E-journal of All India Association for Educational Research (EJAIAER)

 

†† VOL.20†††† ††††††††††††††††††Nos:3 & 4†††† †††††††††††September & December, 2008

 

EXPANSION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN GOA

 

G.C. Pradhan

 

INTRODUCTION

Goa is a small state spread across 3702, square kilometres.†† It is located on the west coast of India bounded by Maharashtra on the North, Karnataka on the South-east and Arabian Sea on the West.The length of Goa from North to South is 105 kms. and the width from East to West is about 60 kms.†† Goa has only two district North Goa and South Goa.There are 11 Talukas comprising 1 Municipal Corporation, 13 municipal towns, 30 census towns and 347 inhibited villages.Goa was under Portuguese rule for about 450 years.It was liberated in December 1961 and treated as a union territory until May 1987 when it was given statehood, the 25th State of India. The total population of Goa at present is around 15 lakhs (13.48 lakhs as per the Census 2001).The density of population of the state is 364 per sq. kms. (Census 2001) higher than the all India average of 325 persons.Goa is an advanced State of India on several indicators of development including literacy and womenís status.Sex ratio records 965 female for every 1000 male, far better than the all India figure (i.e. 927:1000).Goa is the fourth highest literate state with an impressive literacy rate of 82.01.Male and female literary rates are 88.4 and 75.4 respectively. There was hardly any institution of higher education in Goa in the pre-liberation era.It is the post-liberation period that witnessed a phenomenal expansion in the field of education right from primary to university level.Goa University was established in 1985 by an Act of Goa Legislative Assembly.Prior to this, institutions of higher education in the State were affiliated to the University of Bombay.

 

Objectives of the Study

To study the growth of higher education in Goa during the last two decades in terms: number and types of institutions, types of courses offered, student enrolment, and course-wise gender difference in enrolment and teacher population.

 

Procedures Followed

The study involved an analysis of the expansion of higher education in Goa during the last two decades.It is basically a descriptive comparative study.The data for the study were obtained mainly from the following sources:

1.Educational Statistics at a Glance (various years);

2.List of Recognised Institutions in Goa (for various years) published by the Directorate of School Education (DoE), Govt. of Goa;

3.Goa University Hand Book (for various years);

4.Prospectus and Annual Reports of different institutions.

An Information Schedule prepared by the investigator was used to record the data from the said documents.The obtained data were tabulated and frequency/percentage analysis of the same was carried out.

FINDINGS

Number and Types of Institutions

There were only 8 colleges offering courses in the general stream (Arts, Science & Commerce) and 10 professional/technical colleges by the year 1985-86.It indicated that growth of higher education was very slow during the first two decades in the post-liberation period.The number of general (non-professional) colleges increased to 15 (nearly double) by the year 1990-91, just in 5 years.Further, the number of general colleges increased to 20 during the subsequent 5 years period (1990-91 to 1995-96).†† It is pertinent to note that Goa University was established in 1985 and Goa got statehood in 1987.Perhaps these two factors contributed for rapid expansion of general higher education in the State between 1985-86 and 1995-96.No new general colleges were established during the last one decade (1995-96 to 2006-07). On the other hand, it was found that only 10 professional/technical institutions of higher education were established in the State by the year 1985-86.A steady increase in number of professional/technical institutions was observed during the last two decades (1985-86 to 2006-07).The number of institutions offering professional/technical courses increased to 26 by the year 2006-07, two and half times increase in 20 years.It was found that there were two and half time increase in the number of general colleges established between 1985-86 to 1995-96.But after 1995-96, there was hardly any expansion of general (non-professional) higher education.On the other hand, quantitative expansion of professional/technical higher education consistently continued over the years.In fact, after 1995-96, priority was shifted from general education towards professional/technical education.

