Female enrollment increased by 18.2% between 2015 and 2020
On June 10, the Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ released the report for the All India Survey on Higher Education 2019-20, which points out that in the last five years, there has been a growth of 11.4 % in student enrollment in the country. What’s more important is that, according to the AISHE report, there has been a rise of 18.2% in female enrolment in higher education during the period.
The AISHE report provides key performance indicators on the current status of higher education in the country.
“I feel delighted to announce the release of the All India Survey on Higher Education 2019-20 report. As you can see, we have improved in GER, Gender parity Index. The number of Institutions of National importance increased 80% (from 75 in 2015 to 135 in 2020),” Pokhriyal tweeted.
“It is heartening to note that the number of PhDs has also increased by 60% in the last five years,” he added.
I’m pleased to share that the Gender Parity Index in higher education stands at 1.01 against 1.00 in 2018-19, indicating an improvement in the relative access to higher education for females as compared to males. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/Xg2FobXPDH— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) June 10, 2021
Highlights of the AISHE report:
∙ Gender Parity Index (GPI), a ratio of proportional representation of female and male, in higher education is 1.01 in 2019-20 against 1.00 in 2018-19. The rise in GPI shows an improvement in the access to higher education for females as compared to males.
∙ Total enrolment in higher education has improved by 3.04 %. The total enrollment in 2019-20 stands at 3.85 crore as compared to 3.74 crore in 2018-19, registering a growth of 11.36 lakh.
∙ The gross enrolment ratio (GER), which is a ratio of enrolment in higher education to the population in the eligible age group (18-23) years, has improved by 0.8 %. The GER of students belonging to the eligible age group registered in higher education in 2019-20 is 27.1 % against 26.3 % in 2018-19 and 24.3 % in 2014-2015.
∙ The AISHE report also states that in 2019-20, around 3.38 crore students have registered in courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Of that, nearly 85% of the students (2.85 crore) were enrolled in the six major programmes including humanities, science, commerce, engineering and technology, medical science and IT and computers.
∙ The total number of students pursuing PhD in 2019-20 is 2.03 lakh as opposed to 1.17 lakh in 2014-15.
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