42.7 per cent Muslims illiterate, says Census

According to the data, the percentage of illiterates is 36.4 for Hindus, 32.5 for Sikhs, 28.2 for Buddhists and 25.6 for Christians.

Written by Amitabh Sinha , Sagnik Chowdhury | New Delhi | Published:September 1, 2016 2:50 am
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For religious communities as a whole, only 5.63 per cent have attained education levels of graduation and above.

At 42.7 per cent, Muslims have the highest percentage of illiterates, while Jains, at 86.4 per cent, have the highest percentage of literates, according to Census 2011 data on education level by religious community and gender released Wednesday.

According to the data, the percentage of illiterates is 36.4 for Hindus, 32.5 for Sikhs, 28.2 for Buddhists and 25.6 for Christians. The overall percentage of illiterates is 36.9 for all communities.

The Christian community has 74.3 per cent literacy, followed by Buddhists (71.8 per cent ), Sikhs (67.5 per cent), Hindus (63.6 per cent) and Muslims (57.3 per cent).

For religious communities as a whole, only 5.63 per cent have attained education levels of graduation and above. Of people who have studied up to graduation or above, 61.6 per cent are men and 38.4 per cent women.

In 7-16 years age group for all religious communities as a whole, 11.7 per cent are illiterate, 1.46 per cent are literate without education, 36.67 per cent are educated below primary, 28.62 per cent have studied primary level; 15.56 per cent till middle school, and 5.69 per cent till matriculation.

In the 17-18 age group for all religious communities, 11.73 per cent are illiterate, 2.62 per cent are literate without education, 4.62 per cent are educated till below primary, 14.35 per cent till primary, 18.59 per cent till middle school, 31.97 per cent till matriculation and 14.99 per cent till higher secondary level.

In the 19-24 age group for all religious communities, 16.25 per cent are illiterate, 4.20 per cent are literate without education, 5.73 per cent are educated till below primary, 14.93 per cent till primary, 19.66 per cent till middle, 11.58 till matriculation, 16.84 per cent till higher secondary, 0.20 per cent have a non-technical diploma, 1.56 per cent have a technical diploma, and 10.91 per cent are graduates and above.

Among Jains, 25.65 per cent are graduates or have studied further. Of them, 44.8 per cent are women. The corresponding figure is 8.84 per cent for Christians (49.8 per cent women), 6.39 per cent for Sikhs (49.9 per cent women), 6.17 per cent for Buddhists (38.15 per cent women), 5.98 for Hindus (37.5 per cent women) and 2.75 per cent for Muslims, of whom 36.65 per cent are women.

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    PUSPARAJ SAHOO
    Sep 1, 2016 at 8:20 am
    Again the newspaper have highlighted -on religious basis. And potraying muslims for sympathy. Illiterates are illiterates stop dividing them on basis of religion. This newspaper must also do this in neighboring pak and bangladesh where hindus are minority in severe.
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    Iqbal Latif
    Sep 3, 2016 at 6:43 am
    "In 1824 when Government decided to start a Sanskrit College in Calcutta, the Hindu leaders met under the leadership of Raja Ram Mohan Roy and demanded that they did not want Sanskrit College to be established by Government but wanted that it should start English colleges as far as possible. On the other hand in 1835, after 11 years when the Mohammedans came to know that Government intends to start English teaching in all schools, they submitted an application signed by 8000 Moulvis of Calcutta to stop it. Muslims vehemently opposed the new system of education believing that the philosophy and logic taught in English was at variance with the tenets of Islam. They looked upon the study of English as little less than embracing of Christianity." lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why Muslims remained backward in South Asia?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;news/2008/01/27/1258356-why-muslims-remained-backward-in-south-asia-the-root-cause-of-talebinzation
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