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On a high: 30% rise in college students

Almost 6 million more students enrolled in higher studies in 2010-11 compared to the previous year, according to latest govt. stats, pointing to a massive growing demand

delhi Updated: Sep 29, 2012 02:40 IST
Charu Sudan Kasturi
Charu Sudan Kasturi
Hindustan Times

Almost 6 million more students were enrolled in India’s universities and colleges in 2010-11 than the previous year, a whopping 30 % increase year-on-year that points to a sharp increase in hunger for higher education.

Latest government statistics released today by human resource development minister Kapil Sibal show that compared to a 12.4% gross enrolment rate (GER) in 2008-09, the GER jumped to 15% in 2009-10. GER is a ratio of students enrolled in higher education to the number of citizens between 18 and 23.

The GER leapt even higher in 2010-11, reaching 18.8%, according to the provisional statistics collated under the HRD ministry’s first-ever All India Higher Education Survey. While 20.7 million students were enrolled in higher education in 2009-10, 26.6 million were in college or university the subsequent year. The final GER for 2010-11 is expected to be still higher, since about 200 colleges have not yet submitted their enrollment data for the year.

“This sharp rise in enrollment is a direct result of the fast growing demand for quality higher education,” Sibal said. “It’s a great sign, but also a challenge because we need to create the infrastructure to meet their aspirations.”

India has set a target to reach a 30% GER by 2020.

First Published: Sep 28, 2012 22:04 IST