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3 October 2016

Women Only Colleges Increases in India

Quodsi everti ancillae vim qui lorem persius petentium Women Only Colleges Increases in India

New Delhi October 3 (ENA) India has witnessed a significant increase in the number of women only colleges. Women only colleges become important especially in rural areas where the social norms create obstacle for women to pursue higher education that might lead them to come in contact with men.

The concern for family honour and the fear that once becoming adult women should not be allowed to mingle much with men which is given in the case of co-educational colleges, results in women being married off against their wishes instead of letting them to pursue higher education.

It is to address this concern that the government has been establishing women only colleges in the country so that women get the opportunity to pursue higher education with the consent of their family members.

In this regard the country has witnessed a compound annual growth of 9% in the number of women only colleges during the period of 1997-98 to 2013-14.

Growth in the Number of women’s colleges

Year

Number of Women Colleges

Number of Total Colleges

1997-1998

1,260

-

1998-1999

1,359

-

1999-2000

1,503

-

2000-2001

1,578

-

2001-2002

1,756

-

2002-2003

1,824

-

2003-2004

1,871

-

2004-2005

1,977

18,080

2005-2006

2,071

19,327

2006-2007

2,208

21,170

2007-2008

2,360

23,208

2008-2009

2,565

25,954

2009-2010

3,612

31,660

2010-2011

3,982

32,964

2011-2012

4,266*

35,539

2012-2013

4,386*

37,204

2013-2014

4,506*

39,671

Source: Annual Report, 2013-14, and 2014-15, University Grants Commission (UGC).

Note: *Provisional and includes Nursing colleges for Women.

 

As the above table shows the number of women only colleges in the country has increased from 1260 in 1997-98 to 4506 in 2013-14.

Another positive development that can be seen from the table is that the total number of colleges has also increased during the period of 2004-05 to 2013-14. During the period of 2004-05 to 2013-14 the compound annual growth rate of all the colleges has been 10%.

The proportion of women only colleges out of the total colleges in the country has increased only marginally from 10.9% in 2004-05 to 11.4% in 2013-14. Despite this the fact that there has been continuous increase in the women colleges in the country shows that the government is committed to provide access to higher education to women from every social and religious background.  (ENA Bureau)

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