Published On: Thu, Mar 24th, 2011

HRD ministry to launch survey on higher education’s state

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he Human Resource Development Ministry will launch for the first time a massive survey on the state of higher education in the country. The National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) will conduct the survey that is likely to be completed in a year’s time. The ministry’s move comes in the wake of inadequate information available on the subject.

“Higher education in the country is plagued by lack of reliable data. It has hampered policy initiatives that need to be taken. For instance, the data on Gross Enrolment Ratio does not get updated properly taking into account the private sector’s increasing intervention in higher education,” an official said.

NUEPA will collect data from all public as well as private institutions. The data will be based on basic profile of institutions like management, affiliation status, courses offered, and income and expenditure of the institutions, besides the data on enrolment and faculty.

“It would give us a real picture of higher education in the country,” the official said. This exercise would be loosely based on the model of survey of elementary education that is carried out by NUEPA every year.

The survey intends to cover all universities, including deemed universities, institutions of national importance and other institutions of university level, general and professional/technical including engineering, medical, dental, veterinary, agriculture, computer, management, law, pharmacy, teacher training, etc. Even colleges and institutions that offer post-secondary education like polytechnics will be included in the survey.

“Once we have the basic data, the plan is to update it annually just the way it is done for elementary education,” the official said.

[Source: Times of India]