By Dr. John Kurrien
Indian Muslims have the lowest enrolment rates in schools and higher education institutions.
These include abysmally poor participation in prestigious school networks like the Jawaharlal Nehru Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendri Vidyalayas/ Central Schools, and the nations’ best higher education bodies like the 149 Institutions of National Importance, which include all the IITs and IIMs.
In these elite educational institutions, there are far fewer Muslims than even SCs and STs - the traditionally disadvantaged groups of India. An analysis of 2020-21 data and reports reveals these striking disparities.