The scheme of Higher Education Statistics and Public Information System (HESPIS) under which the survey is being conducted has also been extended for continuation upto 2019-20 by the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) with an outlay of Rs. 64.09 crore.
AISHE was initiated in 2011 during the 12th Aplan on annual basis with the objective of providing a comprehensive data for evidence-based policymaking and effective planning in higher education. And with the new national policy on education already in its final phase of formulation, the latest statistics offer important insights in light of some far-reaching reforms suggested in the draft NEP. One of the lofty proposals of draft NEP has been making all HEIs become multidisciplinary research universities, teaching universities or colleges besides achieving a gross enrolment ratio (GER) of 50 per cent by 2035.
As per the statistical shot of newly released AISHE, Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Higher education in India is 26.3% (slightly up from 25.8 in 2017-18). Also, the latest data reveals that India has 993 universities of which 16 universities are exclusively for women and 385 privately managed. Further, this number includes one central Open University, 14 state open universities and 1 state private Open University. There are 110 dual-mode universities, which offer education through distance mode. There are 548 general, 142 technical, 63 agriculture & allied, 58 medical, 23 law, 13 Sanskrit and 9 language universities and rest 106 universities are of other categories.
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October 16, 2019