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Higher education in the country – enrollment of 3.85 crore students, number of colleges increased to 42,343

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New Delhi . The Union Education Ministry has released the All India Survey on Higher Education Report (AISHE) 2019-20. According to this report, the total enrollment in higher education in 2019-20 was 3.85 crore, which was only 3.74 crore in the year 2018-19. An increase of 3.04 percent has been registered in the total enrollment. Whereas the total enrollment in 2014-15 was only 3.42 crores.

This report has been released after the approval of Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

According to the report, the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education also registered 27.1 percent in 2019-20, which was 26.3 percent in 2018-19 and 24.3 percent in 2014-15.

According to Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, there has also been an improvement in the Gender Equality Index. Access to higher education has increased for girls as compared to boys. The student-teacher ratio has also been recorded at 26 in the year 2019-20.

In comparison to the year 2018-19, the number of universities increased from 993 to 1043 while the number of colleges increased from 39,931 to 42,343 in the year 2019-20. The number of stand-alone institutions has increased from 10725 to 11779.

During this, 3.38 crore students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Out of this, 85 percent (2.85 crore) got their enrollment in Humanities, Science, Commerce, Engineering and Technology, Medical Science and IT and Computer.

According to the report, there has been a significant increase in the number of PhD students. As against 1.17 lakh students in the year 2014-15, 2.03 students did PhD in 2019-20. The number of teachers was also recorded in 2019-20 at 15,03,156 of which 57.5 per cent were males and 42.5 per cent were females.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre said, “This report shows that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there has been an improvement in higher education due to his policies for the betterment of education.

Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare said, “The ever-increasing enrollment, number of institutions, decreasing gender inequality are in line with the provisions of Access, Equality and Quality of our New Education Policy 2020. We are confident that under the able guidance of the Prime Minister and the Education Minister, we will be able to achieve the goal of becoming Vishwaguru very soon.


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