Published On: Sun, Jul 8th, 2012

UGC: Maharashtra has maximum number of colleges in India

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University Grants Commission (UGC) has stated that Maharashtra has the highest number of colleges in the country. There are 4,631 colleges affiliated to 44 universities as of 2011. While next is Andhra Pradesh with 4,066 colleges. The report, Higher Education in India at a Glance, looks at the number of educational institutions, teachers and student enrolment in the country.

According to Stephen D’Silva, Head of Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Churchgate said that educational institutions flourish in states such as Maharashtra where industrial and infrastructure growth is high. However, it is to be noted that despite having the most colleges, the state does not boast of the highest student enrolment figures. In 2010-2011, 19.55 lakh students were enrolled in state’s colleges while Uttar Pradesh enrolled more than 25 lakh students.

As per, Snehalata Deshmukh, former vice chancellor of the Mumbai University, said that, UP has higher enrolments because it has a larger population. The living conditions and job opportunities in Maharashtra are far better than the rest of the country and our educational institutions are some of the oldest in the country.

The other side of this trend is that every year there are several vacancies in colleges, especially in professional and management colleges. To have a good number of colleges is not enough. Students give due importance to the faculty, management and other factors before deciding on a college. Quality plays an important role.