An Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) study has found that Punjab ranks on the top in terms of growth in the number of schools followed by Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir.
The state ranked on top on most educational parameters, the study says.
The study titled ‘States Emergence: A comparative analysis of growth and development 2015’ said Punjab clocked an annual compounded growth rate of 6.5 per cent between 2007-08 and 2013-14 when it came to opening new schools.
The growth rate in case of Punjab continues in 2015-16. The report says that Punjab has emerged as the leader with a compounded annual growth rate of 8 per cent in terms of growth in student enrolment between 2007-08 and 2013-14 followed by Haryana (5 per cent) and Gujarat (3 per cent).
Ironically, the student enrolment grew at just over 1 per cent as compounded annual growth rate across India during this period. Punjab has also registered highest growth rate of about 20 per cent compounded annual growth rate 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 during this period.
The school education department and higher education and language department in Punjab are likely to fill 30,107 and 2,198 job vacancies respectively in one year.
Punjab is also ranked fairly high as 52 per cent of schools in the state had computer facility in 2013-14 as against about 31 per cent in 2007-08. In India, about 23 per cent of schools had computer facility. In terms of expenditure incurred by the state on education as per cent of their gross state domestic product Punjab spends 4.3 percent of gross state domestic product on education while Gujarat spends 3.3 percent on education. Nationally 1.3 per cent of the gross domestic product is being incurred on education sector-related expenditures.
As many as 27 model/adarsh schools have been set up in the educationally backward blocks of the state. In addition, 25 adarsh schools have been set up across the state under the public private partnership (PPP) mode.
“Punjab has taken the lead in opening residential schools for meritorious students in Amritsar, Patiala, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Mohali where all expenses are borne by the state government,” Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said.