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Kerala tops national education index

Kerala tops the Education Development Index in the field of elementary schooling followed by Delhi, while Tamil Nadu is placed third, Bihar ranks 35th in the list.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2007 10:44 IST

Kerala tops the Education Development Index (EDI) in the field of elementary schooling followed by Delhi, the human resource development ministry said Thursday.

While Tamil Nadu is placed third, Bihar ranks 35th in the composite EDI list.

Delhi, which stands second in the composite list, tops the chart of primary education index. The composite list encompasses performance both in the primary and upper primary level.

The ministry through the National University of Educational Planning and Administration has developed the EDI to track the progress of the states towards universal elementary education.

It is expected that this exercise will help more effective targeting of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) (universal education)
to the most needy districts.

The EDI is developed keeping in mind four broad parameters of access, infrastructure, teacher-related indicators and outcomes. The index takes into account 22 variables.