HUNTER COMMISSION – 1882


Lord Ripon the then Governor-General of India appointed the first Indian Education Commission on February 3, 1882, under the Chairmanship of Sir William Hunter, a member of the Executive Council of Viceroy.

This Commission is popularly known as Hunter Commission.

The principal object of the Hunter Commission was to inquire about the state of elementary or primary education in India.

Recommendations made by the commission

The Hunter Commission apart from the state of primary education also emphasized the condition of secondary education prevailed in India during the 19th century.

For secondary education, a principle was laid down by the commission.

According to the commission, there should be two divisions – literary education leading to the Entrance examination of the university and the other is the practical kind of vocational training.

The Vocational training would lead the students to build up their career in the commercial field.

In selecting persons to fill the lowest offices under Government Preference be always given to candidates who can read and write.

The government may establish secondary schools in exceptional cases, in the place where they may be required in the interests of people, and where the people themselves may not be advanced or wealthy enough to establish such schools for themselves even with a grant-in-aid.

The commission brought out inadequate facilities available for female education in the country.

District and Municipal Boards were directed to assign specific funds to primary education.

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