Gap in [India's] higher education infrastructure
12 Oct, 2010, 11.58AM IST
By Chintan Patel, Associate Director, Infrastructure practice, Ernst & Young
India has one of the largest higher education networks with 25,951 colleges and 504 universities and university-level institutions. While the gross enrolment ratio (GER) has seen close to a seventy fold increase in the past six decades, the number of teachers has seen slightly over a twenty fold increase. This has resulted in a pupil to teacher ratio of 40, which is double the global average. However, despite the increase in enrolment, the GER at 11% (Eleventh Five Year Plan) is pegged at half the average for Asian countries at 22% and the world average at 23.2%. The daunting task ahead of India is rather apparent when compared to countries such as USA at 83%, Sweden at 82% and Norway at 80%.
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