New Delhi: According to the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2019-20, there has been 11.4 per cent growth seen in the student enrolment in higher education with an 18.2 per cent increase in female students enrolment. Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Education Minister, approved the release of the AISHE 2019-20 report on Thursday. In an official statement, Pokhriyal said, “In the last five years from 2015-16 to 2019-20, there has been a growth of 11.4 per cent in the student enrolment. The rise in female enrolment in higher education during the period is 18.2 per cent.”
The Union Education Minister laid emphasis on the hard work by the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the education of girls. The government also worked on women empowerment and empowerment of socially backward classes. The report shows the increase in participation of women, SCs and STs population in higher education. Amit Khare, Secretary, Higher Education, said, “This report is the tenth in the series of AISHE annually released by the department of Higher Education. The continuous rise in the enrolment, 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.”
The statement revealed that in AISHE 2019-2020 report the total enrolment in higher education was 3.85 crore which is 3.04 per cent higher than when compared to AISHE 2018-19 report which recorded 3.74 crore total enrolment.
In ASIHE 2014-15 report, the total enrolment was 3.42 crore. Since then, 11.4 per cent growth has been registered in the total enrolment in higher education.
The report also revealed Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER). The percentage of students belonging to the eligible age group enrolled in higher education: In 2019-20 is at 27.1 per cent against 26.3 per cent in 2018-19 and 24.3 per cent in 2014-2015.
The report said, “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.”
Nearly 85 per cent of 3.38 crore students were enrolled in the six major disciplines – Humanities, Science, Commerce, Engineering and Technology, Medical Science and IT and Computer.
The total number of students who pursued PhD in 2019-2020 was 2.03 lakh against 1.17 lakh in 2014-15.
There are 15,03,156 teachers of which 57.5 per cent are male and 42.5 per cent female.