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Karnataka is the eighth largest Indian state by area. With over 61 million inhabitants (2011), Karnataka is the ninth largest state by population, comprising 30 districts. Kannada is the most widely spoken and official language of the state. Since the 1980s, Karnataka has emerged as the pan-Indian leader in the field of information technology, earning the state capital, Bangalore, the sobriquet Silicon Valley of India.Karnataka also leads the nation in biotechnology and is home to India's largest bio-cluster. The state also accounts for 75% of India's floriculture.



Facts and Figures

Description 2011 2001
Approximate Population 6.11 Crore 5.29 Crore
Actual Population 61,130,704 52,850,562
Male 31,057,742 26,898,918
Female 30,072,962 25,951,644
Population Growth 15.67% 17.25%
Percentage of total Population 5.05% 5.14%
Sex Ratio 968 964
Total Child Population (0-6 Age) 6,855,801 7,182,100
Literacy 75.60 % 66.64 %
Male Literacy 82.85 % 76.06 %
Female Literacy 68.13 % 57.80 %
Total Literate 41,029,323 30,434,962
Male Literate 22,808,468 17,661,211
Female Literate 18,220,855 12,773,751

Our presence in the State

The State Institute in Karnataka is located in Bangalore. The District Institutes are located in

  • Yadgir
  • Mandya

Key Programs

  • Education Leadership and Development Program (ELDP): Education Leadership Development Program (ELDP) is an effort to build the ‘individual capacities’ of education functionaries who work closely with the school to enable them to provide effective administrative and academic support so that the larger goal of achieving universalization of quality education for all children is fulfilled. It aims to enhance their leadership and management abilities through a developmental approach.
  • Teacher Education: To evolve a comprehensive policy on Teacher Professional Development to address the challenges arising from the provisions of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act 2009).” The new teacher education scheme proposed in the 12th five-year plan offers a unique opportunity for our state in terms of its focus, ideas and availability of resources. The resources available in the plan make it possible for us to re-think teacher professional development significantly.
  • Namma Shale Plus

    Overarching goal:Namma Shale Plus program is a community owned integrated quality education model with the overarching goal of strengthening leadership qualities of Head Teachers, improvising the class room performance of teachers, encouraging community participation in school management and development, and bringing about institutionalization of community based school management system under the Panchayati Raj Institutions

    Ongoing program: Based on the pilot program in 4 clusters representing 4 different geographical regions within Karnataka, the program has been redesigned with the focus on community involvement and teaching-learning aspects. This is being implemented in 15 backward clusters of Gulbarga, Raichur and Yadgir (covering 181 schools).

    To know more about Namma Shale Plus, click here

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  • Child Friendly School initiative (CFSI): CFSI is a program by Azim Premji Foundation to demonstrate a process of providing quality education on a sustained basis in a child friendly manner to all children in partnership with all stakeholders by building capacity and accountability. The initiative covers all the government primary schools of Shorapur block in Yadgir district of North East Karnataka
  • Institutional Capacity Development Project (ICD), Mandya

    Overarching goal: To demonstrate an approach to develop capacity of Government education institutions at the district, block and school level (such as schools, Cluster Resource Centers, BEO office, Block Resource Centers, DIET and office of the DDPI) to enhance quality of education.

    Ongoing program:The project is being implemented in Mandya District since April 2010 and the 27 institutions covered -17 schools, 4 clusters, 2 block resource centers, 2 offices of the BEOs, 1 DIET and 1 office of DDPI.

Glimpses of Our Work

Contact Details

Address: Karnataka State Institute,
Azim Premji Foundation,
#88, S&B Towers,
4th Floor, MG Road,
Bangalore - 560 001