According to the government's All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2020-2021, the enrolment in higher education institutions increased to 4.14 crores during 2020-21, crossing the 4-crore mark for the first time. It registered an increase of 7.5% from 2019-20 and 21% from 2014-15.
The female enrolment has increased to 2.01 crores in 2020-21 from 1.88 crores in 2019-20, the survey report said. Female enrolment also witnessed a 28% increase in the number since 2014-15 to around 44 lakhs.
The Ministry of Education has been conducting the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) since 2011, covering all higher educational institutions located in Indian Territory and imparting higher education in the country. The survey collects detailed information on different parameters such as student enrolment, teachers' data, infrastructural information, financial information, etc. For the first time, in AISHE 2020-21, the higher education institutions have filled the data online through the Web Data Capture Format (DCF) developed by the Department of Higher Education with the help of the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
Furthermore, there was also an increase of 28% in the enrolment of the scheduled cast (SC) students and 38% increase in the enrolment of female SC students in 2020-21, as against 2014-15. There has also been a substantial increase of 47% in the enrolment of scheduled tribe (ST) students and 63.4% increase in the enrolment of female ST students in 2020-21, as compared to 2014-15.
Additionally, it has also been noted that the enrolment in 2020-21, as compared to 2014-15 has increased in the specialized universities relating to defence, Sanskrit, biotechnology, forensics, design, sports, etc.
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