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Punjab has a literacy rate of 70 per cent, according to the Census (2001). With an intention to enable its people to synchronise with the challenges of the 21st century, the state has been steadily building its human resources. It has also been encouraging private sector participation in the education sector, particularly in the area of technical and vocational education. Every year, around 360,000 students join primary schools, settled within 1 km radius of every village. The state has 6 universities, 232 graduate colleges, and 4,043 senior secondary schools. There are leading technical, medical, management, and law institutions. The state encourages private participation of students in technical & vocational education.


Punjab is also gearing up to be a hub for biotechnology. It has five leading biotech institutions that produce 200 graduates and 100 postgraduates and doctorates in the field of biotechnology/ bio-engineering. These institutes are the Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST), Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (TIET), Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) and and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER).


Punjab has ~205 hospitals, 440 primary health centres and 1,480 dispensaries. The 90 percent of non-hospital healthcare and 67 percent of hospital care cases come under private healthcare. At the same time, the state has better health ratios as compared to the national average.

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