What is GER?
Gross Enrolment Ratio or GER is the total enrolment in higher education as percentage of the population in 18-23 years age group.
Highlighting the efforts of government to improve the quality of higher education in India, the ministry said that several new institutes have been opened. Students are also provided scholarships under various government schemes and are provided with subsidy on student loans. Classrooms are being digitalized and institutes are using different Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications to enhance classroom experience for students.
Central Government Initiatives to improve GER
In the Twelfth Five Year Plan a new scheme called Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) was launched. RUSA seeks to promote equity, access, and excellence in state higher education system. This scheme supports upgrading autonomous colleges to universities, clustering colleges to form a university, setting up of new professional colleges in unserved and underserved areas and providing grant to colleges and universities to help them improve their infrastructure.
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