Karnataka - The Most Popular Destination For Foreign Students

Bengaluru, Karnataka: According to the Annual Status of Higher Education 2015 prepared by the Confederation of Indian Industry, Karnataka is the most popular destination for foreign students in the country. India has about 34,774 foreign students, with Karnataka housing about 13,241 students followed by Tamil Nadu with 4,401 and Maharashtra with 3,888 students.


The CII prepared the report in partnership with Deloitte and with HRD ministry's support. Some 45% of foreign students in the country are women.

Also read: Higher education enrollment statistics in the country

Karnataka has a high concentration of 44 colleges per lakh population compared with the all-India average of 25 colleges per lakh population. In terms of average enrolment per college, Karnataka (436) is significantly lower than the all-India average of 715.

Karnataka Higher Educational Statistics
No. of Universities
State public university 25
Private deemed university 11
Government deemed university 4
State private university 2
Central university 1
Institution of national importance 1
State Open University 1
No. of colleges in Karnataka 3,205
Student Enrollment Details
Total number 18.6 lakhs
Undergraduate enrollment 72.3%
Postgraduate enrollment 13.4%
Diploma 12.9%
Others 1.3%
Pupil-teacher ratio of colleges in Karnataka 10.1
Teaching staff estimate 1.39lakhs
Non-teaching staff estimate 98,000
Number of teachers per college 43.3
Number of non-teaching staff per college 30.7

Karnataka with 25 univeristies has the highest number of public universities. It has 6.7% of all universities in the country and Karnataka ranks fourth among all states in India on the total number of universities with 45 universities, after Uttar Pradesh (59), Tamil Nadu (56), and Rajasthan (47). Karnataka has the highest number of agricultural universities (5), highest number of law universities (2) and highest number of medical universities (6).

The pupil-teacher ratio of colleges in Karnataka at 10.1 students per teachers is better than the all-India average of 14.9. The total number of teaching staff and non-teaching staff in all colleges in the state is estimated to be 1.39 lakhs and 98,000 respectively. However, given the large number of colleges in the state, the number of teachers per college is 43.3 and non-teaching staff per college is 30.7 is lower than the all-India level of 47.9 and 32.9.

Karnataka with 3205 colleges has a share of 9.02% of all colleges in India and ranks third on total number of colleges. The top three specializations are general (68%), nursing (7%), engineering and technology (6%). Of the total colleges in the state, 91% are affiliated to universities, and the remaining are constituent or university colleges. Karnataka's colleges are dominated by private unaided colleges (66.1%), followed by 20.1% owned by government and 13.8% which are private aided.

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