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Assam as an Educational Destination

Updated on: Mar 18, 2013
Assam has one of the most extensive networks of higher educational institutions in the entire North-Eastern region of India.

The Government of Assam introduces innovative education polices to create a center of attention for aspiring students all across the country. Assam’s largest city, Guwahati is a major destination for students of the entire north-eastern region for higher education

Presence of institutions including the Indian Institute of Technology (Guwahati), National Institute of Technology (Silchar), Tezpur University (a Central University), Assam University (Silchar) and K.K. Handique State Open University, adds stature to the education system of Assam which already encompasses elite higher education institutions like the Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University, Assam Medical College (Dibrugarh), Guwahati Medical College, Assam Agricultural University (Jorhat), Assam Engineering College (Guwahati) and Jorhat Engineering College (Jorhat).

These on the whole, make Assam the top edu-destination both at the state level and national level.

Today, the state of Assam is home to six universities, one deemed university, one institute of national importance and several reputed professional institutions.

The colleges of Assam (including medical, engineering and law colleges) are affiliated to Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University, Assam University and the Assam Agricultural University.

The demand of technical education in the state has been well understood by the State Government and due attention is being paid towards rapid development in this field. The institutions offering professional courses are rapidly growing along with the other institutions which mean the students of Assam will be exposed to newer areas of opportunities. Thus, the whole educational scenario of Assam is improving gradually.

There are also a large number of higher secondary schools in Assam.

The medium of instruction at the school level is generally Assamese; however, some schools also use English as their medium of study.

The Assam Government has introduced the policy of free and compulsory education for students up to the age of 14.

The state has recently made strides in setting up several high standard institutions to provide education in the field of engineering and management. Assam has an overall literacy rate of 64.28%. While male literacy rate is at 71.93%, the female literacy rate however is only at 56.03%, a cause for concern for the State Government.

Geographical Data
Density 340/km²
Area 78,438 km²
State Boundaries East Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur
West West Bengal and Meghalaya
North Arunachal Pradesh
South Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura
International Boundary North Bhutan
West Bangladesh
Geographic Latitude 24° to 28° North
Coordinates: Longitude 90° to 96° East
Forest Cover 35.48 %
 
Statistical Data
Population (2001) 2,66,55,528
Literacy Rate 64.28% (2001 Census)
Sex Ratio 1000 : 965
National parks 5 Kaziranga
Manas
Dibru Soikhua
Nameri
Orang
   
Wildlife Sanctuaries 18 Pobitora
Sonai Rupai
Bura-Chapori
Laokhowa
Pobha or Milroy
Chakrashila
Bornadi
Garampani
Gibbon
Nambor
East Karbi Anglong
Karbi Anglong
Pani Dihing
Deeporbeel
Bordoibum Beelmukh
Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni
Morat Longri
Amchang
 
Refineries 4 Digboi
Noonmati
Dhaligaon near Bongaigaon
Numaligarh
 
Universities 6 Dibrugarh University at Dibrugarh
Gauhati University at Guwahati
Assam University at Silchar
Tezpur University at Tezpur
Assam Agricultural University at Jorhat
K.K.handique State Open University
 
Engineering Colleges 4 National Institute of Technology, Silchar
Jorhat Engineering College at Jorhat
Assam Engineering College at Guwahati
Indian Institute of Technology at Guwahati
   
Medical Colleges 3 Assam Medical College at Dibrugarh
Guwahati Medical College at Guwahati
Silchar Medical College at Silchar



District Pre Primary Schools Primary Schools Middle Schools High
School
Higher
Secondary
Jr.
College
DHUBRI - 1624 434 156 34 4
KOKRAJHAR 2 1282 218 73 15 1
BONGAIGAON 5 965 261 116 17 1
GOALPARA - 1150 286 148 13 -
BARPETA 17 2064 417 283 41 11
NALBARI 9 1599 386 256 28 13
KAMRUP 49 2490 518 484 65 11
DARRANG 11 1581 281 220 31 8
SONITPUR 13 1465 280 212 36 5
LAKHIMPUR 1 1648 534 254 25 7
DHEMAJI 9 1078 283 146 13 3
MORIGAON - 921 292 127 14 3
NAGAON 21 2230 575 304 58 6
GOLAGHAT 7 1125 265 162 23 1
JORHAT 18 1761 443 253 26 10
SIBSAGAR 12 1805 426 185 41 2
DIBRUGARH 12 1304 382 141 25 3
TINSUKIA 5 1080 230 106 19 1
KARBI ANGLONG - 1162 286 163 12 -
NORTH CACHAR HILLS - 660 205 68 6 -
KARIMGANJ 4 1402 347 92 25 1
HAILAKANDI 2 1127 260 40 9 -
CACHAR 2 1713 410 147 28 1

Number of Teachers:


