Gross Enrolment Ratio in Higher Education

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Gross Enrolment Ratio in Higher Education is 12.2 p.c.

The Karnataka Knowledge Commission has put the gross enrolment ratio ( GER ) in higher education in the State at 12.2 per cent in 2008.

The commission, also known as the Karnataka Jnana Ayoga, did not take into account the number of students enrolled for distance education when studying the GER in higher education in the State.

Sources in the commission told that the GER in higher education in Karnataka stood at 12 per cent in 2008. “The study to estimate the GER in higher education covers youth in the age group of 18 to 23 years.

But, as distance education programmes do not have age limit for enrolment, we did not take into account students of such programmes in our study”, the sources pointed out.

“If the 2008 estimate of the commission is taken as a benchmark, there has been a marginal increase in the GER in the past three years”, the sources said.

The Last Meeting

Meanwhile, the three – year term of the commission, which ended in the first week of September, was extended till the month – end. “The last meeting of the commission, which is a sort of thanksgiving meeting, has been scheduled for September 24, 2011 when the final report of the commission will be submitted”, officials said.

The last meeting of the commission is expected to be attended by Minister for Higher Education V.S. Acharya, Chairman of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission K. Kasturirangan, Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath and other members of the commission.

A decision on extending the tenure of the commission rests with Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda.

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Priority to increase GER in Colleges

Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya on 17th April, 2011 said that the State government was giving priority to increasing the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in degree colleges.

He was speaking after inaugurating a building of the Government First Grade College at Hiriyadka (Udupi DT.).

Dr. Acharya said that GER for the youth aged between 18 and 24 was just 13 per cent, which had to be increased. The government wanted to promote inclusive growth in the higher education sector.

It was giving importance to qualitative improvement and personality development. “Educated people should become catalysts for development and harmony in society. They should be part of the solution and not the problem,” he added.

Karnataka was the first State in the country to set up a knowledge commission. It had also set up a higher education council.

Serving and retired Vice – chancellors and educationists were members of this council, which deliberated on important matters concerning higher education, he said.

This council had decided that henceforth Ph. Ds should be awarded as per the guidelines of the Universities Grants Commission (UGC).

It had also decided to form common guidelines for all universities in the State. “Karnataka is now the knowledge hub of Asia in professional and higher education,” he said.

The government had decided to pay  10,000 as honorarium to guest lecturers in government colleges from 1st April, 2011. It was also planning to fill vacant posts of lecturer in government colleges.

There had been rapid progress in the higher education sector in the State. While the State had 635 high schools in 1965, there were 13,000 now. While the State had only 151 colleges in 1956, there were 2,300 now, the Minister said.

In the past five years, more funds had been provided for opening colleges. There had been an increase in the admission of students and appointment of faculty, he said.