(Last Updated on : 24/04/2010)
Purba Medinipur (or East Medinipur) is one of the 18 administrative districts of West Bengal with its headquarters located at Tamluk. The district was carved out of the erstwhile Medinipur district on January 1, 2002. The district has 4 sub-divisions: Tamluk
, Contai, Egra
Education in Purba Medinipur District
Education is the most critical element in empowering people with skills and knowledge and giving them access to productive employment in future. As per the report of 2001 Census, in this district male literacy rate was 89.1 percent, female literacy rate was 70.7 percent and total literacy rate was 80.2 percent. The Education Index of this district is 0.74 and the district`s ranking is 7th in comparison to other districts.
i) Elementary education
SSA aims at useful and relevant elementary education to all children in the age group of 6-14. It also aims to bridge all social, gender and regional gaps with the active participation of the community. At last count, 99.35 percent enrolment in Primary Education and 64.42 percent enrolment in Upper Primary Education has been achieved.
ii) Secondary Education
A person with a mere 8 years of schooling will be as disadvantaged in the knowledge economy as an illiterate person is in modern industry and services. Hence the district desires to build on a long-term perspective for improving the quality of basic education up to class X level and providing access to all children in the age group of 6-16 to this level
Economy of Purba Medinipur District
The district has an excellent transport and communication network of national highways and railways. A major existing industrial base at Haldia and Kolaghat, availability of skilled man power at comparatively lower rates, abundance of electric power and a business environment conducive for industrial growth both from the labour and political fronts are a few plus points for promotion and development of Micro and Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) in this district. Aquaculture and shrimp farming has been taken up in a big way in the coastal belt of this district and floriculture and horticultural activities are concentrated in a major portion of Tamluk Sub-division. In Haldia a large number of heavy engineering, chemical, and small-scale clusters are growing. Similarly, in Contai, Egra, Digha, Tamluk, Mahishadal and Kolaghat a wide number of Small Scale Industries are spread over. Handloom weaving is a traditional industry in this district and a considerable number of people are engaged in this activity.
Tourism in Purba Medinipur District
The district of Medinipur has a lot on its plate to offer its tourists. Be it leisure, nature or pilgrimage tourism, the district has it all. Tourists can choose from places of religious interest like the temple of Goddess Kali
at Tamluk, to places of rest and relaxation like the Digha
and Mandarmani beaches. There are also certain other places of historical interest located in the district such as Matangani Sahid Smarak , Rakhit bati and Tamluk Rajbari which one can visit in order to acquire more information on the district`s rich past.