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
Density340/km²
Area78,438 km²
State BoundariesEastArunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur
WestWest Bengal and Meghalaya
NorthArunachal Pradesh
SouthNagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura
International BoundaryNorthBhutan
WestBangladesh
GeographicLatitude24° to 28° North
Coordinates:Longitude90° to 96° East
Forest Cover35.48 %
 
Statistical Data
Population (2001)2,66,55,528
Literacy Rate64.28% (2001 Census)
Sex Ratio1000 : 965
National parks5Kaziranga
Manas
Dibru Soikhua
Nameri
Orang
  
Wildlife Sanctuaries18Pobitora
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
 
Refineries4Digboi
Noonmati
Dhaligaon near Bongaigaon
Numaligarh
 
Universities6Dibrugarh 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 Colleges4National Institute of Technology, Silchar
Jorhat Engineering College at Jorhat
Assam Engineering College at Guwahati
Indian Institute of Technology at Guwahati
  
Medical Colleges3Assam Medical College at Dibrugarh
Guwahati Medical College at Guwahati
Silchar Medical College at Silchar



DistrictPre Primary SchoolsPrimary SchoolsMiddle SchoolsHigh
School
Higher
Secondary
Jr.
College
DHUBRI-1624434156344
KOKRAJHAR2128221873151
BONGAIGAON5965261116171
GOALPARA-115028614813-
BARPETA1720644172834111
NALBARI915993862562813
KAMRUP4924905184846511
DARRANG111581281220318
SONITPUR131465280212365
LAKHIMPUR11648534254257
DHEMAJI91078283146133
MORIGAON-921292127143
NAGAON212230575304586
GOLAGHAT71125265162231
JORHAT1817614432532610
SIBSAGAR121805426185412
DIBRUGARH121304382141253
TINSUKIA51080230106191
KARBI ANGLONG-116228616312-
NORTH CACHAR HILLS-660205686-
KARIMGANJ4140234792251
HAILAKANDI21127260409-
CACHAR21713410147281

Number of Teachers:


DistrictPrimaryMiddleHigh SchoolHigher SecondaryJr. CollegeArts, Science and Commerce College
*T*F*T *F*T *F*T*F*T*F*T*F
Dhubri3165697331037016183411139180561735074
Kokrajhar27176522456399101427257517215617332
Bongaigaon26867471899336156742361312916618438
Goalpara2322633215735515893504667013522142
Barpeta445399847717723990557156022815949476105
Nalbari45089302416283368878410642161966029884
Kamrup506812173063450549015602326952183571610333
Darrang403410003217533252855410611911303923263
Sonitpur351311742069510256964611292957424361116
Lakhimpur519419882767585340882481120310232568133
Dhemaji25599201399259153823850263461637278
Morigaon20635741877389215774844072862919838
Nagaon622022523667898411811262140723566596111
Golaghat2523913247076821577487412743014593138
Jorhat367714022670815361697981623914645631234
Sibsagar9444442050951982207885214425535919609238
Dibrugarh35991485164850016696299764244514550163
Tinsukia2995109016095531709651645263431628175
Karbi Anglong25388981440250158136738293NilNil18638
N.C. Hills22791169123226782624519368NilNil9832
Karimganj33009221735323121926879122515633389
Hailakandi25587332446419610197420106NilNil19560
Cachar4159148128927692794969943241441033066
Assam855742829558305127855279713861211755985151447094452380

*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/ YearTotal AppearedTotal PassedPercentage (%)
1st Division2nd Division3rd DivisionTotal
2003175183959617786498927727444.11
20041847711184321359588099201149.79
Dhubri77862807022730371247.67
Kokrajhar55981543671091161228.79
Bongaigaon53632805401691251146.82
Goalpara44311764421379199745.06
Barpeta1183560415304465659955.75
Nalbari1045052512593616540051.67
Kamrup235563167366876821451761.62
Darrang989147610722857440544.53
Sonitpur896169211152984479153.46
Lakhimpur88263737662573371242.05
Dhemaji79771986003251404450.69
Morigaon46101604051318188340.84
Nagaon1060181114193338556852.52
Golaghat69713236591723270538.80
Jorhat957969112183113502252.42
Sibsagar1003163011393752552155.03
Dibrugarh844776910712648448853.13
Tinsukia59894118101634285547.46
Karbi Anglong48731143791091161228.79
North Cachar Hills18389118332660032.64
Karimganj44342313911260188242.44
Hailakandi2991123352961143648.01
Cachar973356912723400524153.84
Source : Statistical Hand Book, Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Government of Assam

District Wise Literate People

DistrictMaleFemaleTotal
Kokrajhar230769152772383541
Dhubri373446251923625369
Goalpara220277164393384670
Bongaigaon258761181100439861
Barpeta448021304661752682
Kamrup9302566779351608191
Nalbari387002270923657925
Darrang407632277366684998
Marigaon210586156706367292
Nagaon6656974999201165617
Sonitpur494965335614830579
Lakhimpur292261214172506433
Dhemaji181645122961304606
Tinsukia355444232858588302
Dibrugarh406265291883698148
Sibsagar382936289222672158
Jorhat375400285191660591
Golaghat322048235312557360
Karbi Anglong232652149922382574
North Cachar Hills6361042744106354
Cachar474145350292824437
Karimganj319205230914550119
Hailakandi155674107873263547

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.InstitutionsStrength
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 Arts7442
8.Master Degree in Science3944
9.Master Degree in Commerce1077
10.Ph.D.744
11.M.Phil.756
12.L.L.B.7140
Total 5,03,416


Percentage of passing

YearPass Percentage HSLCPass Percentage HS-SciencePass Percentage HS-ArtsPass Percentage HS-Commerce
199728.9462.7054.5954.36
199831.2370.9453.0055.84
199932.1360.1047.9756.26
200038.6958.9042.5540.29
2001 33.2753.0348.8658.93
200240.8758.6145.9540.95
200344.1163.9446.4460.47
200449.7966.7953.7964.70
200553.0767.6840.0864.80
200653.5472.5240.1162.55
200754.9368.4461.5067.14
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