Assam, Nagaland fall behind other states in higher education enrollment ratio


Guwahati, January 20, 2018: The Centre has revealed that the gross enrolment ratio (GER) in higher educational institutions of two northeastern states – Assam and Nagaland – is far lower than the national average.

The All India Survey on Higher Education (2016-17), published by the Union ministry of human resource development, shows that while the national GER in higher educational institutions is 25.2 per cent it is only 17.2 per cent for Assam and 16.6 per cent for Nagaland (see chart).

GER in higher education in India is calculated for the age group of 18-23 years. The survey covered all the higher educational institutions in the country.

The report says Assam has two central universities, three institutes of national importance, 11 state public universities and one open university. It says Assam has 541 colleges with average enrolment per college is 917.

Director in charge of the State Council for Education Research and Training, Assam (SCERT) and former principal of Cotton College Nirada Devi said lack of adequate higher educational institutions is one of the reasons of the low GER in Assam.

The national GER is 21.1 per cent and 15.4 per cent for the SC and ST respectively. The national GER for male population is 26 per cent and 24.5 per cent for female population.

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Source: The Telegraph