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All India Survey on Higher Education Released

Published on January 08, 2018
The Union Minister for Human Resource and Development (HRD), Prakash Javadekar released the AISHE (All India Survey on Higher Education) for the year 2016-17 in New Delhi.

All India Survey on Higher Education Released

  • It said the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education had gone up 24.2% in 2016-17 from 24.5% in 2015-16.
  • India has set a target of achieving 30%in higher education by 2020.
  • According to the survey, the number of universities in India rose to 864 last year as compared to in 2015-16.
  • Tamil Nadu emerged as the leader in the country in terms of GER in higher education. It witnessed a GER of 46.9%. It also did well in terms of males and females GER figures and the figures for the scheduled castes.
  • Mr. Javadekar also informed that the Gender Parity Index (GPI) had improved from 0.86% to 0.94%. GPI is a ratio of proportional representation of males and females.
  • The number of educational institutes on the AISHE portal had also increased.
  • All India Survey on Higher Education has detailed information on 864 universities and 40026 colleges.

Key Features of AISHE

  • For the first time, efforts have been made in the AISHE 2016-17 to collect data of teachers in the portal ‘Gurujan’ which is specially designed for the teachers. 
  • Details of 12.68 lakh teachers have been uploaded in the portal.
  • Gurujan is useful in ascertaining the quality of faculty in an institution.
  • The first AISHE was initiated in 2011 and has been carried out since then.
  • The MHRD said that the portal based survey has reduced the time lag between conducting the survey and releasing the result of the survey.

GER (Gross Enrolment Ratio)

GER for higher education is calculated with reference to the age group 18-23. It is the total enrolment in higher education, irrespective of age, expressed as a percentage to the eligible official population (18-23 years) in a given school.


To portray the status of higher education in India, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development has endeavoured to conduct an annual web-based All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) since 2010-11. The survey covers all institutions of the country engaged in imparting of higher education. Data is collected on several parameters like teachers, student enrolment, programmes, examination results infrastructure, etc. Indicators of educational development such as Institution Density, Gross Enrolment Ratio, Pupil-teacher Ratio, Gender Parity Index, Per Student expenditure is also calculated through AISHE.
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