Telling Numbers: In higher education, dropout rates decline in last five years

By - 11 February 2020


11 February 2020

Dropout rates have been declining in higher education institutions over the years. Gross enrolment in higher education, meanwhile, is at just over a quarter of the population in the relevant age group. These emerge out of data tabled by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in response to two separate questions during the ongoing session of Parliament.

On Monday, the ministry presented data to show that there has been a decreasing trend in dropout rate over the last five years. The dropout rate in the IITs has fallen from 2.25% in 2015-16 to less than 1% in 2019-20, that in the IIMs has fallen from 1.04% to less than 1% in the same period, and that in other institutions of higher education from 7.49% to 2.82%.

This trend has been achieved by taking a number of corrective measures to minimise the dropout, which include appointment of advisors to monitor the academic progress of students and peer-assisted learning, the ministry said.

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