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Union Education Minister approves release of AISHE 2019-20 report on Higher Education

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today approved the release of the All India Survey Report 2019-20 on Higher Education. This report provides key performance indicators on the current state of higher education in the country.
Pokhriyal said student enrollment has increased by 11.4 per cent in the last five years from 2015-16 to 2019-20. There has been an increase of 18.2 per cent in female enrollment in higher education during this period. He emphasized that the continuous focus of the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on girls’ education, women empowerment and empowerment of socially backward classes is high. This is well demonstrated by the increasing participation of women, SC and ST populations in education, as shown in this report.

Minister of State, Sanjay Dhotre said, the results published in this report are an indicator of the success of the policies adopted by Prime Minister 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.
Amit Khare, Secretary, Department of Higher Education said that this is the 10th report in the series of All India Higher Education Survey (AISHE) released every year by the Higher Education Department. He further said that the continuous increase in enrollment, number of institutions and gender equality is a part of our country’s major step towards improving access, equity and quality in the light of National Policy on Education- 2020.

Salient Features of All India Survey Report 2019-20 on Higher Education

  1. The total enrollment in higher education has been 3.85 crore in 2019-20. It was 3.74 crore in 2018-19. An increase of 11.36 lakh (3.04 per cent) was registered in this. The total enrollment in 2014-15 was 3.42 crore.
  2. The Gross Enrollment Rate (GER), the percentage of students of eligible age groups enrolled in higher education in 2019-20, was 27.1 percent. It was 26.3 per cent in 2018-19 and 24.3 per cent in 2014-15.
  3. The Gender Equality Index (GPI) in Higher Education stood at 1.01 in 2019-20 as against 1.00 in 2018-19. These are signs of improving relative access to higher education for women compared to men in the eligible age group.
  4. The student teacher ratio in higher education in 2019-20 is 26.
  5. In 2019-20: Universities: 1,043 (2 percent); Colleges: 42,343 (77 percent) and Automated Institutions: 11,779 (21 percent).
    6.3.38 crore students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate level programmes. About 85 percent of these students (2.85 crore) were enrolled in six core subjects namely Humanities, Science, Commerce, Engineering & Technology, Medical Science and IT & Computers.
  6. The number of PhD students in 2019-20 is 2.03 lakh. In 2014-15, this figure was 1.17 lakh.
  7. The total number of teachers is 15,03,156, of which 57.5 percent are males and 42.5 percent are females.