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2015-05-27

Gujarat incurs least expenditure on development of education sector: Assocham

Gujarat\'s education outlay as a percentage of the gross state domestic product (GSDP) has been just 3.3 per cent, the lowest among the top 20 states across India

As per the recent study by apex industry body Assocham, Gujarat has incurred the least expenditure on development of the education sector in recent years. The education outlay as a percentage of the gross state domestic product (GSDP) has been just 3.3 per cent, the lowest among the top 20 states across India.

Nationally, 1.3 per cent of GDP is being spend on education-related expenditure – Assam and Bihar (11 per cent) rank on top in terms education outlay per cent of their respective GSDP, according to a study titled 'States Emergence: A comparative analysis of growth and development,' conducted by Assocham.

The study noted that Gujarat ranks 11th in terms of growth in number of teachers in the state, which grew from over 2.3 lakh to over 3 lakh at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.8 per cent, which was below the national growth rate of 5.4 per cent between 2007-08 and 2013-14.

In terms of growth in number of schools, Gujarat ranked 12th with a CAGR of about 2 per cent as the number of schools grew from just over 39,000 schools to over 43,100 schools from 2007-08 to 2013-14. Study  also highlighted Gujarat's performance in terms of students per teacher which has improved slightly from 33 in 2007-08 to 30 in 2013-14. The state however ranks 17th in this regard.

Gujarat registered the third highest growth rate in terms of student enrolment, which grew at a CAGR of over 3 per cent between 2007-08 and 2013-14. Nationally, enrolment in schools grew at just about 1 per cent in this period.

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