Muslim student numbers in higher education fall – Survey

The number of Muslim students enrolling in higher education institutions in India has seen a dip, according to an analysis of the latest available All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) data, writes Atul Krishna for

The AISHE report is prepared by the ministry of education on different parameters including student enrolment, teachers’ data, infrastructure and financial information. An analysis of the AISHE 2020-21 data, part of a larger report titled State of Muslim Education in India by educationist Arun C Mehta, has found that the total enrolment of Muslim students declined from over 2.1 million in 2019-20 to 1.92 million in 2020-21.

Mehta’s analysis also reveals that the percentage of Muslim student enrolment to total enrolment dropped in 2020-21. In 2019-20, Muslim students amounted to 5.45% of the total students in higher education institutions, but the percentage dipped to 4.64% in 2020-21. This dip in the percentage of Muslim students is true for both male and female students.
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