Gender Disparity and Policies of Inclusion: A Case Study of Women’s Education in Jammu and Kashmir

Posted: 4 Aug 2011

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Nazmul Hussain

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

Date Written: August 4, 2011

Abstract

Gender disparity has been a major issue in India’s pursuit for achieving the goal of universal elementary education. Education for women is the best way to improve the health, nutrition and economic status of a household that constitute a micro unit of a nation’s economy. In this context, it can be argued that lack of women’s education can be an impediment to the country’s economic development. However, despite this significance of the education the participation of women in the field of education is not very satisfactory. There is a wide gap between male-female literacy rates in India as well as in state of Jammu and Kashmir The current paper aims to trace the educational backwardness of women in Jammu and Kashmir to their past as well as their present status and role of Governmental and NGO’s in promotion of education among women in Jammu and Kashmir etc. The present paper is based on secondary data obtained from Census of India 2001 and supplemented with State Digest of Statistics and government reports wherever necessary. Women in Jammu and Kashmir suffer disproportionately in education relative to the men. Women of the state have low literacy rate, show low enrolment ratio and exhibit high dropout ratio. There is no doubt that both government and NGO’s are making serious attempts at resolving gender inequality in education in education in Jammu in Kashmir, but there is still the need to make frantic efforts like implementation of Right to Education Act.

Suggested Citation

Hussain, Nazmul, Gender Disparity and Policies of Inclusion: A Case Study of Women’s Education in Jammu and Kashmir (August 4, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1905029

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