Higher education overhaul


In order tobring uniformity in the education system, the HRD Minister of India, Smriti Irani decides to bring some changes.

The HRD ministry has decided to frame guidelines for-

  • common admission,
  • common curriculum,
  • student and faculty mobility
  • national system of credit transfers.

The Ministry has also decided to evolve a national ranking system of central universities. The respective decisions were taken in a two day retreat between the Vice chancellors of Chandigarh and the HRD Minister.

A committee is already working for this. The committee comprises of comprising VCs of central universities of Kerala, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Tripura, Delhi and Pondicherry University. They have already started to frame guidelines as they have been asked to submit a report within a month.

The HRD Ministry feels that a University having 39 campus with seamless mobility of students and teachers, a common curriculum and admissions will be a great foot forward and a good idea to implement. Although, there could be some practical problems during implementation. Faculty from premier universities like DU and JNU may have an issue to move to regions like Motihari. There were issues earlier in 2009 also when the concept of common admission was not grasped easily except the 14 universities.

Committee also extends to VCs of English and foreign languages university, University of Delhi, Central University of Gujarat and JNU, which was specially constituted reaching the national ranking system framework.

Next, a council will also be prepared to identify initiatives to promote research, mobilize resources, develop market-ready manpower and enhance employability. The Council of Industry-Higher Education Collaboration (CIHEC) will address areas of employment. They will work in collaboration with placement cells to make students employment ready. For better counselling, CIHEC will also train the counsellors at the placement cells. They will be given in-house training for skill development and placement co-ordination.

Knowledge Upgradation Centres for Skilled Human Action and Learning (KUSHAL)-
In tune with the new government’s emphasis on employment, 100 Knowledge Upgradation Centres for Skilled Human Action and Learning (KUSHAL) will be established within a year. These Centres will coordinate the entire skill development efforts of higher educational institutions. UGC will frame guidelines on the scheme within a month.

GIAN (Global Initiative for Academic Networks)
Under the new system GIAN (Global Initiative for Academic Networks), universities will provide a list of eminent scholars, researchers from within and outside the country, who they would like to invite in their universities as guest speakers/scholars in residence etc. They have been given one month’s time. Universities have been asked to identify 40 great personalities of India by locating schools/colleges/universities which had the privilege of teaching them. Central Universities have also been asked to complete their National Assessment and Accreditation Council as per time frame given by UGC.


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