AISHE Report

AISHE Report

This article covers ‘Daily Current Affairs’ and the topic details of “All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) Report”. This topic is relevant in the “Governance” section of the UPSC CSE exam.

Why in the News?

More women than males have enrolled in higher education over the previous eight years, according to the newly released 2021-22 All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE).


About All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) Report:

  • The All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) Report is a thorough and systematic project launched by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, to collect and analyse data on the country’s higher education system. The major goal of AISHE is to give reliable and up-to-date information regarding many sectors of higher education, including enrollment trends, infrastructure, faculty, and other pertinent factors.
  • The AISHE Report, which is published annually, plays an important role in developing policies and strategies for the growth of higher education in India. It examines both traditional and unconventional institutions, providing insights on the variegated landscape of educational institutions across the country.
  • The report normally includes information about student enrollment, faculty composition, infrastructure facilities, gender distribution, and exam outcomes. It enables policymakers, researchers, and educational institutions to discover trends, evaluate policy impacts, and make educated decisions to improve the quality and accessibility of higher education.
  • One prominent component of the AISHE Report is its emphasis on inclusivity, which includes data on student enrollment from many social groups and backgrounds. This helps to assess the success of affirmative action measures and ensures equal access to education.
  • The AISHE Report is an important resource for a variety of stakeholders, including government authorities, academic institutions, and researchers, since it promotes evidence-based decision-making and the continuing improvement of India’s higher education system. As an updated document, the AISHE Report reflects the dynamic character of higher education, providing a comprehensive overview of the sector’s progress and difficulties.


The Major Findings of AISHE Report 2021-22 are:

  • The AISHE report 2021-22 was done over the academic session 2021-22. AISHE 2021-22 registered 1,168 universities/university level institutions, 45,473 colleges, and 12,002 stand-alone institutions.
  • The poll included responses from 1,162 universities, 42,825 colleges, and 10,576 stand-alone institutions.

            Number of institutions as per AISHE Report:

  • Since 2014-15, 341 universities or university-level institutes have been formed. Out of 1168 registered universities, 685 are government-managed (240 by the central government and 445 by the state government), 10 are private deemed (aided), and 473 are private (unaided).
  • There are 17 universities specifically for women. It was 11 in 2014-15. In 2021-22, there were 18 Open Universities (1 Central University, 16 State Universities, and 1 State Private University).
  • Enrollment in higher education: Higher education enrollment is projected to reach over 4.33 crore in 2021-22, up from 3.42 crore in 2014-15.
  • Female enrollment in higher education has risen to 2.07 crore (32% increase since 2014-15). The total number of pass-outs has climbed to 1.07 crore in 2021-22 from 95.4 lakh in 2020-21.

Caste-based enrollment:

  • Caste breakdown of all enrolled students in 2021-22: The student body is made up of 15.3% Scheduled Caste, 6.3% Scheduled Tribe, 37.8% Other Backward Class, and 40.6% from other categories.
  • Scheduled Caste student enrollment has risen to 66.23 lakh in 2021-22, up from 58.95 lakh the previous year. The enrollment of Scheduled Tribe students has increased to 27.1 lakh in 2021-22 from 24.12 lakh in 2020-21.
  • The number of Scheduled Tribe Female students enrolled grew to 13.46 lakh in 2021-22 from 12.21 lakh in 2020-21. While Minority enrollment has risen to 30.1 lakh in 2021-22 from 21.8 lakh in 2014-15.

Enrollment in states: 

  • The top six states in terms of student enrollment are Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Rajasthan. They account for 53.3% of the overall student enrollment.
  • In 2021-22, there were approximately 15.98 lakh faculty/teachers in higher education, with 56.6% being male and 43.4% female.
  • The number of educators in 2021-22 has increased by 46,618 from 2020-21.

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Prelims practice question

Q1) Consider the following statements:

1) University Grants Commission (UGC) is the primary regulatory body overseeing higher education in India

2) National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in India primarily focuses on Vocational education and skill development

3) University Grants Commission (UGC) is responsible for conducting the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) in India

How many of the above statements are correct? · ·

(a) Only one

(b) Only two

(c) All three

(d) None 



Mains practice question


Q1) In your opinion, how has the implementation of the Right to Education Act impacted the quality of primary education in the country?

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