‘AISHE data mandatory to get scholarship, grants, research projects’

Laying stress on the role that the data collected by the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) plays in overall improvisation of the higher education institutions, State Nodal Officer, AISHE and Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), Department of Higher Education, GoK, Dr Bhagyavana S Mudigoudra accentuated the significance of consolidating data and uploading it on the portal.

Speaking at a workshop on ‘Uploading AISHE data to All India Survey on Higher Education Portal’ organised for the Nodal Officers of Higher Education Institutions by the Statistical Cell, University of Mysore (UoM) in association with Department of Higher Education, Dr Mudigoudra pointed out that the introduction of AISHE in 2010-11 had brought an array of positive changes in the higher education sector.

Mainly, he said, it helped in effective consolidation of data giving the government the actual number of students, teachers and gross ennoblement ratio, etc. The data indicating the number of students pursuing higher education was six lakh before 2010. The number had dramatically risen to 18.6 lakh as revealed by AISHE, last year. This has further helped the government in ensuring the effective reach of schemes to students, he added.

Explaining about the annual web-based AISHE, Dr Mudigoudra said that higher education institutions were asked to submit the data collected on several parameters such as teachers, student enrolment, programmes, examination results, education finance and infrastructure on the dedicated portal. He said that indicators of educational development such as Institution Density, Gross Enrolment Ratio, Pupil-teacher ratio, Gender Parity Index, Per Student Expenditure was also calculated from the data collected through AISHE.

Dr Mudigoudra added that not many were aware of the importance of the AISHE while most of the nodal officers hadn’t taken the survey seriously. If institutions failed to upload the data, they would be penalised and the affiliation would be cancelled if the same was repeated, he said.

“If colleges fail to provide information sought for AISHE within the prescribed time limit, then they would be deprived of grants too. While the AISHE code is mandatory for students to apply for the scholarships, it is equally important for teachers if they are intending to take up research projects,” he pointed out.

The workshop also involved awareness on `Vittiya Saksharta Abhiyan,’ a Government of India’s cashless movement involving students of higher education, to encourage and motivate all payers and payees to use a digitally enabled cashless economic system for transfer of funds.

UoM Vice Chancellor Prof Yashvanth Dongre, Registrar Prof R Rajanna, Director, PMEB and Nodal Officer, RUSA, UoM, Prof Lingaraja Gandhi and  Nodal Officer, Statistical Cell, UoM, Dr Veena Mathad were present.

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