New Lok Sabha older, but lesser educated
Led by a 63-year-old Narendra Modi, the newly-elected 16th Lok Sabha will be the 'oldest' ever, with 47 per cent of its members above the age of 55.
With as many as 253 of the 543 members above 55, this Lok Sabha will have the largest number of elders. In the 15th Lok Sabha, the percentage of MPs over the age of 55 was 43 per cent, according to the PRS Legislative Research.
Interestingly, the Lok Sabha has been getting older every election since independence. Only 71 MPs (13 per cent) are under the age of 40.
While BJP veteran LK Advani at age 86 will be its oldest member, there are five youngest members who have got elected to the august House at age 26.
Among these are Dushayant Chautala from Hissar, Dr J Jayawardhan of AIADMK from Chennai, Abhishek Banerjee of Trinamool Congress from Diamond Harbour in West Bengal, and two from Maharashtra-- Dr V Gavit from Nandurbarand K R Nikhil from Raver.
This Lok Sabha is clearly less erudite and educated than the previous House.
It will have less graduates and more of those who are not even matriculates. Only 75 per cent of the MPs elected have at least a graduate degree, but the 15th Lok Sabha with 79 per cent had more graduate MPs.
However, this House will have six per cent doctorates as compared to three per cent of last Term.
At the lower rung, this House will also have more of non matriculates. Thirteen per cent of the members have not even passed their High school exam as compared to only three per cent in the last one.
At the same time, the number of MPs with just a matriculate degree has decreased in the 16th Lok Sabha to 10 per cent from 17 per cent in the 15th Lok Sabha, according to the PRS Survey.
(Posted on 18-05-2014)