Education in Rajasthan – Rajasthan has witnessed around 7% increase in literacy rate from census 2001 to 2011. The literacy rate in 2001 was 60.40%.
and as of 2011, the last recorded literacy rate is 67.06%. The literacy rate in Rajasthan amongst men (both urban and rural) is 80.51%.
Rajasthan Education system
On the other hand, the literacy rate of females in Rajasthan (both urban and rural) is 52.66%, which reflects the male-domination in this state.
Despite implementing the women education and empowerment schemes, the female literacy rate of Rajasthan is the lowest in India.
After the consolidation of schools in Rajasthan in 2014 to 2016, the number of primary schools was reduced from 48,031 to 33,433, which is still the same.
The number of schools offering education till upper primary level is 20,251.
As per the reports of 2016-17, Rajasthan has 9419 schools, imparting education at secondary and higher secondary levels.
Rajasthan Education system
The state has Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur as the key educational hubs.
Kota is recognized as the most sought after coaching city for the most competitive entrance exams like JEE and NEET.
There are 290 government colleges in Rajasthan to impart affordable education at UG and PG levels.
As per the latest UGC report, Rajasthan has a total of 85 universities operating as state, private and deemed universities.
It shows how the government has been endeavoring to raise the higher education standards in Rajasthan. According to the NIRF Ranking 2020.
Birla Institute of Technology & Science Rajasthan is at 15th position and the other Banasthali Vidyapith at 55th position in the top best colleges list of India.
Quality of Education in Rajasthan
At elementary level, Rajasthan witnessed a huge drop in the number of government school enrollments.
Between the year 2011 and 2014, the enrollment dropped from 119 million to 130 million. Hence, the government decided to raise the numbers of small schools across the districts.
Also, the government prepared a plan to consolidate a few schools and close the schools with negligible enrollments.
The consolidation of schools also enabled the higher efficiency and proper utilization of resources.
Some of the key initiatives by the government to improve the quality of education in Rajasthan are:
Introduced in 2015-16, the ‘Adarsh School’ program ensures that each Gram Panchayat has at least one secondary or senior secondary school within its effective area.
The state government made sure to equip these schools with all the modern facilities and efficient staff.
In 2015-16, the government launched ‘State Initiative for Quality Education’ (SIQE) scheme to enhance learning levels of students studying in standard I to V in all secondary/senior-secondary schools.
As shown in the above table, Rajasthan Government succeeded in compensating the drop in the number of enrollments after launching schemes to reinforce the educational infrastructure of the state.
Schools in Rajasthan
There are numerous schools in Rajasthan that follow the 10+2 pattern till now.
However, after the implementation of the 5+3+3+4 pattern, the state schools will follow the new education policy. Here are the tables of schools in Rajasthan.
Colleges in Rajasthan
There are various government and private colleges in Rajasthan.
Here is a list of colleges according to the data available at the official website of UGC.
University in Rajasthan
There is only one central university in Rajasthan.
Here is a table with the name of the central university situated in Ajmer, Rajasthan.