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AISHE report

Topics Covered:

  1. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.


AISHE report


What to study?

For Prelims: Key findings of the report.

For Mains: Concerns, challenges ahead and measures to address them.


Context: All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) report for 2018-19 was recently released by the HRD ministry.



  • The survey, undertaken as an annual, web-based, pan-India exercise on the status of Higher Education since 2010-11, covers all the Higher Educational Institutions in the country
  • The survey collects data on several parameters like teachers, student enrolment, programmes, examination results, education finance, infrastructure, etc.


Key findings:

  1. Gender gap narrowing.
  2. More Girls in two states: In Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, there are now more females in the age group of 18-23 enrolling for higher education than male students.
  3. Female enrolment improved from 47.6% in 2017-18 to 48.6% in 2018-19.
  4. The gross enrolment ratio (GER) increased marginally – from 25.8 in 2017-18 to 26.3 in 2018-19.
  5. In absolute terms, enrolment increased from 3.66 crore to 3.74 crore students in the same period. GER for SCs has also shown a growth from 21.8 to 23.0 and STs from 15.9 to 17.2. 
    Number of universities has grown from 903 in 2017-18 to 993 in 2018-19 and total HEIs (higher educational institutions) from 49,964 to 51,649 in the same period.
  6. Number of faculty has also increased from 13.88 lakh to 14.16 lakh.
  7. Preferred stream at PG level: While one-third of undergraduate students are enrolled in humanities, management seems to be a preferred stream at the postgraduate (PG) level. Science and engineering technology registered relatively more enrolment in M. Phil and Ph.D programmes.
  8. Preferred stream at the UG level, 35.9% of the total enrolment was in arts/ humanities/social science, just 16.5% students are pursuing science, followed by commerce with 14.1%. Engineering is the fourth choice.


Sources: the Hindu.