SRINAGAR: In Jammu and Kashmir, the Gender Parity Index (GPI) in higher educational institutes for 18-23-year-old students surpasses the national average, as per official data.

The national average GPI for this age group is 1.05 across all categories, while Jammu and Kashmir boasts a higher GPI of 1.18 across all categories.

GPI is a metric used to gauge gender equality in education access and is monitored by government and international organizations like UNESCO and the United Nations to identify areas requiring intervention to address gender disparities.

Among scheduled caste students, Jammu and Kashmir’s GPI stands at 1.27, surpassing the national average of 1.7. Similarly, for Scheduled Tribe students in higher education, the GPI is 0.92 in Jammu and Kashmir compared to the national average of 1.02. A GPI below 1 indicates that girls face greater disadvantages in learning opportunities, while a GPI above 1 indicates the opposite. (KNO)


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