Assam is a state of India in the north-eastern region surrounded by six of the other Seven Sister States. Geographically Assam and these states are connected to the rest of India via a strip of land in West Bengal called the Siliguri Corridor or "Chicken's Neck". State day is observed on 21st January. State Language Assamese, State Song O Mur Apunar Dex, State Dance Bihu dance, State Animal One-horned rhinoceros, State Bird White-winged Wood Duck, State Flower Foxtail Orchids, State Tree Dipterocarpus macrocarpus, State River Brahmaputra. Bihu (a series of three prominent festivals) is the most important and common and celebrated all over Assam. Assam is first state in the country where oil was struck in 1889 at Digboy. Assam contributes 15.6% of world’s tea production and 55% of the India’s tea output. Assam is the largest producer in the world of the golden colored ‘muga ‘silk. Assam has wildlife sanctuaries, the most prominent of which are two UNESCO World Heritage sites the Kaziranga National Park and the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary.
According to the Census 2011, Assam has a literacy rate of 73.18% (male literacy rate 78.81% and female literacy rate 62.27%). The literacy rate of Assam is slightly below the national average of 74.04%.
The Government of Assam has implemented the free and compulsory education policy for students up to the age of 14. Assam schools are run by the Indian government or by private organizations. Medium of instruction is mainly in English, Bengali or Assamese. The syllabus at primary schools is set up the Directorate of Elementary Education, Assam. While most schools are affiliated to SEBA, there are several schools in the state affiliated to the CBSE or North East National Board of School Education (NENBSE). The state is also home to several elite higher education institutions such as Assam University, Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University, Assam Medical College (Dibrugarh), Gauhati Medical College, Assam Agricultural University (Jorhat) etc.