With a whopping 104 areas in Bengaluru doesn't have a single graduate. Recently, 30,000 villages in the state were surveyed by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department and the compiled statistics said that over 2,070 villages in Karnataka have zero graduates. But the fact that even Bengaluru, the country's IT capital, has such pockets came as a surprise to the Department of Collegiate Education. It now plans to fix the situation.
A place called Manchanahalli, under Bengaluru Urban district has a population of 1,796, but not one of them is a graduate. This is also the case with Hosahalli (population of 881), Arehalli (842) and Patnagere Gollahalli (252).
Ajay Nagabhushan MN, Commissioner, Department of Collegiate Education, "This census was done based on the socioeconomic status of villages in the state. They've given us the list and now it's our job to identify the real numbers and take action to improve the situation."
About the Bengaluru zero graduates situation:
- Asked why Bengaluru has so many settlements with no graduates, Nagabhushan explained: "These are places where the infrastructure is poor and teachers are not up to the mark. Then there are several social issues affecting students of such regions too. They quit college mid-way, but more worryingly, they don't want to go to college at all. It is in these areas that we see youth having early marriages. They usually stop education after PU."
- So, as the collegiate department begins to take its own count, it has broadly chalked out its plans to remedy the situation.
The measure's taken by the Collegiate Department:
- To identify PU students in the zero- graduate villages and check if they wish to study further.
- Identify the number of SSLC pass outs students in these villages. "We need to see, how many are actually moving from SSLC to PUC. This is crucial," says Ajay Nagabhushan.
- Motivate and start re-en- rolling those students who quit studies halfway.
According to the census report: