India : Students population rises by 30%

India’s student population in the 5-19 years age group has increased by 30% between 2001 and 2011. Some lagging sections are fast catching up than the previous census.

The student population in Muslims increased by 44%, within it there was an increase of 53% in girl students. This is still behind the 73% among Hindus. Jains with 88% have the highest student ratio in the 5-19 age bracket, followed by Christians.

Details of student populations among various religious communities are available in the freshly-released census data.

Religious communities that had embraced education more widely in the past, like the Christians, Sikhs, and Jains, understandably show much smaller changes since the last census in 2001. In fact, among Jains, there is a 10% decline in the number of students.

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