The number of students enrolling for higher education in India saw a marginal 0.7 per cent increase in 2016-17, according to a government survey released on Friday.

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar released the survey here. It said the gross enrolment ratio (GER) in higher education had gone up 25.2 per cent in 2016-17 from 24.5 per cent in 2015-16.

The country has set an aggressive target of achieving 30 per cent GER in higher education by 2020. GER is the total enrolment in higher education among the population in the age group of 18-23.

According to the survey, the number of universities in the country rose to 864 last year as compared to 799 in 2015-16.

Tamil Nadu had the highest GER in the country at 46.9 per cent. Bihar is at the bottom with 14.9 per cent of its youth in the age group of 18 to 23 enrolling for higher education.