The number of students enrolling for PhDs is constantly rising in the country. With the number of enrollments rising to 27,001 from 10,497 enrollments in a span of 10 years, higher education in the country has come a long way.
According to data shared by Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today, as per University Grant Commission (UGC) data, the number of PhD enrollments was 10,497 on March 31, 2005.
This figure increased to 21,597 by March 31, 2010 and rose to 25,992 on March 31, 2014. As on March 31, 2015 there were 27,001 enrollments are per UGC data.
In response to a separate question, Pandey said that the number of PhD degrees awarded in Indian universities in the academic year 2014-15 was 27,327.
In response to another question, the minister said that the number of dropouts from various courses in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) has been declining due to proactive measures taken by these institutes.
He also said that five suicides have been reported from IITs and IIMs during the last three years.
In addition to these achievements, the education sector will greatly benefit from six new IITs coming up across the country this year. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar recently inaugurated IITs in Jammu, Chhattisgarh and Goa. Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was also present at the innuagration of the IIT Goa campus where he announced a tie-up between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and IIT Bombay and IIT Madras to set up a jet propulsion lab.
News Courtesy: The Indian Express (link)