GER in India lower than developed countries average: Moily
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Last Updated: Monday, March 29, 2010, 18:58
Bangalore: Expressing concern over the low enrolment rate in the country, Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Monday said despite over 500 universities and 25,000 colleges, the gross enrolment ratio (GER) continues to be low with only 12.4 per hundred accessing higher education.

"We are far behind the developed countries' average of 45 per cent and even countries like China (22 per cent)," he said here delivering the convocation address of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.

The GER for Dalits, educationally backward minorities and other socially and educationally backward minorities and other socially backward classes is even lower than the national GER.

The Centre has set a GER target of 30 per cent by 2020 and for this, the number of universities and colleges would have to be increased many fold, quality of existing institutions to be enhanced and existing colleges and universities will have to be expanded, Moily said.

The IITs have brought about a technological revolution, he said. "It is unfortunate that we have not seen such a revolution in the field of health care."

"I feel that health universities all over the country should rise to meet this challenge and work in this direction," he added.


First Published: Monday, March 29, 2010, 18:58

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