The government of India has decided to review the various initiatives it has taken during past four years for the higher education system. The President of India and the Prime Minister would themselves review functioning of all the centrally funded institutions, particularly central universities.
According to Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) officials, the President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will review the bottlenecks in infrastructure, research, curricula and teachers crunch in central universities.
“Both the high offices of Indian government may put in place a mechanism to improve their interface with the central universities. The quality of our current education system leaves much to be desired. During the 12th Plan (2012-17), the focus is on quality, the review meeting will dwell on it in detail,” said an official of the MHRD, reported Live Mint.
Government is worried that even after four years of bringing various changes in the higher education system very little is visible.
“Apart from the fact that none of the Indian institutions ranked are in the top 200, interestingly, no university finds a place in these rankings. In such a structure, quality enhancement can only be brought about by reducing the burden at the university level and giving greater autonomy and accountability,” says an MHRD document.