Co-education refers to the integrated education system, where the education
of both boys and girls are arranged in the same environment, mainly at schools,
colleges and universities.
Co–education is one of the most common spectacles in the educational system
of West. It is now been widely seen in India as well.
As a matter of historical fact, there was
co-education in ancient India particularly in the Vedic Age, when woman had a
very high status in
However, with the passage of time, the system of co-
education began to be discouraged in India. During the British rule,
however, co-education once again cropped up, but only one out of one thousand
Indian girls could get the privilege of studying with boys. Today, of course,
co-education is encouraged in our country and number of co-educational
institutions is increasing.
Critics: There are certain critics who are still holding the
conservative view that by studying in co-educational institutions our girls
become immodest and graceless and that their moral character also gets blotted.
These critics are of the opinion that the decline of morality in the present
age is the direct outcome of co-educational system. There is absolutely no
truth in these false and baseless charges against
co-education. Co-education neither corrupts a girl nor a boy. Educational
institutions are holy temples of the Goddess Saraswati. In these sacred temples
there can be no room for impurity, unholiness and immorality. When boys and
girls can enjoy enjoy mixed social gatherings and parties, then where lies the
harm if they study together?