Andhra Pradesh stands 10th in the country in terms of enrolment of students for higher education. In the 2018-19 All-India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) ranking, published by the HRD ministry, Andhra Pradesh follows neighbouring state Telangana. The gross enrolment ratio (GER) of AP stands at 32.4% amongst students aged between 18 to 23 years. Compared to the survey of 2017-18 FY, the state saw a marginal increase of 1.5%.
While the state’s GER is way above the national average of 26.3%, it must be noted that AP is amongst the top states in terms of number of higher education institutions. Andhra Pradesh comes at fifth position with 2,678 colleges, which means there are 49 colleges available for every one lakh people. The average college enrolment (per institute) in the state is 524 which is 6% higher compared to last year.
Around 87% of overall enrolment takes place in private colleges. This is not surprising since the state continues to be at the top in terms of number of private unaided colleges. In AP, private unaided colleges constitute about 82% of all higher educational institutions, while in Telangana it is 80%. MPhil, PG diploma and PhD courses hold the least enrolment rate compared to other levels of higher education in the state.
AP stands fifth in terms of enrolment at teacher training institutions with 31,078 students and fourth in nursing college enrolment rate with 21,913 students. The percentage of female students enrolling at nursing institutions stands at 95.36%. With over 77,000 students, AP also stands seventh in terms of enrolment rate in polytechnic.
Not surprisingly, male enrolment ratio stands higher than females by almost 7% overall.
Andhra Pradesh has the highest percentage (13.83%) of teachers from the SC category. There are about 1,981 foreign students pursuing their education in Andhra Pradesh. Majority of them go for under graduation courses, followed by post-graduation
courses and PhDs.