Meghalaya, Nagaland and Sikkim

Three Northeastern states; Meghalaya, Nagaland and Sikkim feature in the latest All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) list where women in higher education outnumber men.

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, unveiled this list which featured seven states, including the Northeast states. The other states are Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala.

The ratio of children opting for higher studies has remained fairly static over the last four years and the narrowing of the gender gap with more girls now going to college, is good news indeed.

As per the survey India registered its best performance on the Gender Parity Index (GPI) in the last seven years — 0.94 in 2016-17 from 0.86 in 2010-11.

However, eight other states had an enrolment ratio far less than the national average and that includes Northeast’s Mizoram at just 24.5 percent.

The survey findings are based on the responses of 795 universities, 34,193 colleges and 7,496 standalone institutions. There are a total of 864 universities, 40,026 colleges and 11,669 standalone institutions in the country.

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