10/06/2016 2:49 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

Muslims Students Increase By A Whopping 44% In Schools

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Kishan S.S. runs in his school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore January 28, 2006. While children his age go ga-ga over Harry Potter films, Kishan, 10, prefers to call the shots from behind the camera. He has acted in several regional language films himself and is making his directorial debut with a feature film on street children, a feat that would make him one of the youngest professional film-makers in the world. Picture taken January 28, 2006. REUTERS/Jagadeesh Nv Pictures of the Month January 2006

NEW DELHI -- The number of Muslim students in the 5-19 age group has increased by 44 percent from 2001 and 2011, and the number of Muslims girls has increased by 53 percent within that category, according to fresh data from the 2011 census.

The Times of India reported today that students in 5-19 years age group has increased by 30 percent by 2001 and 2011.

Jains with 88 percent have the highest student ratio followed by Hindus with 73 percent, then Christians with 80 percent, Buddhists with 79 percent, Sikhs with 77 and Muslims with 63 percent, TOI reported.

Religious communities such as Christians and Sikhs, who have a head start in terms of sending children to school, registered less change than Muslims. In fact, the Jains have registered a 10 percent decline in the number of students in schools.

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