Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Book literacy in India

We have plenty of colleges and universities in India. But, not enough, considering our population. A look at some numbers:
20 central universities.
215 state universities.
100 deemed universities.
5 institutions established and functioning under the State Act.
13 institutes of national importance.
16000 colleges (including 1800 exclusive women's colleges), affiliated to these universities and institutions.
1522+ degree-granting engineering colleges in India, who take in 582,000  new students each year.
1,244 polytechnics who take in 265,000 each year.
These educational institutions are churning graduates by the millions. But, how many of these people actually read books? Let's see what's happening in the U.S. Below are some facts about literacy in the U.S.:
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
I think the corresponding Indian numbers would be more disheartening.

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