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.