It looks like the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ is seen ground reality. It’s not we are exaggerating the findings, its what the government data show.
According to the Ministry of Human and Resource Development (HRD), the ratio of children opting for higher studies is now narrowing down after remaining in a fairly static for over the last four years. The survey is conducted by the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) which is unveiled by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday.
Showing growth on the Gender Parity Index (GPI) in the last seven years, the rating went up to 0.94 in 2016-2017 from 0.86 in 2010-2011. The survey thus conducted was studied in seven states – Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, J&K, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Kerala – women in higher education outnumber men.
The survey also showed the increase of students studying in a school in six states has more than the national average of 25.2%, with their share of students entering higher education growing twice as fast as the overall rate.
These states are Himachal Pradesh (36.7%), Kerala (34.2%), Punjab (28.6%), Tamil Nadu (46.9%), Andhra Pradesh (32.4%) and Haryana (29%).
However, eight states — UP (24.9%), MP (20%), Odisha (21%), Bihar (14.4%), Gujarat (20.2%), Rajasthan (20.5%), Mizoram (24.5%) and West Bengal (18.5%) — had an enrolment ratio far less than the national average.
Bihar has the lowest GER with just 14.4 percent of its eligible population (in the age group of 18 to 23 years) pursuing higher education.
GER is a statistical measure which is used for determining the students enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate and research-level studies within the country and expressed as a percentage of the population.