Education in Assam

Assam has an impressive track record with education. As per the Census Report of 2011, its literacy rate is 73.18% with the urban areas showing a higher percentage at 88.88%, and the rural areas with 70.44%. Statistically, males and females have a discrepancy in their literacy rates, but still the urban females at 67.27% are much higher than the all India female literacy rate (65.46%).

The education system in Assam is categorized into school education and college or university education. The Government of Assam handles the major part of the education; however, there are schools and colleges that are run by private concerns and famous educationists in the state. The institutions under the state government follow a state centric syllabus. The private educational concerns have their own syllabus, administration and fee structure. Assamese is the medium of instruction in the state run schools, whereas English is preferred as the medium of instruction in the private ones and the colleges and universities.

Primary education in Assam

Being part of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Mission for the Education for All), initiated by the Central Government, the state provides free compulsory elementary education to children of the ages of 6 to 14 (Class I to VII). Under this initiative, students are provided with study material, uniforms and even mid day meals. Since the year 2002, the percentage of students out of school has decreased remarkably from 24.39%, in 2002, to 3.56%, in 2009.

A five-year old child begins his educational journey from a pre-primary school. The hierarchy in the schools in Assam thereon is:

Primary Till Class V
Middle Till Class VIII
High Till Class X
Higher secondary/Junior College Till Class XI

State run public, self financed private as well as government aided schools offer quality education to children in the cities and towns of Assam. Most of the schools follow the state’s education and examination board. Many of the private schools follow the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and ICSE/ISC (Indian Certificate for Secondary Education for Class X/Indian School Certificate for Class XII) syllabuses. The infrastructure of the schools is well developed with playgrounds, libraries and spacious classrooms. Teachers imparting the education have professional degrees and expertise in the subject they teach. Top schools in the state include:

Some best schools in Assam

  • The Assam Valley School, P.P. & T.O. – Balipara, Distt : Sonitpur,
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya Narangi, Guwahati, Assam Guwahati Assam
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya Guwahati, Assam Guwahati Assam
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2, Tezpur, Guwahati, Assam Guwahati Assam
  • Gurukul Grammar School Pub-gita Nagar Guwahati – Assam
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya Maligaon, Guwahati, Assam Guwahati Assam
  • Oil Valley School Bogapani Colony P S Digboi – Assam
  • Maria’s Public School Birkuchi Narangi Guwahati – Assam More..
  • Delhi Public School O N G C Nazira – Assam
  • Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (neepco) Post Umrangso N C Hills – Assam More..
  • Delhi Public School Oil India Ltd Dibrugarh – Assam
  • Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (nec) Baragolai Post Margherita Tinsukhia – Assam
  • Carmel School Jorhat, Assam
  • Don Bosco High School Guwahati, Assam
  • Holy Child School Guwahati, Assam
  • Holy Cross Sonai Road, Silchar, Assam
  • Holy Cross High School Silchar, Assam
  • Holy Cross School Silchar, Assam
  • John Firth Mission English High School Lakhimpur North, Assam
  • Saint Mary’s High School Guwahati, Assam
  • Saint Mary’s School Lakhimpur North, Assam
  • Sainik School Goalpara,P.O. Rajpura Assam – 783133
Name of School Location Education Board
Kendriya Vidyalaya Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Kamrup, Cachar, Silchar, Tinsukia, Jorhat CBSE
Assam Valley School Sonitpur ICSE/ISC
Delhi Public School Nazira CBSE
Sainik School Goalpura, Rajpura CBSE

Higher secondary education is also imparted in colleges such as Gurucharan College, Dimoria College, CKB Commerce College and Kalongpar Vidyapith.

There is a Women’s College in Tinsukia that offers junior college and vocational courses as well. These vocational courses include tourism and travel management, food and nutrition, fashion designing, Tally 7.2, Office XP, DCA and Spoken and Functional English, which require a higher secondary education. Courses such as Beautician (Basic and Advance) and Internet does not require any formal education. Pre primary and primary school training, and journalism and mass communication courses require a graduation. All these courses are of short durations of less than or equal to one year.

Graduation and PG level courses in Assam

Assam takes its higher education seriously. It is no wonder that the subjects covered in the universities are diverse. Several private, government and government sponsored private institutions have been newly set up, along with the older ones, to enhance the level of professional courses taught in the state in both the technical and non-technical subjects. These new developments include an engineering college (third in Assam), polytechnic college in Diphu, new Gauhati Univesity campus at Kokrajhar and the introduction of an integrated five-year law course at the Government Law College in the state’s capital, Guwahati.

For the 3-year graduation courses the candidates need to have passed the higher secondary examination as it is prevalent in other states. Admission to the colleges is, therefore, based on merit in terms of board exam marks. Students can find both general and major degree courses in the graduation level. There are compulsory subjects of English and a second language (Assamese, Bengali and Alternative English), and environmental studies that needs to be taken along with the subjects of the students’ choice.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council in India have recognized about 200 institutions in various places in Assam. Top colleges in Assam include:

Name of College Location University affiliation Courses Offered NAAC Grade (present status)
Cotton College Guwahati Gauhati University Bachelors degree in arts and sciences A
Gurucharan College Silchar Assam University Bachelors degree in arts, commerce and sciences B++
Dimoria College Khetri, Kamrup Gauhati University Bachelors degree in arts and sciences A
CKB Commerce College Jorhat Dibrugarh University Bachelors in commerce and business administration B
Darrang College Tezpur Gauhati University Bachelors degree in arts, commerce and sciences B++

The post-graduate or PG level courses, offered by the colleges and universities in Assam, require a graduation in the respective or associated subjects. The admission to these courses is based on the graduation marks and an entrance test. Among the existing universities, the top names are:

