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Punjab colleges, varsities lose 1 lakh students in 5 years Due To CANADA effect

  • 29 Jan, 2024



The ground effect of mass migration of youths from Punjab to countries such as Canada and Australia has started emptying state’s colleges and universities, indicates the latest data as per the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) report 2021-22, released by the Union ministry of education in New Delhi on Saturday.

The total enrollment in the colleges and universities of Punjab has witnessed a decline of at least one lakh students in the past five years, says the data, but there’s a silver lining. There has been a slight uptick in the total enrollment in the state in the past one year.

However, Punjab’s Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER), a key indicator of the level of participation in higher education within a given population, has been recorded lower than the national level. Punjab’s GER has been recorded at 27.4 only, lower than the national average of 28.4. In simple terms, higher GER values indicate greater enrolment in higher education among the specified age group (18-23 years). Punjab’s GER has alarmingly dropped from 29.2 in 2017-18 to 27.4 in 2021-22.

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