CII conceptualized the creation of a national-level picture of states’ initiatives in higher education in partnership with the Planning Commission (Now Niti Aayog) in 2012. Given the diversity of regulations and schemes followed in each state as far as higher education was concerned, it was decided to prepare a national-level report which would give snapshots of every state’s initiatives in higher education. The sixth edition of ASHE released on 8th December, considers data from various sources. The base data of the report is taken from All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE) which is conducted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) every year. Also, data from the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and agencies such as the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) and the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) is considered in this comprehensive report that gives a macro view along with a qualitative analysis of the latest trends in higher education in the country. Deloitte is the partner in this report for the fifth year in a row.