 

Courses Offered††

The number of colleges offering Bachelorís degree courses in Arts, Science and Commerce (B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com.) increased substantially over the years.The number of colleges offering Bachelorís degree courses in Arts increased from 5 in 1985-86 to 15 in 2007-08, i.e. three-times increase.Also, the increase was two and half times in the case of the number of colleges offering B.Sc. degree courses during the same period.Compared to the B.A. and B.Sc. degree courses, the increase was higher (four times) so far as the number of colleges offering B.Com. degree courses was concerned.Besides, the traditional B.A., B.Sc. and B.com. degree courses, several new courses have been introduced by many of the general colleges in the recent years on self-financing basis.The courses includes B.B.A., B.C.A., B.Com (Vocational), Diploma courses in Computer Applications, Fire Technology, Biotechnology, Event Management, Journalism etc. By the year 1985-86, there were facilities for only 9 professional/technical courses (viz. Education, Law, Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Engineering, Art and Architecture) in the State.The number and type of professional courses steadily increased over the years.By the year 2007-08, the number of disciplines in which professional courses offered in the state increased to 17.The number of institutions offering each of the professional courses remained the same during the last two decades except in the case of Engineering, Education, Management and Computer Science in which the number of institutions increased between 2000-01 and 2007-08. The Masterís degree courses were conducted only by the Goa University in its campus until the recent years, except in some professional courses like Education and Medicine.Only the Bachelorís degree courses were offered by the colleges.†† Goa University made some changes in its policies regarding the conduct of Masterís degree in non-professional courses and has granted affiliation in the recent years to some colleges to conduct Masterís degree courses in the subjects of Geography, Psychology and Commerce.However, these courses are run on self-financing basis.Goa University offers M.A. degree courses in 11 subjects, M.Sc. in 10 subjects, besides M. Com., M.C.A, M.F.S. and M.B.A courses. Masterís degree courses in seven subjects/disciplines viz. Medical, Engineering, Pharmacy, Law, Geography, Psychology and Commerce are available in colleges in Goa at present.In Goa, there are no Masterís degree courses in many subjects/disciplines like Physical Education, Library Science, Social Work etc.

 

Financing of Higher Education

In 1985-86, 70 percent of the professional/technical institutions (i.e. 7 out of 10) were established and managed by the state government and the remaining 30 percent were run by private bodies but funded by the State Government. There were no self-financed/unaided professional/technical institutions in the State at that point of time.By the year 1995-96, number of government institutions increased to 9 and that of government aided increased to 4.During the same period, 2 self-financed/unaided institutions were established which constituted only 13 percent of the total number of professional/technical institutions.No new professional/technical institutions were established by the Government between 1995-96 and 2007-08.Only one government aided institution was established during this period.But there was phenomenal growth of private self-financed professional/technical institutions in the State between 1995-96 and 2007-08.As many as 11 self-financed professional/technical institutions were established with in a period of 12 years. It was found that till 1985-86, not a single general (non-professional) college was established by the Government.But all the private colleges were provided grants-in-aid by the Government.Between 1985-86 and 1995-96, government had established 4 general (Arts, Science and Commerce) colleges particularly in the rural areas and provided grants-in-aid to 3 additional private colleges.Since 1995-96, government has not established any more colleges in the State, but has encouraged private bodies to establish such colleges by providing grants-in-aid to such new colleges. Thus it is clear that unlike many other States, in Goa there are no exclusively private unaided/self-financed general (non-professional) colleges (Arts, Science & Commerce colleges).However, in the recent years many of these aided colleges have introduced several need-based/job-oriented degree/diploma courses on self-financing basis.On the other hand, 50 percent of the professional/technical colleges in the state at present are exclusively unaided/self-financed.All the general (non-professional) colleges are funded by the government (though certain self-financed courses are conducted by some of these colleges) whereas about one-half of the professional/technical colleges are run on self-financing basis.

 

