Published On: Mon, Dec 19th, 2011

UGC chief, Prof. Ved Prakash asks for 1.8 lakh cr. allocation in 12th five year plan

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UGC Chairman, Prof. Ved Prakash

Prof. Ved Prakash

More than one million additional students are expected to join the various universities every year across the country and the ministry of human resources and the University Grants Commission are working to set up better infrastructure and focus on quality education, said Ved Prakash, UGC chairman while speaking as the chief guest at the 60th convocation of Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda.

Prof. Ved Prakash said, a substantial increase in the government funding of the higher education is required for ‘quality expansion’ in higher education. “The government should realize the limitations of the private sector and strengthen higher education in areas which are very vital in improving nation’s competitiveness through fundamental research,” he said. He also said “austerity measures” in higher education had taken a heavy toll on the quality, and these trends in funding should be reversed; public funding for higher education should be increased substantially.

He asked for an allocation of Rs. 1,84,784 crore in the 12th Five-Year Plan. The allocation is more than four times from Rs 46,632 crore in the 11th Five-year Plan, the UGC chairman said.

“We are preparing a document and the UGC would be entrusted with the task of revisiting existing schemes and programs and identify the constraints. It (UGC) will then come up with new programs that can be integrated into the new 12th Five Year Plan,” Ved Prakash said.

The thrust of the 12th five year plan is excellence and equity-driven expansion of the higher education said Prof. Prakash. He also informed that UGC has chalked out an ambitious plan for improvement of the higher education.

  • Arup Barman

    As a stakeholders, let Indian education should get extended budget for its innovation. But UGC should strictly monitor the process of innovation of education at institute level. The fund goes somewhere at institute level, it may not go to innovation in real sense. Thus, if it percolates to learners skills and employability, institutional administrative innovation, and social development.

    Dr. Arup Barman,
    (M.Com, PGDipT&D, Ph.D, Post Doc, FISBM, AMT(AIMA),
    F-IRATDE, Germany), FCE (Consortium Euro American)
    Deptt. of Business Administration,
    Assam University, Silchar-788011