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The state of Tamil Nadu has witnessed phenomenal growth in education in the past few years. The state has a unique education system and is one of India’s most literate states, with a literacy rate of around 80.09 per cent. However, the state’s literacy rate has only increased at an increasing rate in the past few decades. The government of Tamil Nadu has always aimed to universalize education and has been engaging in various means to make it accessible to all. 

The state is home to a few of the best educational institutions. Be it primary education or higher education, Tamil Nadu has bloomed as just the perfect destination to pursue education in the past few years. From the top engineering colleges in Chennai to the best medical colleges in the state, Tamil Nadu stands as one of the finest places even for higher education today.

Primary & Secondary Education System In Tamil Nadu

The state’s structure of primary and secondary education is as per the national level pattern. The state houses approximately 2,550 primary and middle schools. The government takes various measures to cover out-of-school children like school dropouts, street children, migrant labour children, etc. The state ensures adequate education facilities and infrastructure for the students across the state. There are also various provisions made for the girl children.

Various schools offering secondary education have been opened alongside the up-gradation of the schools situated in backward and unserved areas. The state is now home to approximately 11,500 high and secondary schools, 49% of which are Government schools, while 36% are private. The state has few of the best schools offering top-class education. Further, the state ranks among the top three states in the country in school education and offers effective education while training students for the future.

Growth of Higher Education System in Tamil Nadu

The state of Tamil Nadu has seen a significant blip in Higher education. Students from different parts of the country take admission to various state colleges for the finest education and facilities provided by the institutions in the state. The state is home to a few of the top-ranked institutions and universities in the entire country. For instance, IIT Madras is not just one of the top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. Still, it is also one of the top engineering colleges in the country, known for providing quality education in India. The institution tops the chart of NIRF rankings as well. 

Numerous institutions and universities offer various courses at Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Diploma, and Research levels in multiple disciplines. The programs offered in the state are comprehensive in scope and variety. A few of the top institutions in the state are IIT Madras, NIT Trichy, VIT Vellore, Anna University, SRM University, Sathyabama University, SASTRA University, etc. Admissions into most of the top colleges in Tamil Nadu are based on Entrance examinations. For example, entries into the medical colleges in Tamil Nadu are based on NEET-UG. In contrast, admissions into the top engineering colleges in Chennai are primarily based on JEE Mains, JEE Advanced, or TANCET. Students can refer to the respective websites for additional eligibility criteria for the other colleges.

The institutions in the state are known for having the best infrastructure alongside providing quality education for the students. The state has some of the best scholarship and incentive schemes that bring all sections of the society under the shelter of higher education. Furthermore, the colleges in the state offer excellent placement opportunities by some of the leading recruiters. The state also houses great distance learning colleges providing specialized programs for the students within the state and beyond. Thus, Tamil Nadu has become one of the leading states in the country in offering high-quality education and significant opportunities to the students and is indeed the perfect place to pursue education for a prosperous career in the future.


Ankita Srivastava

Ankita Srivastava

Ankita writes about the education ecosystem on Edustoke. She is a Computer Applications graduate from Lucknow University, and is passionate about the world of pedagogy and emerging technologies. She is working in Content development sphere from 2+ years and looks forward to gain valuable experience in the same.

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