| Education and Culture
Public instruction in an organised manner came into being only in the nineteenth century. In 1812, a treaty was signed between British and the then King of Orchha. This was followed by the introduction of Lord Macaulay's system in 1835. However the first school was established only in 1866 which remained the only educational institution in the State till 1877.
In the beginning of the Century the literacy rate was 1.28 percent. In the 1951 literacy rate has gone upto 3.57 percent. During the Census 1961, the district returned 9.67 percent. In 1971 the literacy rate has improved to 14.04 percent . In 1981 the literacy rate moved to 19.16 percent. In the 1991 Census the literacy rate was 34.78 percent. In the 2001 Census the literacy rate was 55.80 percent. The table given below show the literacy rate tehsil wise
[ Census 2001 ]
There has been significant progress in the number of educational institutions. The table given below shows the number of different level of educational institutions tehsil wise.
[Source : District Statistical Handbook- 2003]
There are 6 Degree College/ Post Graduate College imparting instructions in Arts,Science and Commerce. Following are the Colleges in the district.
Professional and Technical Schools and Collages
The Devendra Pustakalaya was established in 1930. It is now the district Library. In 1976 it had 36,057 books and it contributes 28 newspapers, 8 Magazines and Journals.
One public library each at Jatara, Niwari, Prithvipur and Palera is there.