Despite a big increase in college attendance, especially among women, fewer than one out of every 10 Indians is a graduate, new Census data show.
Over the weekend, the office of the Census Commissioner and Registrar-General of India released new numbers on the level of education achieved by Indians as of 2011.
They show that with 6.8 crore graduates and above, India still has more than six times as many illiterates.
While rural India accounts for only a third of all graduates, the rate of increase in graduates was faster in rural than in urban India over the last decade, and fastest of all among rural women. From 26 lakh graduates 10 years ago, nearly 67 lakh rural women are now graduates. Rural Indians are more likely to have non-technical graduate degrees than urban Indians, while urban India accounts for 80 per cent of all Indian technology and medicine graduates.
Among those with a graduate degree or above, the majority (over 60 percent) are those who have a non-technical graduate degree.