District Primary Middle High School Higher Secondary Jr. College Arts, Science and Commerce College
*T *F *T *F *T *F *T *F *T *F *T *F
Dhubri 3165 697 3310 370 1618 341 1139 180 56 17 350 74
Kokrajhar 2717 652 2456 399 1014 272 575 172 15 6 173 32
Bongaigaon 2686 747 1899 336 1567 423 613 129 16 6 184 38
Goalpara 2322 633 2157 355 1589 350 466 70 13 5 221 42
Barpeta 4453 998 4771 772 3990 557 1560 228 159 49 476 105
Nalbari 4508 930 2416 283 3688 784 1064 216 196 60 298 84
Kamrup 5068 1217 3063 450 5490 1560 2326 952 183 57 1610 333
Darrang 4034 1000 3217 533 2528 554 1061 191 130 39 232 63
Sonitpur 3513 1174 2069 510 2569 646 1129 295 74 24 361 116
Lakhimpur 5194 1988 2767 585 3408 824 811 203 102 32 568 133
Dhemaji 2559 920 1399 259 1538 238 502 63 46 16 372 78
Morigaon 2063 574 1877 389 2157 748 440 72 86 29 198 38
Nagaon 6220 2252 3667 898 4118 1126 2140 723 56 6 596 111
Golaghat 2523 913 2470 768 2157 748 741 274 30 14 593 138
Jorhat 3677 1402 2670 815 3616 979 816 239 146 45 631 234
Sibsagar 9444 4420 5095 1982 2078 852 1442 553 59 19 609 238
Dibrugarh 3599 1485 1648 500 1669 629 976 424 45 14 550 163
Tinsukia 2995 1090 1609 553 1709 651 645 263 43 16 281 75
Karbi Anglong 2538 898 1440 250 1581 367 382 93 Nil Nil 186 38
N.C. Hills 2279 1169 1232 267 826 245 193 68 Nil Nil 98 32
Karimganj 3300 922 1735 323 1219 268 791 225 15 6 333 89
Hailakandi 2558 733 2446 419 610 197 420 106 Nil Nil 195 60
Cachar 4159 1481 2892 769 2794 969 943 241 44 10 330 66
Assam 85574 28295 58305 12785 52797 13861 21175 5985 1514 470 9445 2380

*T- Total, *F- Female

Directorate of Secondary Education, Assam

Performance of High School Leaving Certificate Examination in Assam
Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA)
District/ Year Total Appeared Total Passed Percentage (%)
1st Division 2nd Division 3rd Division Total
2003 175183 9596 17786 49892 77274 44.11
2004 184771 11843 21359 58809 92011 49.79
Dhubri 7786 280 702 2730 3712 47.67
Kokrajhar 5598 154 367 1091 1612 28.79
Bongaigaon 5363 280 540 1691 2511 46.82
Goalpara 4431 176 442 1379 1997 45.06
Barpeta 11835 604 1530 4465 6599 55.75
Nalbari 10450 525 1259 3616 5400 51.67
Kamrup 23556 3167 3668 7682 14517 61.62
Darrang 9891 476 1072 2857 4405 44.53
Sonitpur 8961 692 1115 2984 4791 53.46
Lakhimpur 8826 373 766 2573 3712 42.05
Dhemaji 7977 198 600 3251 4044 50.69
Morigaon 4610 160 405 1318 1883 40.84
Nagaon 10601 811 1419 3338 5568 52.52
Golaghat 6971 323 659 1723 2705 38.80
Jorhat 9579 691 1218 3113 5022 52.42
Sibsagar 10031 630 1139 3752 5521 55.03
Dibrugarh 8447 769 1071 2648 4488 53.13
Tinsukia 5989 411 810 1634 2855 47.46
Karbi Anglong 4873 114 379 1091 1612 28.79
North Cachar Hills 1838 91 183 326 600 32.64
Karimganj 4434 231 391 1260 1882 42.44
Hailakandi 2991 123 352 961 1436 48.01
Cachar 9733 569 1272 3400 5241 53.84
Source : Statistical Hand Book, Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Government of Assam

District Wise Literate People

District Male Female Total
Kokrajhar 230769 152772 383541
Dhubri 373446 251923 625369
Goalpara 220277 164393 384670
Bongaigaon 258761 181100 439861
Barpeta 448021 304661 752682
Kamrup 930256 677935 1608191
Nalbari 387002 270923 657925
Darrang 407632 277366 684998
Marigaon 210586 156706 367292
Nagaon 665697 499920 1165617
Sonitpur 494965 335614 830579
Lakhimpur 292261 214172 506433
Dhemaji 181645 122961 304606
Tinsukia 355444 232858 588302
Dibrugarh 406265 291883 698148
Sibsagar 382936 289222 672158
Jorhat 375400 285191 660591
Golaghat 322048 235312 557360
Karbi Anglong 232652 149922 382574
North Cachar Hills 63610 42744 106354
Cachar 474145 350292 824437
Karimganj 319205 230914 550119
Hailakandi 155674 107873 263547

Total number of employees serving under the Administrative control of Higher Education Sector comes to 14,535 only. The enrolment from Higher Secondary to post Graduate level are as follows:

S. No. Institutions Strength
1. H.S. (Arts) 256958
2. H.S. (Science) 27074
3. H.S. (Commerce) 17965
4. Degree (Arts) 133919
5. Degree (Science) 30346
6. Degree (Commerce) 16051
7. Master Degree in Arts 7442
8. Master Degree in Science 3944
9. Master Degree in Commerce 1077
10. Ph.D. 744
11. M.Phil. 756
12. L.L.B. 7140
Total   5,03,416


Percentage of passing

Year Pass Percentage HSLC Pass Percentage HS-Science Pass Percentage HS-Arts Pass Percentage HS-Commerce
1997 28.94 62.70 54.59 54.36
1998 31.23 70.94 53.00 55.84
1999 32.13 60.10 47.97 56.26
2000 38.69 58.90 42.55 40.29
2001 33.27 53.03 48.86 58.93
2002 40.87 58.61 45.95 40.95
2003 44.11 63.94 46.44 60.47
2004 49.79 66.79 53.79 64.70
2005 53.07 67.68 40.08 64.80
2006 53.54 72.52 40.11 62.55
2007 54.93 68.44 61.50 67.14
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