Ministry of Human Resource Development had initiated an All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) in 2011 to prepare a sound database on Higher Education in the country. The survey covers all the institutions in the country engaged in imparting the higher education. A rich database has been built from the data collected under AISHE and it is getting updated from the annual data submitted by the institutions.
The visualisation portrays the State/UT wise number of colleges/institutions recognised by the various educational councils and regulatory bodies like University Grants Commission, Indian Nursing Council, National Council of Teacher Education, Rehabilitation Council of India, Medical Council of India, All India Council for Technical Education, Dental Council of India, Council of Architecture, Pharmacy Council of India, Bar Council of India, Central Council of Indian Medicine, Central Council of Homeopathy and Others.
The Top 5 State/UTs having the maximum number of recognised institutions/colleges in 2012-13 were: Maharashtra with 4486 institutions (17.17% of All India total); Karnataka with 3112 institutions (11.91%); Uttar Pradesh with 2846 institutions (10.89%); Tamil Nadu with 2401 institutions (9.19%) and Gujarat with 1860 institutions (7.12%). Thus, these 5 states account for the 56.28% recognised colleges/institutions out of the total such colleges/institutions in India.