Published On: Thu, May 6th, 2010

Manmohan Singh: Innovation Universities to be landmark in Higher Education Expansion

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Higher education could witness a significant change thanks to the Human Resource Department (HRD) Ministry’s plan for 14 innovation universities of world-class standards.

The idea was given further impetus by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Speaking at the 150th anniversary of the University of Mumbai, one of the country’s oldest universities, he said, “This expansion is going to be a landmark in expanding access to high-quality education across the country.”

The establishment of these universities is a part of the XIth five-year (2007-2012) plan. The Prime Minister has said that the UGC and the Planning Commission have already begun work on setting up these central universities.

“These universities should focus on international standards of excellence and be rated among the top institutions in the world. They must become the launching pads for our entry into the knowledge economy,” said Singh.

According to the proposal, admissions to undergraduate classes in these universities will be established through public private partnership, and will meet international standards.

The top 20 percent of students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels will be provided scholarships by the university. Candidates for the post of vice chancellor,for the universities, which are expected to set new standards in higher education either in academics or autonomy,
will also go through a rigorous selection process.