Education Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Located on the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are best known for their peaceful climate and tourism. Though there are few schools and colleges, it offers holistic education from primary to Ph.D level. The government of Andaman and Nicobar is working towards enhancing the education profile of the State, specially the deprived tribal people. As a result of their continuos efforts, Andaman and Nicobar is presently a Union Territory with one of the highest literacy rates in the country.
School Education in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Out of 306 Government schools, 24 are in tribal areas. All these Schools have a total of 85267 students including 6018 tribal students as on 30.09.2008. Education is provided in five mediums viz, English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali. The schools are mostly are affiliated to CBSE. The percentage of girl students is 48.38 and percentage of female teachers is 56.62%.
There are schools providing primary and secondary education to the students. Most of the schools are affiliated to C.B.S.E board. These educational institutions boast of excellent infrastructure and provide free primary education to students below the poverty line along with other facilities. A number of vernacular schools are also a key feature of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.Various Ashram schools have been established in the tribal areas to impart education among the tribal population of the islands. The education is free of cost and chilldren are provided with food and accommodation as well.
Higher Education in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
There are few arts and science colleges in the region and most of these are government owned. There are educational institutions offering various professional courses such as teacher’s training, diploma in polytechnics and some vocational courses as well. There are I.T.I institutes and polytechnic colleges in the islands. Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyalaya is one of the most important colleges of Andaman offering graduation and post graduation courses in subjects like Commerce, Political Science and Economics.
Education Department of Andaman
Colleges in Andaman