Education in Assam
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Assam is a state in northeastern India. In 2011, the literacy rate of Assam was estimated to be 73.18% (78.81% male and 67.27% female). The literacy rate of Assam is slightly below the national average of 74.04%.
School education in Assam is imparted through a number of pre-primary, primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools. The Government of Assam has implemented the free and compulsory education policy for students up to the age of 14. Schools in Assam are either state run or under the management of private organizations. The syllabus at primary schools is set up the Directorate of Elementary Education, Assam. While most schools are affiliated to state boards there are several schools in the state affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or North East National Board of School Education (NENBSE) .
Assam boasts of the most wide-ranging networks of higher educational institutions in the whole of North-Eastern region of India. Presence of institutions like the National Institute of Technology, Silchar; Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati and Tezpur University (a Central University) and several others help to add stature to the higher education system of Assam. The state is also home to several elite higher education institutions which include:
- Assam University
- Gauhati University
- Dibrugarh University
- Assam Medical College (Dibrugarh)
- Guwahati Medical College
- Assam Agricultural University (Jorhat)
- Assam Engineering College (Guwahati)
- K.K. Handique State Open University,
- Jorhat Engineering College (Jorhat),
- Jorhat Institute of Science & Technology (Jorhat)
Medium of instruction
The medium of instruction in Assam at the school level is usually Assamese; though there are many schools in the state that also use English as their medium of study. English is used to teach at almost all higher educational institutions in Assam. Many State Government (AHSEC) affiliated and all the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools in the state use English as their medium of instruction at the Higher Secondary level.