Study: Few girls enrol in major education institutes

Prakash Javadekar, Union minister (Photo: PTI | File)

New Delhi: The All India Survey of Higher Education revealed that the enrolment of female students is lowest in institutions of national importance, followed by state private open universities and government deemed universities.

The report, which was released by Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday, said the Gross Enrolment Ration (GER) in higher education in the country is 25.8 per cent, which is calculated for 18-23 years of age group.

“The share of female students is lowest in institutions of national importance, followed by state private open universities and deemed universities. The total enrolment in higher education has been estimated to be 36.6 million with 19.2 million boys and 17.4 million girls. The girls constitute 47.6 per cent of the enrolment,” the survey report for 2017-18 said.

The GER for male population is 26.3 per cent and for females it is 25.4 per cent. For Scheduled Castes, it is 21.8 per cent and for Scheduled Tribes it is 15.9 per cent as compared to the national GER of25.8 per cent, it said.

More males were awarded PhD degrees during 2017, maximum of them being in the Science stream.