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Survey: Increase in Enrolment of Marginalized Communities in Higher Education
The data highlights a substantial improvement in female enrolment across SC, ST, and OBC categories. Female SC students increased by 26.6%, ST students by 47.6%, and OBC students by 27.2% over the five-year period.

by Pragti Sharma / 27 Jan 2024 17:19 PM IST / 0 Comment(s) / 132

The latest all-India survey on higher education reveals encouraging trends in the enrolment of students from marginalized communities, including scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST), and other backward castes (OBC). Over the past five years (2017-18 to 2021-22), the overall growth in student enrolment in higher education is 18.1%. Remarkably, the enrolment of SC students grew by 25.43%, ST students by 41.6%, and OBC students by 27.3%, surpassing the national average.



However, the enrolment data for Muslim students showed a comparatively modest increase of 14.7%, from 18.4 lakh in 2017-18 to 21.1 lakh in 2021-22. The survey underscores the need for targeted efforts to further enhance inclusivity and access to higher education for all communities.



The data highlights a substantial improvement in female enrolment across SC, ST, and OBC categories. Female SC students increased by 26.6%, ST students by 47.6%, and OBC students by 27.2% over the five-year period.



This positive trend indicates progress towards achieving equitable representation in higher education, fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment. As India works towards enhancing its Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education, these efforts are crucial for realizing the full potential of its diverse student population.



In conclusion, the substantial growth in enrolment of students from marginalized communities in higher education reflects commendable progress toward fostering inclusivity and equal educational opportunities. The concerted efforts to bridge gaps and ensure wider representation across SC, ST, and OBC categories contribute to building a more diverse and vibrant learning environment.



News Source: The Indian Express


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