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Demand for Reforms in Higher Education: Parliamentary Committee

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Demand for Reforms in Higher Education: Parliamentary Committee

Recently, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports has demanded reforms in higher education.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee has reviewed education standards, accreditation process, research, examination reforms etc.

The higher education system in India is one of the largest higher education systems in the world. There are about 55,000 higher education institutions here. About 3.85 crore students are enrolled in these. The Gross Enrollment Rate in Higher Education in India is 27.1% (2019-20).

Key Comments

  • Only 30% universities and 20% colleges are in the accreditation system. The accreditation system is the standardization process for creating minimum standards.
  • Many deemed universities have started open distance education courses to earn money fast. This weakens the work of qualitative research.
  • Many state universities have failed to keep the evaluation going smoothly on a regular basis. Often big cases like question paper leaks and copying have been registered.

Key Recommendations

  • Institutions should be encouraged to come under the accreditation system. Norms should be defined for the frequency and duration of accreditation.
  • The examination management qualifications of the institution should also be considered in the accreditation process.
  • Education should be treated at par with infrastructure. Also, they should be provided with loans and funds for a longer period.
  • Collective system should be adopted in higher education by sharing resources like libraries, infrastructure etc.
  • International cooperation (student exchange, teacher exchange etc.) should be promoted.
  • Donations and community contributions to higher education institutions should be encouraged.

Source – The Hindu

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