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How much it takes to educate people in India; Cost of education revealed in four charts

The rising cost in education has made it extremely cumbersome for financially weak families in India to let their children pursue studies.

How much it takes to educate people in India; Cost of education revealed in four charts
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The rising cost in education has made it extremely cumbersome for financially weak families in India to let their children pursue studies. The condition of Indian education is dismal with more people in recent times not even making it to school, according to a recent report by NSO. About 70% of rural Indians are not able to complete 10th class education; the same number stands at over 40% for urban India. In higher education, only 1 in every ten Indians has a graduate degree and above. Pursuing a college degree in general courses means average expenditure of Rs 5,240 per student in rural areas, and more than three times the rural average spends i.e, Rs 16,308 in urban areas. For those who choose to pursue medical degrees, the cost soars to over Rs 72,000 a year.

Here’s what average education costs are in a year for various education levels in India.

Average expenditure (in Rs.) relating to basic course per student pursuing a general course. (Image: CARE Ratings)

What does it take to enrol a child in engineering courses? An average amount of Rs 63,280 per year plus accommodation and other charges. In India, the average per capita income is about Rs 10,500 per month.

Average expenditure (Rs) per student pursuing technical/professional course during the current academic year. (Image: CARE Ratings)

Apart from fees which constitute about half of the total spends on education, there are various other miscellaneous expenses that make for a costly education.

A major chunk of total educational expenditure is of fee for tuition, Books, stationery and other costs are there as well. (Image: CARE Ratings)

The following chart depicts the share of the Indian population that has completed certain level of education. Only 11% of the population or roughly one in every 10 individuals has a graduate degree and above. Every one in four persons is not literate.

Distribution of persons of age 15 years and above by the highest level of education successfully completed (in %). (Image: CARE Ratings)

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