Haves and Have Nots of Indian Post-Pandemic Enrolment

India, with the highest enterprise of higher education in the whole world, is the hub of 52000 higher educational institutes and 37.4 million students are thriving to set new enrolment goals post-pandemic.

As per the population, the number of universities and colleges are not in that huge country. But the respective government is trying to achieve the gross enrolment ratio (GER) as high as possible with the huge youth population aged between 18 to23. Some major problems are dominant as follows: one, the scope of higher education in rural India is emerging at a very low pace. Two, the long term low-interest loans for higher studies are inadequate in number and third, the digital connectivity is not well distributed.

While the elite colleges and universities have both the autonomy and capability to endorse online classes, a major part of the student circle misses out that opportunity. The present government Modi 2.0 has come up with the RUSA (Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan), an initiative to deal with all these problems and to set a GER target of 32% by 2032. On the contrary, the recent enrolment rate does not give us the hope to achieve the target soon. We look forward to the Indian government regarding this difficult situation.