As per the government's All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2020-2021, the number of students enrolled in higher education institutions crossed the 4 crore or 40 million barrier for the first time.
The government's All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2020-2021 shows that the number of students enrolled in higher education institutions climbed to 4.14 crore for the academic year 2020–21, breaking the 4 crore or 40 million barrier for the first time. It showed a rise of 7.5% from 2019–2020 and 21% from 2014–2015. From 1.88 crore in 2019–20, there are now 2.01 crore more female students enrolled. Since 2014–15, their population has grown by about 44 lakh (28%), according to the survey data.
Since 2011, all higher education institutions located in Indian Territory and providing higher education throughout the nation have been included in the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) conducted by the Ministry of Education. The survey gathers thorough data on various aspects, including student enrolment, instructor data, infrastructure data, financial data, etc. Higher education institutions, or HEIs, filled out the data online for the first time in AISHE 2020–21 using the Web Data Capture Format (DCF) created by the Department of Higher Education with assistance from the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
"The total enrolment in higher education has increased to nearly 4.14 crore in 2020-21 from 3.85 crore in 2019-20. Since 2014-15, there has been an increase of around 72 lakh in the enrolment (21 pc). The female enrolment has increased to 2.01 crore from 1.88 crore in 2019-20. There has been an increase of around 44 Lakh (28 pc) since 2014-15," the Ministry of Education said in a statement. "The percentage of female enrolment to total enrolment has increased from 45 pc in 2014-15 to around 49 pc in 2020-21. As per 2011 population projections for 18-23 years age group, GER has increased to 27.3 from 25.6 in 2019-20," it added.