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All India Survey on Higher Education
Feb 19, 2016

The Human Resource Development ministry has recently launched the Sixth All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) in New Delhi. The survey revealed the fact that the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) has shown significant improvement from 19.4% in 2010-11 to 23.6% in 2014-15. The ministry expresses confidence that the target of 30% GER by 2020 as envisaged in 12th Plan would be achieved.

  • The survey covers all the Higher Education (HE) institutions of the country including Universities, Colleges and Stand-Alone institutions. 

  • The entire survey has been voluntary, based on motivation of respondents; and without any statutory mandate in place for collecting information of this nature. 

  • It needs a Survey like this to bring out the correct and complete picture of the system so that relevant statistics are available to the Central Government as well as State Governments, in order to devise future policies. 

  • The survey is also unique in the sense that it is a participatory effort between State Governments, Regulatory Statutory Authorities and the Ministries of the Government of India. 

  • The survey compiles and manages statistics directly online from respondent institutions. 

  • The main items of data collection under survey are Basic details, Programme details, Teaching and Non-Teaching staff, Student Enrolment, Examination Result, Infrastructure, Scholarships and Financial. 

  • With the launch of 2015-16 survey, the time-lag will be reduced to bare minimum. All the institutions located in the country are requested to participate in the Survey and provide relevant data. 

Major Findings of the Survey
  • Increase in overall enrolment from 27.5 million in 2010-11 to 33.3 million in 2014-15. 

  • Improvement in Gross Enrolment Ratio which is a ratio of enrolment in higher education to population in the eligible age group (18-23) years from 19.4% on 2010-11 to 23.6% in 2014-15. 

  • Gender Parity Index (GPI), a ratio of proportional representation of female and male, has marginally improved from 0.86 to 0.93 to the corresponding period. 

  • Number of institutions of higher education listed on AISHE portal has also increased significantly – universities from 621 to 757 and colleges from 32, 974 to 38,056 during the same period. 

The Survey was initiated in the year 2011 to prepare a robust data-base on higher education. Keeping in view the usefulness of data collected during the very first year, Ministry decided to make this survey an annual exercise of data collection in higher education sector. So far, survey for the year 2013-14 has been completed and data collection for 2014-15 is under progress and is likely to be completed very soon. Final report for the year 2013-14 and the provisional report for 2014-15 are available.

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