Present Status

  • The female literacy rate is considerably low in India compared to world average.
  • Female enrolment in colleges is up from 47.6% in 2017-18 to 48.6% in 2018-19, the All India Survey on Higher Education found.
  • In Uttar Pradesh, there are 90,000 more women than men in higher education.
  • The biggest transformation has taken place in rural India where in 2016, 70% of 18-year-olds were already in college.
  • The enrolment gap between males and females in the formal education system increases with age.
  • There is a wide gender disparity in India’s performance on literacy with a difference of around 20 percentage points between male and female literacy rates.
  • There is a drastic drop in the percentage of women from the doctoral level to the scientist/faculty position.