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Nearly 80 per cent lawmakers have graduation degrees: LS

india Updated: Mar 15, 2009 12:34 IST

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Contrary to popular belief that most of our Parliamentarians is not an educated lot, official records show that nearly 80 per cent of them have graduation as their minimum academic qualification.

As many as 428 out of 543 lawmakers have graduation or above as their educational qualification as per Lok Sabha records. While 157 Parliamentarians are post-graduate, 22 are doctorates.

The official data show that while there was a decrease in the number of under-matriculate MPs from 112 in the first Lok Sabha to 19 in the present Lower House, there was a substantial increase in the number of those having post-graduate degrees from 85 to 157.

There are as many as 22 Parliamentarians with doctorates, including Raghuvansh Prasad (RJD), M Ramadass (PMK), Rameshar Oraon, Rajesh Kumar Mishra (both Congress) and Kuwar Devendra Singh Yadav (SP).

Senior Parliamentarian and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, a double post-graduate, is among the highly qualified members besides Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee who is a Bar-at-Law.

Besides the senior Parliamentarians, the young MPs also contributed in the increase in the number of highly-qualified lawmakers.

Some of those noted MPs include Rahul Gandhi (MPhil), Jitin Prasada (MBA), industrialist-turned MP Naveen Jindal (MBA) and Milind Deora who has a degree in business administration.

Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot, also influential youth leaders, hold masters degree in business administration.