NEW DELHI : Only 2.5% colleges in the country run PhD programmes and maximum students opt for PhD in science stream, according to the All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE) by the HRD Ministry.

A total of 1,69,170 students are enrolled in PhD programmes that is less than 0.5% of the total student enrolment.

For the annual survey, the higher education institutions are categorized in 3 broad categories--university, college and stand-alone institutions. A total of 962 universities; 38,179 colleges and 9190 stand alone institutions participated in the survey for the year 2018-19.

“Only 2.5% colleges run PhD programme and 34.9% colleges run post graduate level programmes. At PhD level, maximum numbers of students out-turn is in science stream followed by engineering and technology. On the other hand at PG level maximum students out-turn is observed in social science and management stream comes at number two," according to the survey report.

The share of PhD.student is highest in State Public University (34.3%) followed by Institute of National Importance (21.6%), Deemed University-Private (21.6%) and State Private University (13.4%)

The ASHE report pointed out that about 79.8% of students are enrolled in undergraduate level programme.

"Maximum numbers of students are enrolled in B.A. programme followed by B.Sc. and B.Com. programmes. At Undergraduate level the highest number (35.9%) of students are enrolled in arts, humanities or social sciences courses followed by science (16.5%), engineering and technology (13.5%) and commerce (14.1%)," the report said.

There are 34.8% colleges, which run only single programme, out of which 83.1% are privately managed.

“Among these privately managed colleges, 38.1% colleges run B.Ed courses only. 77.8 % colleges are privately managed, 64.3% private-unaided and 13.5% private-aided. Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have about 88 per cent private-unaided colleges and Tamil Nadu has 87% private-unaided colleges, whereas, Assam has 16% .“

"Around 16.3% of colleges are having enrolment less than 100 and only 4% colleges have enrolment more than 3000," the report said.

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