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Chhattisgarh is a state in Central India. It is the 10th largest state in India, with an area of 135,190 square kms. With a population of 25.5 million, Chhattisgarh is the 16th most-populated state of the nation. It is a source of electricity and steel for India. Chhattisgarh accounts for 15% of the total steel produced in the country.

The state was formed on 1 November 2000 by carving out 16 Chhattisgarhi-speaking south-eastern districts of Madhya Pradesh. Raipur is the capital city.


Facts and Figures

As of 2011 Chhattisgarh had an HDI value of 0.358, the lowest of any Indian state. The national average is 0.467 according to 2011 Indian NHDR report.Chhattisgarh has an Education Index of 0.526 according to 2011 NHDR which is lower than the national average of 0.563.

With the exception of the states of the north-east, Chhattisgarh has one of highest shares of Scheduled Tribe (ST) population within a state, accounting for about 10 per cent of the STs in India. Scheduled Castes and STs together constitute more than 50 per cent of the state’s population. The tribals of Chhattisgarh mainly inhabit the dense forests of Bastar and other districts of south Chhattisgarh.

Literacy Rates

 Description  2001 census  2011 census
Total 11,173,149 15,598,314
Male 6,711,395 8,962,121
Female 4,461,754 6,636,193
% Total 64.66 71.04
% Male 77.38 81.45
% Female 55.85 60.59

Source: Census of India, 2011

Educational Development Index (Primary & Upper Primary) 0.513
Educational Development Index (Primary & Upper Primary)-Rank in India 28

Source: DISE 2011-12

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Field Updates

Our Presence in the State

Azim Premji Foundation started working in the state of Chhattisgarh with the launch of the Edu-Leader Leadership Development Program in partnership with the Government of Chhattisgarh.

Our District Institute is located at :

Key Programs

Education Leadership and Management: The ELM work in Chhattisgarh began with the launch of the Edu-Leader Leadership Development Program by the Government of Chhattisgarh in partnership with the Azim Premji Foundation (Foundation) in May 2012 based on the belief that effective education leadership is essential to improve the quality and equity of schooling. The idea was to follow a cascade model where block, district and state level officers would be developed as Leadership Development Facilitators by the Foundation. They would in turn build capacity of Head Teachers and Cluster, Block, District and State level officers creating a group of “Edu-Leaders” who would pioneer education change in the state. The program used the internal resources of our current education system as change agents to internally strengthen the system.

Currently through our work in ELM in Chhattisgarh in recognition of the pivotal nature of the role of educational leadership for driving educational change we are working towards developing a holistic perspective of school development among school and cluster level officials and towards developing an appreciation of the need for shared vision and alignment of leadership across levels in support of school development.

Teacher Education: Our work in this area is in providing academic support to teachers by facilitating sessions in the in-service and Open Distance Learning (ODL) programs in partnership with the State Council of Education, Research and Training.

Glimpses of Our Work

Contact Details

Address: Azim Premji Foundation
M-13, Anupam Nagar, Behind TV Tower,
Raipur (C.G.)-492007
Tel:  +91 - 0771 – 2283600