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It said that during the last five years there has been an increase in the number of women at MA, MSc, and MCom levels as well

Ground Report | New Delhi: The All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE) 2019-20, the participation of girl students in institutions of national importance is the lowest while female participation in vocational courses is less as compared to academic courses. In the report released by the Ministry of Education on Thursday, it has been said that between 2015-16 and 2019-20, there has been an overall increase of more than 18 percent in the enrollment of girls in higher education.

Lowest number of girl students in institutions under private open universities

According to the report, there has been an increase of 11.4 percent in the enrollment of students in the five years between 2015-16 and 2019-20. The enrollment of girl students in higher education has increased by 18.2 percent during the same period. The Gender Parity Index (GPI) in Higher Education stood at 1.01 in 2019-20 as against 1.00 in 2018-19.

The indicates improved access to higher education for women as compared to men. According to the report, the state has the lowest number of girl students in institutions under private open universities (2,499), followed by institutions under state legislature law (3,702). However, this share is the highest among state government universities.

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Share of women in institutions of national importance is the lowest

The report said the share of women in institutions of national importance is the lowest (24.7 percent), followed by deemed university government (33.4 percent) and state private universities (34.7 percent). The share of women in institutions under the State Legislature Act is 61.2 percent.

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According to the report, the share of girl students in-state public universities is 50.1 percent and in central universities is 48.1 percent. The survey found that the participation of women in vocational courses is lower as compared to academic courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

It said that during the last five years there has been an increase in the number of women at MA, MSc, and MCom levels as well. However, the participation of women in undergraduate courses like BCA, BBA, BTech or BE, and LLB is still very less.

Highest student registration in Uttar Pradesh

A total of 1,019 universities, 39,955 colleges, and 9,599 other institutions participated in the survey. It mentions key indicators on the current state of higher education in the country.

“We have seen tremendous growth of educational institutions in the country. The number of universities in the country was 799 in 2015-16, which increased by 30.5 percent to 1,043 in 2019-20. The number of colleges in the country was 39,071 in 2015-16, which increased by 8.4 percent to 42,343 in 2019-20.

The highest student registration in the country was recorded in Uttar Pradesh with 49.1% girl students and 50.9% girl students.

The report said the share of women in institutions of national importance is the lowest (24.7 percent), followed by deemed university government (33.4 percent) and state private universities (34.7 percent). The share of women in institutions under the State Legislature Act is 61.2 percent.

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According to the report, the share of girl students in-state public universities is 50.1 percent and in central universities is 48.1 percent. The survey found that the participation of women in vocational courses is lower as compared to academic courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Decline was observed in B.Tech and M.Tech programs

As per the AISHE Report 2018-19, a decline was observed in BTech and MTech programs. This led to a drop in enrollment in vocational courses, which has reached a four-year low. 

According to AISHE 2018-19, the number of students pursuing a master’s degree in technology has come down by more than half in the last five years, from 2,89,311 in 2014-15 to 1,35,500 in 2018-19. B.Tech enrollment fell by 11 percent from 42,54,919 to 37,70,949 in the same period.

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