Student Enrollment in Higher Education Grows by 11.4% From 2015-16 to 2019-20, Says Government Report

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New Delhi, June 10: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today approved the release of the report of All India Survey on Higher Education 2019-20. This report provides key performance indicators on the current status of Higher education in the country. Pokhriyal noted that in the last five years from 2015-16 to 2019-20, there has been a growth of 11.4% in the student enrollment. The rise in female enrollment in higher education during the period is 18.2%. Three Indian Universities Achieve Top-200 Positions in QS World University Rankings 2022, IISc Bengaluru Ranks 1st in the World for Research.

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He emphasized that the continuous focus given by the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on education of girls, women empowerment and empowerment of socially backward classes are well reflected by the increased participation of women, SCs and STs population in Higher Education as shown by the report. Class 12 Board Exam 2021: 80% Students Relieved After Class XII Exams Cancelled, 60% Against Internal Marks, Reveals Survey.

Minister of State Sanjay Dhotre said, “The results published in this report are indicators of the success of the policies adopted by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the higher education sector of the Country. I hope this report will help our policy makers to further improve the higher education scenario of the country.”

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Secretary, Higher Education Amit Khare said that this report is the 10th in the series of All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) annually released by D/o Higher Education. The continuous rise in the enrollment, number of institutions, gender parity is a part of our country’s major move towards improving access, equity and quality in light of National Education Policy 2020, he added.

Key Highlights of All India Survey on Higher Education 2019-20:

  • Total Enrollment in Higher Education stands at 3.85 crorein 2019-20 as compared to 3.74 crore in 2018-19, registering a growth of 11.36 lakh (3.04 %).

  • Total enrollment was 3.42 crore in 2014-15. Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER), the percentage of students belonging to the eligible age group enrolled in Higher Education, in 2019-20 is 27.1% against 26.3% in 2018-19 and 24.3% in 2014-2015.

  • Gender Parity Index (GPI) in Higher Education in 2019-20 is 1.01 against 1.00 in 2018-19 indicating an improvement in the relative access to higher education for females of eligible age group compared to males.

  • Pupil Teacher Ratio in Higher Education in 2019-20 is 26.

According to the report, 3.38 crore Students enrolled in programmes at under-graduate and post-graduate level. Out of these, nearly 85% of the students (2.85 crore) were enrolled in the six major disciplines such as Humanities, Science, Commerce, Engineering & Technology, Medical Science and IT & Computer. The number of students pursuing PhD in 2019-20 is 2.03 lakh against 1.17 lakh in 2014-15. The Total Number of Teachers stands at 15,03,156 comprising of 57.5% male and 42.5% female.

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