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Government of Tamil Nadu
Department of School Education (Tamil Nadu), Department of Higher Education (Tamil Nadu),Department of Employment and Training (Commissionerate of Employment and Training)
General details
Primary languagesTamil, English
System typestate
Enrollment (2010)
Post secondary1184232
No of private school = 3256

Tamil Nadu is one of the most literate states in India. The state's literacy rate is 80.33% in 2011, which is above the national average. A survey conducted by the Industry body Assocham ranks Tamil Nadu top among Indian states with about 100% Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in primary and upper primary education.

Education Administration or Authority[edit]

School education[edit]

The structure of education in the state is based on the national level pattern with 12 years of schooling (10+2+3), consisting of eight years of elementary education, that is, five years of primary and three years of middle school education for the age groups of 6-11 and 11–14 years, respectively, followed by secondary and higher Secondary education of two years each besides two years of pre-primary education. The entry age in class 1 is 5+. Pre-primary classes form age group 3 to 4. The higher secondary school certificate enables pupils to pursue studies either in universities or in colleges for higher education in general academic streams and in technical and professional courses.


There were a total of 12855485 children enrolled across the state as of 2010, with the split up of 9797264 students in primary, 1873989 in secondary and 1184232 in higher secondary classrooms.

Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education[edit]

Main article: Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education

Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education, established in 1910, is under the purview of the Department of Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, India. The Tamil Nadu State Board of School Examination evaluates students' progress by conducting three board examinations-one at the end of class 10 and the others at the end of class 11 & 12. The scores from the class 12 (combined with the class 11)board examinations are used by universities to determine eligibility and as a cut-off for admissions into their programmes.

Medium of instruction[edit]


  • Tamil & English - are Common Medium Languages. Most private schools medium of instruction is English while the government run schools are primarily Tamil medium.

Peculiar Cases:

  • The Kendriya Vidyalaya's run by the central government have a dual medium of instruction - English and Hindi.


All recognized schools belong to one of the following accreditation systems:

Exceptions to the above rule include a few schools that follow the Montessori method, International Baccalaureate, IGCSE or the American system.


The Minister of Education, who is a member of the state legislature, is in overall charge of education in the state. The following Directorates implement those education aspects which are under the control of the School Education Department.

  • Directorate of Elementary Education
  • Directorate of Government Examinations
  • Directorate of Matriculation Schools
  • Directorate of Non-formal and Adult Education
  • Directorate of Public Libraries
  • Directorate of School Education
  • Directorate of Teacher Education, Research and Training
  • State Project Directorate, District Primary Education Programme and SSA
  • Teachers Recruitment Board
  • Tamil Nadu Text-book Corporation
  • State Project Directorate, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA)

Government of Tamil Nadu's schemes[edit]

Some of the schemes introduced by the Tamil Nadu government in school education are

  • Computer education
  • Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
  • Girls education
  • Integrated Education for the Disabled (IED)
  • Kasturba Gandhi Ballka Vidyalaya (KGBV)
  • Mid-day Meal Scheme
  • National Programme of Education for Girls at Elementary Level (NPEGEL)
  • Educational satellite (EDUSAT)
  • Distribution of free textbooks
  • Distribution of free uniforms
  • Distribution of free bus pass

Intermediate education[edit]

Higher education[edit]

Main article: List of institutions of higher education in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has 37 universities, 552 (in 2014) engineering colleges. and 1150 arts college, 2550 schools and 5000 hospitals. Tamil Nadu Directorate Of Technical Education (TNDTE) under the control of the Tamil Nadu Higher Education Department deals with Diploma, Post Diploma, Degree, Post Graduate courses and Research programmes. It also regulates the establishment of technical institutions including commerce institutions such as Typewriting, Shorthand and Accountancy.


Main article: List of institutions of higher education in Tamil Nadu

Two types of universities in Tamil Nadu are,

  • Public University or Government University. It is run by State Governments of Union of India or Government of Union of India
  • Private University or Deemed University.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

District level literacy (2011 data)

The regional round of ‘Tata Building India School Essay Competition’ themed at ‘Clean India’ will be conducted soon in the city by Tata Sons Limited.

According to a press release, the competition will be held in Tamil and a few other languages in two categories: junior level for students of classes 6 to 8 and senior level for classes 9 to 12. Interested students are required to submit an essay in 500 to 600 words.

The judging process involves the evaluation of the essay at three levels - school, city and national. The essays at school level are evaluated by judges within the school. Winning entries will qualify for city level where the entries are to be evaluated by panel of judges from various fields. The national level evaluation involves selection of essays from the best of each city by an elite panel of judges.

The organisers will reward winners at each level at special functions. School level winners will get certificates, medals and special Tata Building India merchandise. City level winners and runners-up will get prizes like camera, music players in addition to certificates and trophies. The national level winners will get laptops and much more.

Interested students are required to submit an essay on ‘Clean India’

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