Ever since the Right to Education came into being, the school enrolment numbers in the country have shot up considerably. However, the enrolment numbers in the higher education circuit in the country are still dismal, leading to an unsatisfactory level of literacy and skill in the country. However, the HRD Ministry has released some positive news in this regard.
As per a press release given out by the Ministry of HRD, the higher education’s GER (Gross Enrolment Ratio) has shot up to 24.5% in the session 2015-16. In 2004-5, which was about a decade back, the country’s higher education GER was about a meagre 10%. The ministry called it a positive sign and said that the numbers would only improve from here.
This is how GER is defined – “Gross Enrolment Ratio or GER is the total enrolment in higher education as percentage of the population in 18-23 years age group.”
The ministry also said that the government is committed to improving the standards of education in the country and has opened many new institutions in the country to ensure this. The government is also providing a number of scholarships and subsidized loans to students to pursue higher education. Additionally, institutes are being encouraged to increase the use of technology for enhancing student experience.
In order to boost the country’s higher education, the government released the NIRF (National Institute Ranking Framework) in the year 2015. A new list of the NIRF rankings is expected to be released in the month of April this year. Other efforts from the government included the launching of RUSA (Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan).