February 18, 2024
Higher Education Enrolment in India Surges to 4.33 Crore, Up by 26.5% Since 2014-15
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Higher Education Enrolment in India Surges to 4.33 Crore, Up by 26.5% Since 2014-15

Higher Education Enrolment in India Surges to 4.33 Crore, Up by 26.5% Since 2014-15

Higher Education Enrolment in India Surges to 4.33 Crore, Up by 26.5% Since 2014-15

The enrolment of students in higher education in India reached nearly 4.33 crore in the academic year 2021-22, marking a significant increase of 26.5% since 2014-15, according to the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) released by the Education Ministry. The survey highlighted that 341 universities and university-level institutions have been established since 2014-15. The gross enrolment ratio (GER) increased to 28.4 in 2021-22 from 23.7 in 2014-15, with female GER reaching 28.5 from 22.9 during the same period.

Key Findings:

  • Total enrolment in higher education rose to nearly 4.33 crore in 2021-22 from 4.14 crore in 2020-21, witnessing a growth of around 91 lakh (26.5%) since 2014-15.
  • Female enrolment surged to 2.07 crore in 2021-22 from 1.57 crore in 2014-15.
  • Enrolment of SC (Scheduled Caste) students increased to 66.23 lakh in 2021-22 from 46.07 lakh in 2014-15 (44% increase).
  • Enrolment of ST (Scheduled Tribe) and OBC (Other Backward Class) students reached 27.1 lakh and 1.63 crore, respectively, in 2021-22.
  • Ph.D. enrolment increased by 81.2% to 2.12 lakh in 2021-22 compared to 1.17 lakh in 2014-15.
  • The total number of faculty and teachers in 2021-22 is 15.98 lakh, with about 56.6% male and 43.4% female.
  • Female teachers increased to 6.94 lakh in 2021-22, showing a 22% increase since 2014-15.
  • There is a marginal improvement in the female-to-male faculty ratio, from 75 in 2020-21 to 77 in 2021-22.

The AISHE report reflects the growth and diversity in India’s higher education landscape, with increased enrolment and improved gender representation among both students and faculty.

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