Published On: Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011

CII calls for PPP in education

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At the University-Industry Higher Education Summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the industry body appealed to the government to consider the CII has mooted Private Public Partnership (PPP) in education to meet the national deadline. In a clear message to govt.  it said that the govt. must realize that to achieve the ambitious target of 30% gross enrollment ratio 2020 on its own, it would have to partner with private sector. How ever to ensure private participation, all road blocks for its involvement must be removed.

In a paper presented to Planning Commission, CII says that the PPP model, typically employed  in case of  infrastructure projects like ports, highways, airports and railway stations to fast track the development should be employed in education too.  CII explains that reasoning is that education suffers the same problem of inability of most governments to provide the massive funding is applicable in case of higher education where there is ever increasing demand.

CII”s proposal states that the govt. should create a conducive environment and provide incentives to the private sector for setting up institutes for higher learning in collaboration with government bodies. The PPP institutes could be supervised through normal regulatory bodies like the All India Council for Technical Education.

It has also recommended a simplification of the current cumbersome procedural requirements PPP initiatives in education. According to experts lack of transparency, procedural hurdles and delays in approvals are major stumbling blocks for sincere private participation in higher education.

Higher educational institutions unless they have been granted University status can not award degrees and are subject to rules and regulations of affiliating universities as well as regulatory bodies like AICTE discouraging players looking to tap emerging and innovative areas. Several players including reputed foreign universities of repute also find India’s regulatory mechanism obstructive rather than facilitative according to the CII paper.