The number of female students enrolled for higher education in India has shot up by 18.2% during the last five years, according to data released by the Education Ministry on Thursday.
The all-India survey released by Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal also shows that there has been a growth of 11.4% in the total number of students enrolled for higher education in the country from 2015-16 to 2019-20.
The Education Minister said that the continuous focus given by the Narendra Modi government on the education of girls, women empowerment and empowerment of socially backward classes.
The data shows that the total number of students enrolled in higher education went up to 3.85 crore in 2019-20 from 3.74 crore in 2018-19, registering an annual growth of 3.04%.
The gender parity index (GPI) in Higher Education in 2019-20 is 1.01 against 1.00 in 2018-19 indicating an improvement in the relative access to higher education for females of eligible age group compared to males. The pupil: teacher ratio in higher education in 2019-20 is 26. The total number of teachers stands at 15,03,156 comprising 57.5% male and 42.5% female.
The report also shows that 3.38 crore students enrolled in programmes at under-graduate and post-graduate level. Out of these, nearly 85% of the students (2.85 crore) were enrolled in the six major disciplines such as Humanities, Science, Commerce, Engineering & Technology, Medical Science and IT & Computer courses.
The number of students pursuing PhD in the country in 2019-20 has gone up to 2.03 lakh from 1.17 lakh in 2014-15.
Secretary, Higher Education Amit Khare said the continuous rise in the enrolment, number of institutions and gender parity is a part of our country’s major move towards improving access, equity and quality of education under the National Education Policy 2020.