The number of women with higher education on the rise is a success story for India. But if men don’t catch up this could pose a unique problem. Nearly 1 in every 10 women in India will fail to find an eligible partner by 2050, thanks to being educated in a university. An interesting study led by the University of Oxford says that a significant proportion of men in India currently marry women less educated than themselves.
If public attitudes do not change, whereby university-educated or college-educated men are more desirable spouses than women similarly educated, by 2050 there will be a ‘mis-match’ in numbers of ‘suitable’ men and women.
Using this premise, researchers’ model suggests the proportion of never-married women aged 45-49 will go up from 0.07% in 2010 to nearly 9% by 2050, with the most significant increase experienced by university-educated women.
There would also be a rise in the percentage of unmarried men, particularly amongst those with little education. Existing population projection data (from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Vienna Institute of Demography) shows that by 2050 there will be around 92 men for every 100 women aged 25-29 with a university education, as compared with 151 men for every 100 women from the same age group educated at university in 2010.