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Education in Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu is one of the most literate states in India1 The state's literacy rate is 8033% in 2011,2 which is above the national average A survey conducted by the Industry body Assocham ranks Tamil Nadu top among Indian states with about 100% Gross Enrollment Ratio GER in primary and upper primary education3


  • 1 Education Administration or Authority
  • 2 School education
    • 21 Enrollment
    • 22 Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education
    • 23 Medium of instruction
    • 24 Accreditation
    • 25 Directorates
    • 26 Government of Tamil Nadu's schemes
  • 3 Intermediate education
  • 4 Higher education
    • 41 Universities
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Education Administration or Authorityedit

  • Tamil Nadu Government
    • Tamil Nadu Higher Education Department
    • Tamil Nadu School Education Department
  • Union Government
    • University Grants Commission India
    • All India Council for Technical Education

School educationedit

The structure of education in the state is based on the national level pattern with 12 years of schooling 10+2+3, consisting of eight years of elementary education, that is, five years of primary and three years of middle school education for the age groups of 6-11 and 11–14 years, respectively, followed by secondary and higher Secondary education of two years each besides two years of pre-primary education The entry age in class 1 is 5+ Pre-primary classes form age group 3 to 4 The higher secondary school certificate enables pupils to pursue studies either in universities or in colleges for higher education in general academic streams and in technical and professional courses


There were a total of 12855485 children enrolled across the state as of 2010, with the split up of 9797264 students in primary, 1873989 in secondary and 1184232 in higher secondary classrooms4

Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Educationedit

Main article: Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education

Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education, established in 1910, is under the purview of the Department of Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, India The Tamil Nadu State Board of School Examination evaluates students' progress by conducting two board examinations-one at the end of class 10 and the other at the end of class 12 The scores from the class 12 board examinations are used by universities to determine eligibility and as a cut-off for admissions into their programmes

Medium of instructionedit


  • Tamil & English - are Common Medium Languages Most private schools medium of instruction is English while the government run schools are primarily Tamil medium

Peculiar Cases:

  • The Kendriya Vidyalaya's run by the central government have a dual medium of instruction - English and Hindi


All recognized schools belong to one of the following accreditation systems:

  • Central Board of Secondary Education - for all years of study
  • Tamil Nadu State Board - for all years of study
  • Indian Certificate of Secondary Education - for all years of study
  • Matriculation System for classes K - 10 and automatically rolled over to Tamil Nadu State Board for classes 11 and 12
  • Tamil Nadu Anglo-Indian School Leaving Certificate for classes K - 10 and automatically rolled over to Tamil Nadu State Board for classes 11 and 12

Exceptions to the above rule include a few schools that follow the Montessori method, International Baccalaureate, IGCSE or the American system


The Minister of Education, who is a member of the state legislature, is in overall charge of education in the state The following Directorates implement those education aspects which are under the control of the School Education Department5

  • Directorate of Elementary Education
  • State Project Directorate, District Primary Education Programme and SSA
  • Directorate of School Education
  • Directorate of Matriculation Schools
  • Directorate of Government Examination
  • Directorate of Teacher Education, Research and Training
  • Directorate of Non-formal and Adult Education
  • Directorate of Public Libraries
  • Teachers Recruitment Board
  • Tamil Nadu Text-book Corporation5

Government of Tamil Nadu's schemesedit

Some of the schemes introduced by the Tamil Nadu government in school education are6

  • Mid-day Meal Scheme
  • Early Childhood Care and Education ECCE
  • Girls education
  • Computer education
  • Integrated Education for the Disabled IED
  • National Programme of Education for Girls at Elementary Level NPEGEL
  • Kasturba Gandhi Ballka Vidyalaya KGBV
  • Educational satellite EDUSAT
  • Distribution of free textbooks
  • Distribution of free uniforms
  • Distribution of free bus pass

Intermediate educationedit

  • ITI Certificate Industrial Training Institute - Regulated by Department of Employment and Training Commissionerate of Employment and Training and National Council for Vocational Training

Higher educationedit

Main article: List of institutions of higher education in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has 37 universities,7 552 in 2014 engineering colleges and 1150 arts college, 2550 schools and 5000 hospitals Tamil Nadu Directorate Of Technical Education TNDTE under the control of the Tamil Nadu Higher Education Department deals with Diploma, Post Diploma, Degree, Post Graduate courses and Research programmes It also regulates the establishment of technical institutions including commerce institutions such as Typewriting, Shorthand and Accountancy


Main article: List of institutions of higher education in Tamil Nadu Anna University, College of Engineering, Guindy, the oldest engineering school of India

Two types of universities in Tamil Nadu are,

  • Public University or Government University It is run by State Governments of Union of India or Government of Union of India
  • Private University or Deemed University

See alsoedit

  • Tamil Nadu
  • Education in Chennai
  • Education in India
  • Education in Kerala
  • List of Tamil Nadu Government's Educational Institutions
  • Tamilnadu government colleges
  • Tamil Nadu Higher Education Department
  • Tamil Nadu School Department


  1. ^ TNN, 14 May 2003, 0729pm IST 14 May 2003 "Tamil Nadu India's most literate state" The Times of India group Retrieved 18 July 2010 CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list link
  2. ^ "Literacy Rate of Tamilnadu" Census of India 2011 
  3. ^ "Tamil Nadu's boasts of best school enrollment figures" indiaedunewsnet 
  4. ^ "Number of Students" Datagovin Open Data Initiative of India Retrieved 22 April 2015 
  5. ^ a b "School Education" TN Government 
  6. ^ "Schemes of Govtof TN" PDF Govtof Tamilnadu 
  7. ^ Universities in Tamil Nadu

External linksedit

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