To portray the status of higher education in the country, Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched web-based All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2014-15 in New Delhi today. The survey, undertaken as an annual, web-based, pan-India exercise on the status of Higher Education since 2010-11, covers all the Higher Educational Institutions in the country.

The survey covers all the Institutions in the country engaged in imparting of higher education.

So far, the Ministry has released the final reports of AISHE 2011-12 and provisional reports of AISHE 12-13, which are in the public domain. While the Survey exercise is in its fourth consecutive year now, the AISHE 2013-14, launched on June 17, 2014, is also underway. With the launch of AISHE 2014-15 in October, the time lag in dissemination of higher education statistics has been eliminated.

The annual survey collects data on several parameters like teachers, student enrolment, programmes, examination results, education finance, infrastructure, etc. Such parameters and the data collected under these come in handy for making informed policy decisions and conducting research in education development.

The Survey is building a sound database, which is getting updated annually as per information submitted by the Institutions. The data is uploaded on the AISHE portal.

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