Gross Enrolment Ratio to be raised to 30 percent by 2020: Mukherjee

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Shillong, Apr 4 (ANI): Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that India plans to raise the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) from 12.4 percent to 30 percent by 2020.

"We intend to increase GER from the present 12.4 percent level to 30 percent by 2020. This will require additional infrastructure, enriched capacity in higher education system. This will require effective partnership of all stakeholders and collaborative efforts," said Mukherjee.

"With the expansion of economy, there is demand of skilled and adequate human resources," added Mukherjee, while addressing the maiden convocation of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong.

The Gross Enrolment Ratio or Gross Enrolment Index (GEI) is a statistical measure used in the education sector and by the United Nations in its Education Index.

The GER gives a rough indication of the level of education from kindergarten to postgraduate education.

The United Nations measures the GER as the percentage of students enrolled in primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education out of the school age population for the three levels.

China has a GER of 22 percent, while the developed countries have a GER of about 45 percent. (ANI)

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