Enrolment in Higher Education

There was continuous increase in enrolment in higher education in Goa during the last two decades.Altogether 11,362 studentswere enrolled in the year 1987-88 and by the year 2006-07, the figure increased to 22,615, nearly double within a span of 18 years.The enrolment in general higher education (non-professional) increased from 8,886 in 1987-88 to 16,122 in 2006-07.The increase was 81 percent over the years.On the other hand, enrolment in professional/technical higher education increased to 6,493 in 2006-07 from 2422 in 1987-88, an increase of 162 percent.The rate of increase in enrolment in professional/technical education was much higher than in the general education streams.Also, it was observed that between 1996-97 and 1999-2000, there was drop in enrolment in the general stream, where as enrolment in professional/technical education increased very sharply during the same period.Moreover, after 1999-2000, there was very steep rise in enrolment in professional/technical courses compared to the general stream courses indicating a growing awareness among the youth about the importance of professional/technical education. Presently nearly 30 percent of the total enrolment in higher education in Goa is in professional/technical courses. Total enrolment in the general stream at the Bachelorís degree level was 9746 in the year 1990-91 .It increased to 14356 by the year 2006-07, an increase of only 47 percent in 16 years. The increase in enrolment during the last 16 years was highest in B.Sc. degree courses (73 percent) followed by 51 percent in B.Com. and 27 percent in B.A.The increase in B.A. degree courses was only marginal during the last 16 years.Moreover, after 1993-94, enrolment in B.A. courses declined significantly.Also, in B.Sc. degree courses, enrolment slightly decreased, but in B.Com. courses, enrolment increased consistently over the past 16 years.Further, it was found that of the total enrolment in the general streams at Bachelorís degree level in 2006-07, 26 percent was in B.A., 18 percent in B.Sc. and 56 percent in B.Com. degree courses. Altogether there were 676 students enrolled in different Masterís degree courses in the year 1987-88 in Goa University.By the year 2006-07, the enrolment increased to 1279, an increase of just 89 percent in 19 years. Enrolment in Goa University fluctuated frequently from year to year.It has been observed that except in M. Sc. degree and professional courses, in many of the M.A. degree courses in the faculties of Languages and Social Sciences, the actual enrolment remained far below the prescribed intake over the years.

 

Gender Gap in Enrolment

Enrolment of male students in higher education (all courses) in 1987-88 was 5997 which constituted 52.8 percent of the total enrolment.On the other hand, enrolment of female students was 5365, i.e. 47.2 percent of the total enrolment in the said academic year.It was observed that during the subsequent years, though enrolment of both the sexes increased significantly, the proportion of male students consistently declined and that of the female students increased.By the year 1993-94, the male-female ratio became 47:53 i.e. the enrolment of girls was higher than that of the boys.By 2006-07, the gender gap in enrolment further widened in favour of the girls and the male-female ratio in enrolment became 42:58, i.e. 42 percent boys and 58 percent girls. In 1987-88, 68 percent of the total enrolments were boys and only 32 percent were girls in professional/technical courses. It was found that in the subsequent years, the gender gap in enrolment was reduced.By the year 2006-07, the proportion of male and female students in the professional/technical courses was equal.However, in all the professional/technical courses the percentage of girls was much higher than that of the boys except in Engineering and Art, in which boys out numbered girls.†† On the other hand, of the total enrolment in non-professional courses in the year 1987-88, 48 percent were boys and nearly 52 percent were girls.†† In the subsequent years, the gender gap further continued to increase in favour of girls and by 2006-07, the male-female enrolment ratio became 39:61. Similar trends were observed in the case of Bachelorís degree courses in Arts, Science and Commerce streams. Male-female ratio in enrolment in B.A. degree courses was 32:68 in the year 1990-91.†† By the year 2006-07, the gender gap further increased to 28:72.In B.Sc. degree courses, male-female enrolment ratio was 46:54 in the year 1990-91.The gap further widened to 39:61 by the year 2006-07.The percentage of boys enrolled in B.Com degree courses was higher (57 percent) than the girls (43 percent) in the year 1990-91.However, the trend reversed by the year 1996-97 and the male-female enrolment ratio became 42:58 in the year 2006-07.Gender gap in enrolment in favour of girls is highest in B.A. degree course followed by in B.Sc. and B.Com. courses respectively.At present, the overall male-female enrolment ratio in the general stream at the Bachelorís degree courses (Arts, Science and Commerce together) is 38:62.†† However, it was foundthat gender gap in enrolment at the Masterís degree courses in Goa University, was in favour of boys during the initial years (between 1987-88 and 1992-93), which reversed in the subsequent years and by the year 2006-07, 63 percent of students were girls and only 37 percent were boys.The findings thus revealed that the girls outnumber the boys at both Bachelorís and Masterís degree courses and in almost all types of professional/technical courses in the State.

