Published On: Mon, Nov 21st, 2011

Kapil Sibal reaffirms Govt.’s goal of 30% Gross Enrollment Ratio

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Kapil Sibal on GER

Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development  has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to its ambitious  goal of 30 % Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) by 2020 while speaking at the University-Industry Higher Education Summit organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Gross enrollment ratio is the percentage of school leaving students opting for higher education out of the total number of students passing out of class XII.

Sibal said, ” To achieve the target, the country will need 1,000 more universities and 50,000 colleges to accommodate the 45 million college-ready students by the targeted date.”

He also emphasized the need for skilled work force in the country. “The demand for skilled workers is nine million, but have institutes for only two million. There is gap of seven million in skills alone,” Sibal said.

According to the minister as creating the physical infrastructure for colleges and universities to handle the projected increase in students might take decades, an easier and more efficient way would be use of technology. “By March 2012 we will connect all the 600-plus universities and 31,000 colleges through the national knowledge network. This is the largest such experiment in the world,” Sibal said, adding: “The flow of knowledge through that network will be so enormous that we will require the help of industry.”