Clocking a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5 per cent between 2007-08 and 2013-14, Punjab has ranked on top in terms of growth in the number of schools followed by Kerala (5.4 per cent) and Jammu and Kashmir (5.3 per cent) while the all-India growth rate remained at 2.5 per cent, noted a recent study by apex industry body Assocham.
Punjab has emerged as the leader with a CAGR of about eight per cent in terms of growth in student enrolment between 2007-08 and 2013-14 followed by Haryana (five per cent) and Gujarat (three per cent),” according to a study titled â€˜States Emergence: A comparative analysis of growth & development,’ conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
Student enrolment grew at just over one per cent CAGR across India during the aforesaid period, the study noted. Punjab has also registered highest growth rate of about 20 percent CAGR during 2007-08 and 2013-14 as the number of teachers in the state have increased from about 79,750 to over 2.36 lakh in this period.
In terms of education development challenge remains of providing equal opportunities for quality education to ever-growing number of students, reinvigorating institutions, crossing international benchmarks of excellence and extending the frontiers of knowledge,” said D.S. Rawat, national secretary general of Assocham.
Developing a rural education policy which is result oriented in respect of funding educational institutes and teachers, which may help in improving efficiency of teaching faculty, which would ultimately improve overall competency of rural students and provide incentives to private colleges, professional institutes, and other vocational institutions to set up facilities in rural and backward areas may result in better enrolment rates,” further said Rawat.