 

Appointment of Teachers

In the year 1985-86, there were only 695 teachers in higher education in Goa.The number increased to 1610 by the year 2006-07, an increase of 132 percent within a period of 20 years.Of the 695 teachers, 70 percent were male and only 30 percent were female in the year 1985-86.†† Between 1990-91 and 2006-07, percentage of male teachers declined and that of female increased leading to reduction in gender gap over the years.The male-female ratio of teaches remained at 51:49 in the year 2006-07 i.e. nearly equal percentage of male and female teachers in the higher education sector. In non-professional higher education, 69 percent of the teachers were male and 31 percent female in 1985-86.The gender gap not only reduced over the years but also the male-female ratio got reversed by the year 2006-07.At present the percentage of female teachers is higher than that of male teachers.In professional/technical higher education, only 27 percent were female teachers as against 73 percent male teachers in the year 1985-86.After 1990-91, the percentage of female teachers increased consistently year after year and by 2006-07, male-female ratio of teachers in professional/technical courses was 57:43. In Goa University, there were only 53 teachers in the beginning (1987-88).The number of teachers increased to 145 by the year 2000-01, registering an increase of 174 percent over a period of 13 years.After 2000-01, teacher population in Goa University steadily declined and by the year 2006-07, there were only 115 teachers, since hardly any recruitment was made during the said period.Initially, a meager 11 percent of the teachers were female and 89 percent male.However, over the years the proportion of male teachers declined slowly and that of female teachers increased.In spite of this, in the year 2006-07, male-female ratio of teachers in Goa University was 75:25, still a huge gender gap in favour of male teachers. The findings presented above, indicated that there has been substantial increase in appointment of teachers in higher education in the State.Though two decades ago, there was a huge gap in male-female ratio of teachers, over the years gender gap has been reduced significantly and at present the proportion of male and female teachers is nearly equal, except in P.G. courses in Goa University whereinthe proportion of male teachers is much higher than the female teachers.In fact, in non-professional courses, female teachers outnumber the male teachers.

 

Summary and Conclusions

Expansion of higher education in Goa was very slow during the first two decades in the post-liberation period.But there was rapid growth of general (non-professional) higher education with in the first 10 years of establishment of Goa University and Goa becoming a State.However, the subsequent years witnessed stagnation so far as establishment of non-professional colleges is concerned.On the other hand, the number of professional/technical institutions of higher education increased consistently during the last two decades. There has been substantial increase in number of colleges offering B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. degree courses over the years.Many of the general colleges have introduced several need-based/job-oriented courses on self-financing basis in the recent years.The number of disciplines in which professional/technical courses are offered in Goa has increased to only 17 in 2006-07, from 9 in 1985-86.Facilities for Masterís degree courses are available only in about 33 subjects/disciplines. No masterís degree courses are offered in subjects/disciplines like Physical Education, Library Science, Social Work etc. In Goa there are no exclusively private unaided/self financed general Colleges though many of the aided colleges have introduced job oriented Degree/Diploma courses on self-financing basis.During the last 10 years, a large number of private unaided professional/technical institutions have been established, with fees structure being regulated by the Government/Goa University to ensure that there is no commercialization of education. There has been two-fold increase in enrolment in higher education in the State during the last two decades. The increase in enrolment in professional/technical courses is much higher (162 percent) than in the non-professional courses (81 percent).††† In Goa, 1 student out of every 3 students in higher education is enrolled in professional/technical courses, which is definitely a significant achievement.Goa University recorded a moderate increase (89 percent) in enrolment over the last 20 years, with frequent fluctuations in enrolment from year to year.In Goa, female students have outnumbered the male students in higher education in the recent years.In all the non-professional courses enrolment of girls remained consistently higher than the boys over the last several years.In all the professional courses except in Engineering and Art, percentage of girls is much higher than the boys.Interestingly, every year the proportion of girl students is increasing while that of the boys declining in all types of courses.Goa has achieved tremendous success so far as participation of woman in higher education is concerned. Along with the growth in enrolment of students in higher education, there has been substantial (132 percent) increase in teacher population also over the last 20 years.Initially the proportion of female teachers was very less compared to the male teachers.But over a period of 20 years, the male-female ratio of teaches in higher education became nearly equal.The proportion of male teachers has been continuously declining and that of the female teachers consistently increasingyear after year.At present not only the enrolment of girls is higher than the boys, but also the woman teachers, have outnumbered the male teachers in non-professional higher education courses in Goa.

 

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Govt. of Goa, Directorate of Education. Educational Statistics at a Glance (various years). Govt. of Goa, Panaji.

Govt. of Goa, Directorate of Education. List of Recognised Educational Institutions in Goa (various years). Govt. of Goa,Panaji.

Govt. of Goa, Directorate of Planning, Statistics and Evaluation (2006) Goa at a Glance. Govt. of Goa, Panaji.