Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Orissa has lowest attendance: Survey

Half of youth in India away from education: survey
PTI, Tuesday, December 19, 2006 19:43 IST

NEW DELHI: Kerala topped the list of states in terms of literacy, while the rural areas of Bihar had the worst literacy rate of 50 per cent of the people in the age group of 5-29 years have not gone to any educational institution.

According to a recent survey of the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), the literacy rate in India during 2004-05 was 64 per cent, with Kerala topping the list among the states with 83 per cent of its rural population and 85 per cent of its urban residents literate.

Bihar's rural areas had the lowest literacy rate -- 44 per cent, while the urban literacy rate was lowest in Rajasthan at 64 per cent.

The survey found that only about 50 of the people in the age group of 5-29 were currently attending any educational institution. They included 53 per cent males and 46 per cent females.

Among the states, the attendance rate was highest (60 per cent) in Haryana and lowest (42 per cent) in Orissa. While 63 per cent of all these students were in government institutions, about 17 per cent of students were studying in private unaided institutions and 14 per cent were attached to private aided institutes.

A meagre six per cent them were attending the local body institutions, the survey on 'Status of Education and Vocational Training in India -- 2004-05' said.

Majority of males, who were away from education, attributed the reason to "to supplement household income". Similarly girls cited the reason to attend "domestic chores", the survey found.

In the age group of 15-29 years, about two per cent reported to have received formal vocational training and another eight per cent reported to have received non-formal vocational training.

In 26 per cent of the households in the rural areas and eight per cent of the households in urban areas, there was not a single member in the age of 15 years and above who could read and write a simple message with understanding, the survey said.

About 50 per cent of rural households and about 20 per cent of urban had no literate among the female members of age 15 years and above, it said.

Friday, December 01, 2006


To meet demand for faculty, PHFI sends trainees abroad: Indian Express

To meet demand for faculty, PHFI sends trainees abroad

With 7 to 10 public health institutes coming up by 2008, PHFI doesn’t want to make dent in faculty of existing


WITH seven to 10 public health institutes likely to come up across the country by 2008, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is geared up for “developingtheirownfaculty.” With the aim that none of the existing institutes should be deprived of senior faculty members once the new ones come up, the Foundation is planning to train 100 faculty members in presti giouspublichealthinstitutesacrosstheworld. To start with, 16 selected persons have al- readybeensenttoinstituteslikeHarvardPub- lic Health School and Johns Hopkins in the USandLondonSchoolofHygieneandTrop- ical Medicine in the UK. Discussions are on withinstitutesinAustraliaandEuropeaswell. “Even prestigious institutes in developing countries will be considered as this will pro- videteachersfirst-handknowledgeaboutvar- ious issues concerning these countries and their solutions as well,’’ said Dr K Srinath Reddy, president of PHFI.

Called the ‘Junior Faculty Development Programme’, it is part of the three- pronged strategytogetpublichealthexpertstoteachin these schools. While the senior faculty would comprise recently retired members of top notch institutes in India, it would also include faculty presently teaching elsewhere in the country.will be The middle level the Indian diaspora who are publichealthexpertsabroad and want to settle in India. “The junior programme is more interesting as the peo pleareeitherfreshersorfromotherfieldslike doctors or nurses, who are being trained as faculty,’’ said Dr Reddy.

Though the PHFI has identified Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat and West Bengal as the places where the institutes are likely to comeup,thefinaldecisionwillbetakeninthe board meeting to be held in a few weeks time. It is also planning to upgrade institutes like Sri Chitra Institute in Thiruvananthapuram and University of Pune.

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