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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 DivisionTotal LiteracyMale LiteracyFemale LiteracyLiteracy %
Chungthang2733189284138.86
Angan100056446355942.75
Gangtok54898335482135052.19
Rabongla132758525475037.85
Gyalshing1817811795638336.62
Pakyong1890411480742445.68
Namchi28195172801091546.25
Soreng2819510456644536.14

 

Educational Institutions
InstitutesTotal
Primary Schools531
Middle (Junior) Schools118
Secondary Schools77
Senior Sec. Schools43
Public Schools2
Degree Colleges2
Engineering Colleges1
Medical Colleges1
B.Ed. Colleges1
Law Colleges1
Sheda1
Monastic Schools50
Sanskrit pathshala12
Madrasa1
Teachers Training Inst1
Industrial Training Inst1





School Health Report-2004-2005

 WestNorth EastSouth
Total no. of Students (Classes I-V)
10,184
5,69222,08216,719
Student check up
8,352
4,669
11,16110,827
DT (5-6 yrs)
1,861
924
31872474
TT (16 yrs)
671
256
1,723861
TT (10 yrs)1,428
855
4,948

2,429

Worm Infestation1,374
2,441
1,6423,650
Anemia1,365
1,250
1,3181,458
Conjunctivitis
182
186
413640
Dental caries921
800
6081,047
Diarrhea263
82
276312
Vitamin Deficiency61
1
97404
Any other467
347
407777

Number of Schools 2005

 State Central Private

Total

Lower Primary Schools166149216
Primary Schools 336 181517
Upper Primary School (JHS)147 59206
Secondary School92117110
Senior Secondary4136

50

TOTAL7825312

1099

Reservation of Seats for Higher Studies outside the State

SCSTOBC NBCOthers
6%23%21%10%5%
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