India is the largest Commonwealth country, with a population of about 1.2 billion. COL’s most extensive country programme is in India. In addition, COL’s regional agency, the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), is based in New Delhi. CEMCA develops regional expertise in open and distance learning (ODL) and information and communication technologies (ICT) in the Asian region, and organises capacity-building to respond to identified needs. 

School-age Population by Education Level1

167,369,665

 

115,173,096

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20101

92.4%

 

91.6%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20131

n/a

 

n/a

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

41.1%

 

40%

Secondary(2011)

 

Tertiary (2004)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institutue for Statitics Data Centre, retrieved in May, 2015

 

Literacy rate (2006)1

50.8%

 

75.2%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

34%

 

64%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

11%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

68

 

64

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

2.3 70.8
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
1.2 3.2
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
11.9 15.1
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in April, 2015