleges, 134 Management Colleges, 38 M.C.A. Colleges and 177 Polytechnics besides a host of research institutions in the technical education sector. The highest number of finance professionals like C.A., I.C.W.A., and C.S, are from Rajasthan. In recent times, the education scenario of Rajasthan has changed and cities like Kota, Jaipur and Pilani have made their presence felt on education landscape of India. The Government of Rajasthan provides a lot of incentives for opening educational institutions in the state. Due to the proximity to the National Capital Region and rapid industrialization the possibility of employment and industry interface for the aspirants are increasing manifolds with each passing day.

Education in Rajasthan – Future

There is no doubt that the prospects of attaining education in Rajasthan are very promising as it possesses the necessary set up and infrastructure for the aspiring students.

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