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Sikkim as an Educational Destination

Updated on: Aug 1, 2013

Sikkim became the 22nd state of India with effect from 26th April, 1975. This jewel-like mountain state of ethereal beauty with an area of 7299 sq. km nestles in the heart  of Himalayas. The state’s literacy rate, according to 2001 census was 69.68% i.e. 76.73% for males and 61.46% for females.

Schooling in Sikkim starts at the age of 5 when a child is admitted into Class I of the primary stage. The state follows a uniform system of education i.e. the 10+2 system. The primary stage consists of Classes I-V, middle stage consists of Classes VI-VIII and the secondary stage consists of Classes IX-X. The state has encouraged its children by providing free education for the age group of 6-14. The “Sarva Siksha Abhiyan” is running in full swing to raise the literacy percentage in remote areas of the state.

There are a total of 1545 government-run educational institutions and eighteen private schools mostly located in towns. There are about twelve colleges and other institutions in Sikkim that offer higher education. The largest institution in the state is the highly-renowned Sikkim Manipal University which offers higher education in engineering and SMIMS medicine. There are two state-run polytechnics, Advanced Technical Training Centre (ATTC) and Centre for Computers and Communication Technology (CCCT) in Sikkim which offer diploma courses in various branches of engineering.

Literacy in Sikkim

Sub Division Total Literacy Male Literacy Female Literacy Literacy %
Chungthang 2733 1892 841 38.86
Angan 10005 6446 3559 42.75
Gangtok 54898 33548 21350 52.19
Rabongla 13275 8525 4750 37.85
Gyalshing 18178 11795 6383 36.62
Pakyong 18904 11480 7424 45.68
Namchi 28195 17280 10915 46.25
Soreng 28195 10456 6445 36.14

 

Educational Institutions
Institutes Total
Primary Schools 531
Middle (Junior) Schools 118
Secondary Schools 77
Senior Sec. Schools 43
Public Schools 2
Degree Colleges 2
Engineering Colleges 1
Medical Colleges 1
B.Ed. Colleges 1
Law Colleges 1
Sheda 1
Monastic Schools 50
Sanskrit pathshala 12
Madrasa 1
Teachers Training Inst 1
Industrial Training Inst 1





School Health Report-2004-2005

  West North East South
Total no. of Students (Classes I-V)
10,184
5,692 22,082 16,719
Student check up
8,352
4,669
11,161 10,827
DT (5-6 yrs)
1,861
924
3187 2474
TT (16 yrs)
671
256
1,723 861
TT (10 yrs) 1,428
855
4,948

2,429

Worm Infestation 1,374
2,441
1,642 3,650
Anemia 1,365
1,250
1,318 1,458
Conjunctivitis
182
186
413 640
Dental caries 921
800
608 1,047
Diarrhea 263
82
276 312
Vitamin Deficiency 61
1
97 404
Any other 467
347
407 777

Number of Schools 2005

  State Central Private

Total

Lower Primary Schools 166 1 49 216
Primary Schools  336   181 517
Upper Primary School (JHS) 147   59 206
Secondary School 92 1 17 110
Senior Secondary 41 3 6

50

TOTAL 782 5 312

1099

Reservation of Seats for Higher Studies outside the State

SC ST OBC NBC Others
6% 23% 21% 10% 5%
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