AISHE 2021: Kerala ranks third in terms of highest number of colleges  

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Thiruvananthapuram: In a remarkable achievement, Kerala has ranked among the highest in terms of the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education in the country.

According to the All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE), Kerala has a 5 per cent increase in the enrollment of students, aged between 18 and 23, in higher education, than the previous year.

As per the AISHE report of 2019-20, the state had a GER of 38.8 per cent. The ratio has gone up to 43.2 per cent this year and is quite higher than the national average of 27.3 per cent.

Meanwhile, Kerala ranks joint-third with Himachal Pradesh in terms of college density (number of colleges per lakh population) with a score of 50 after Karnataka (62) and Telangana (53).

The state's goal is to increase the higher education GER to 75 per cent within 10 years. A higher education reforms committee, chaired by Shyam B Menon, had submitted proposals to the state government in this regard.

In addition, the GER of students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) has gone up from 26.7 per cent to 33.7 per cent, and 24 per cent to 29.1 per cent respectively.

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