India is the largest democratic educational ecosystem in the world: Education Minister
New Delhi: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has said India is the largest democratic educational ecosystem in the world, with as many as 34 crore children studying here, which is more than the entire population of many countries.
While addressing at a high-level ministerial meeting convened by UNESCO on Monday, the Minister said India has 1.1 lakh teachers, and there are 10.5 lakh schools, 42,000 colleges and 1,043 universities in India.
He said: “At least 10.5 lakh students from our government schools complete their matriculation every year. yearly, 80.2 lakh undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are offered in India and around 39,000 others are given Ph.D.” He also narrated the highlights of the new education policy at the UNESCO meeting.
Nishank spoke to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UNESCO’s Education Ministers about the challenges being faced in the country and the work being done on the strategy of leaving no students behind.
He said: “Despite the remarkable size of the educational ecosystem in India, we have successfully ensured that every child living in the remotest parts of the country continues to receive education even in the times of pandemic. We have used digital, television, radio to ensure that no child is deprived of education.”
He also explained in detail about the PM eVidya scheme launched under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.