Name of University Established in Location Faculties and Departments Affiliation
Gauhati University 1948 Guwahati 9 academic units including arts, sciences, commerce, law, medicine and engineering UGC
Dibrugarh University 1965 Rajabheta, Dibrugarh About 17 departments; subjects in arts, commerce, sciences and technology UGC and NAAC (B Grade)
Assam University 1994 Durgakona, Silchar 9 schools; 29 departments; subjects in arts, science and technology UGC
Tezpur University 1994 Napaam, Tezpur 4 schools; science & technology, humanities and social sciences, management and engineering UGC

Some Top Colleges:-

Top Engineering colleges in Assam

  • Assam Engineering College, Guwahati
  • Don Bosco College of Engineering and Technology, Guwahati
  • Girijananda Chowdhary Institute of Management and Technology, Guwahati
  • Jorhat Engineering College, Jorhat

Top MBA colleges Assam

  • Assam Institute OF Management, Guwahati
  • Assam University, Silchar
  • Gauhati University – Department of Business Administration, Guwahati

Top MCA colleges Assam

  • Jorhat Engineering College, Jorhat
  • North Eastern Regional Institute of Management (Nerim), Guwahati
  • Dibrugarh Universtiy, Dibrugarh
  • Institute of Management & Information Technology (IMIT), Guwahati
  • Tezpur University, Tezpur

Top B.Ed colleges Assam

  • Baihata Chariali B.Ed College
  • Barnagar B.Ed College, Sarbhog
  • Bongaigaon B.Ed College
  • College of Teacher Education, Tinsukia
  • Digboi B.Ed College

Top Animation colleges Assam

  • Arena Animation, Guwahati
  • Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics(MAAC), Guwahati
  • Zee Institute of Creative Art(ZICA)

Top Music colleges Assam

  • Gauhati University, Kamrup
  • Assam University, Cachar
  • State College of Music, Guwahati

Top Arts colleges Assam

  • Tengakhat College, Dibrugarh
  • Pragjyotish College, Kamrup
  • Madhya Kamrup College, Barpeta
  • J.D.S.G. College, Golaghat
  • Darrang College, Sonitpur
  • Anandaram Dhekial Phookan College, Nagaon

Top Commerce colleges Assam

  • Gauhati Commerce College, Guwahati
  • K C Das Commerce College, Guwahati
  • Diphu Government College, Karbi Anglong
  • Nalbari Commerce College, Nalbari
  • Bongaigaon College, Bongaigaon

Top Fashion Design colleges Assam

  • Assam Textile Institute, Guwahati
  • JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Guwahati
  • Northeast Institute of Fashion Technology, Guwahati

Top Journalism colleges Assam

  • Guwahati University, Kamrup

Top Law colleges Assam

  • Dispur Law College (Affiliated to: Guwahati University), Guwahati
  • NEF Law College, Guwahati
  • University Law College, Guwahati
  • J. B. Law College (Affiliated to: Guwahati University), Guwahati
  • Tinsukia Law College, Tinsukia
  • Tezpur Law College, Sonitpur
  • Dhubri Law College, Dhubri

Top Medical colleges Assam

  • Guwahati Medical College, Nagaon
  • Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh
  • Silchar Medical College, Cachar

Top Science colleges Assam

  • Cotton college, Guwahati
  • Handique Girls’ College, Guwahati
  • B. Barooah College
  • Arya Vidyapeeth College, Guwahati
  • Guwahati College

Professional Courses in Assam

There are numerous professional courses available in the state. In addition, there are specialty colleges and individual departments in universities as well. Admission process in the courses usually includes an admission test. Top professional courses in Assam include:

Type of Colleges Courses offered Admission Process Professional/ Specialty Colleges or Departments
Engineering B.Tech and M.Tech Joint Admission Test/All Indian Entrances Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati Jorhat Engineering College, Jorhat School of Engineering, Tezpur
Management B.B.A./ M.B.A. Written Test at the respective colleges Assam Institute of Management, Guwahati School of Management Studies, Tezpur University Department of Business Administration, Gauhati University
Hotel Management Bachelors and post graduation in hospitality & hotel administration, catering technology, tourism management First come first serve basis (though there is certain reservation of seats) for the Jorhat institute Guwahati college has an aptitude test North East Institute of Management Science, Jorhat Institute of Hotel Management, Guwahati
Medical M.B.B.S./M.S Common Entrance Examination Assam Medical College Guwahati Medical College Silchar Medical College
Agriculture B.Sc (Agri/H.Sc) or B.V.Sc or B.F.Sc, M.Sc (Agri/Seri/Horti) and Ph.D. Entrance test for Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.) Assam Agricultural University
Law L.L.B. Admission test Government Law College
Architecture B.Arch. Aptitude Test at respective college Royal School of Architecture, Guwahati Guwahati College of Architecture

Apart from these, there are many other courses in Assam, which students can consider. These include food processing technology, polytechnic, journalism and mass communication, pharmaceutical sciences and education.

Education for non resident students in Assam

Students staying in another northeastern state other than Assam can take the advantage of reserved seats, which most educational institutions provide. The non-residents students can apply in the general quota.

Education for Foreign students in Assam

Foreign students can directly apply at the university they choose. For instance, if you want to study engineering in Assam, you do not have to give the Joint Admission Test. You need to apply to the engineering college.

Hostels and accommodation in Assam

Non-resident and foreign students can avail of the hostels in the universities of Gauhati, Dibrugarh, Assam and Tezpur. Many of the professional colleges offer resident courses in which the students have to stay in campus while the course is in session. The hostels are separate for the boys and girls. To apply for hostel facility, fill the respective form for accommodation during admission. Proof of address, guardian’s information and passport-sized photographs are generally required while filling the form.