Enrollment in HEIs increases by 9 million since 2014

Enrollment in HEIs

Enrolment in higher education institutions (HEIs) has increased by nine million reaching a total enrollment of 4.32 crore. Also, the enrollment of female students has increased to a great extent.

“Approximately two crore female students are part of this total enrollment in higher educational institutions”, said Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education.

He further said, “Compared to 2014, there is a 31.6 per cent increase in the number of female students studying presently. Pradhan said that, in 2014, the total enrollment of students in higher education was 3.42 crore, representing 23 per cent.”

According to the survey for 2021–2022, the enrolment has risen to 4.32 crore, or 28%. The Education Ministry reported that compared to prior years, higher education institutions’ resources have significantly increased. The Ministry claims that there are an increasing number of colleges and universities. 43,796 colleges and 1,113 universities exist in the nation as of right now.

States like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Rajasthan, which have performed exceptionally well in the education sector and are among the top six states, have the highest enrollment rates in higher education.

In addition to offering insights into the trend of students pursuing higher education, the ministry report notes that 12.3 lakh candidates applied for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) this year, setting a record. With 3.7 lakh more candidates applying for JEE Mains than the previous year, this represents a notable increase.

The report also shows that the proportion of female applicants has increased significantly.

Approximately 79% of students pursuing higher education including those enrolled in technical colleges, B.Tech programs, and MBBS programs are at undergraduate level. Twelve percent of them are also postgraduate students. The vast majority of graduate students are enrolled in the arts program.

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