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UGC to increase 30% enrollment in higher education by 2020

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In an attempt to improve the quality of higher education in institutions, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is aiming to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) to 30 per cent by 2020, said Prof D P Singh on Wednesday.

Adding further, the UGC has also chalked out certain objectives for improving the quality of education in higher institutions. Currently, the enrollment rate is of 25.4 per cent.

Commenting on this move, Singh said, “The number of students enrolled in higher education system has gone up to about 3.66 crore in 2017-18. The GER rose to 25.4 per cent in 2017-18, while the aim is to increase it to 30 per cent by 2020.”

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“The objectives include regular revision of curriculum with clearly specified learning outcomes and soft skills, enabling youth to secure access to employment/self-employment, developing social-industry connect, availability of motivated teachers and accreditation to ensure qualitative self- improvement in HEIs,” he further added.

GER is the ratio of students enrolled in the age group of 18-23 years to the population in that age group.

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