HRD Ministry releases 5 year vision plan, EQUIP

HRD Ministry releases 5 year vision plan

In accordance with the decision of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the Department of Higher Education of HRD Ministry has finalized and released a five-year vision plan. This vision planned is named Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP). This report has been prepared after a detailed exercise done by the Experts covering the ten areas.

Who accumulated ten areas

The ten expert groups drawn from senior academicians, administrators and industrialists, have suggested more than 50 initiatives that would transform the higher education sector completely.

Goals for higher education sector

  • Double the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education and resolve the geographically and socially skewed access to higher education institutions in India
  • Upgrade the quality of education to global standards
  • Position at least 50 Indian institutions among the top-1000 global universities
  • Introduce governance reforms in higher education for well-administered campuses
  • Accreditation of all institutions as an assurance of quality
  • Promote Research & Innovation ecosystems for positioning India in the Top-3 countries in the world in matters of knowledge creation
  • Double the employability of the students passing out of higher education
  • Harness education technology for expanding the reach and improving pedagogy
  • Promote India as a global study destination
  • Achieve a quantum increase in investment in higher education

For each initiative, the Groups have recommended modalities for implementation, investments and timelines. The proposal would now be taken for inter-departmental consultations and appraisal through the EFC mechanism before being taken to Cabinet for approval.

Ten areas covered under plan

Group NumberGroup FocusChairperson
1Strategies for expanding accessShri Hasmukh Adhia, Chancellor, Central University Gujarat
2Towards global best teaching/learning processDr. K. Kasturirangan, Chancellor, Central University of Rajasthan & former Secretary, Dept of Space; former Chairman – ISRO
3Promoting ExcellenceShri Pawan Goenka, Chairman, BoG, IIT Madras
4Governance reformsProf M S Ananth, Chairman, National Testing Agency (NTA)
5Assessment, Accreditation & Ranking systemsProf Surendra Prasad, former Director, IIT Delhi
6Promotion of research & innovationDr. Vijaya Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to PM
7Employability & entrepreneurshipShri Ajit Balakrishnan, former Chairman, IIM Kolkata
8Using Technology for better reachProf Deepak Pathak, Chairman, NIT Goa & Prof IIT Bombay
9InternationalisationShri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
10Financing higher educationShri. Kris Gopalakrishnan, former CEO, Infosys.

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