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More youngsters enrolling for higher education, GER 23.6 %

More youngsters in the age group of 18-23 years are enrolling for higher education as the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in India has risen to 23.6 per cent in 2014-15 from 23 per cent a year before, a HRD ministry survey has found.

The number of female teachers, however, has come down to 64 female teachers per 100 male teachers as per the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2014-15 (provisional), which was 65 female teachers for every 100 male counterpart, a year before. Noticing this disparity, HRD minister Smriti Irani, who unveiled the survey report on Monday directed her ministry to formulate schemes so that there are more women teaching in higher education institutions. Irani who also released the AISHE 2013-14 and launched the survey for 2015-16, indicated that she wanted the process of data collection to be made faster.

She said it is a “big challenge” from the point of view of data, that the report for the year 2013-14 was being presented today.

A 60 day drive, she said, is being undertaken to ensure that data for 2015-16 can be expeditiously taken up in conjunction with states, institutes of higher learning so that the data can be out before the next academic session. 

Referring to the provisional data, Irani said it showed GER at 23.6 per cent which indicates that XII plan target of 30 per cent GER will be achieved.

Among the other key findings of the AISHE 2014-15 (Provisional) are that the total enrollment in Higher Education is estimated to be 33.3 million with 17.9 million boys and 15.4 million girls. The GER for male population is 24.5 per cent and for females is 22.7 per cent. However, for Scheduled Castes the Gross Enrollment Ratio is 18.5 per cent while for Scheduled Tribes it is 13.3 per cent, which is lesser than the national average.
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