Published On: Thu, Feb 2nd, 2012

MHRD proposes to set up Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education

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Acknowledging that research on various aspects of higher education is limited in India, the HRD ministry has proposed the setting up of a Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE).

CPRHE would be an independent autonomous research organization to be registered under the Societies’ Act, but fully and liberally funded by the Central government or the University Grants Commission (UGC). It would be headed by an eminent scholar, and will consist of inter-disciplinary-oriented faculty of about 10 members, drawn from areas such as economics, sociology, philosophy, history, political science and public administration.

The proposal comes in the wake of a large-scale transformation that is expected in the higher education sector in the coming years. “Building a strong, vibrant and sustainable higher education edifice that makes a significant contribution to the national development, requires deep knowledge of the system, how it evolved over the years,” the concept note says, adding that present research in higher education has been lacklustre and lopsided.

CPRHE’s mission is to become a “knowledge warehouse and a cutting-edge centre of research on higher education policy”. Its main objective would be to promote excellence in higher education, ensuring improved access, equity and quality. The Centre would be an inter-disciplinary research unit, but would limit itself to policy, planning and development aspects of higher education.

CPHRE would cover higher education policy analysis, improvement of governance of higher education, dissemination of comprehensive information base and bring out quality publications. It would focus on all kinds of higher education – arts, science, technical and professional. The Centre would also extend support to and promote policy research in higher education by instituting short/medium term visiting fellowship programme and also by giving financial support. It would have tie-ups with national and international organizations.

The Centre is expected to be valuable for the academic community, the policymakers and the society at large in providing deeper understanding on the complexities and challenges that the higher education system faces, and on the reforms required to tide over the inadequacies.

(source: Times of India)