HRD ministry releases 5-year vision plan ‘EQUIP’ to transform higher education

In a bid to transform the higher education sector in the country, the Ministry of Human Resource Development on Friday released an ambitious five-year vision plan. The report has been termed as Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP), which will be taken to the Cabinet for approval after inter-departmental consultations. This is in accordance with the decision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for finalizing a five-year vision plan for each Ministry, an official statement said.

How was the EQUIP vision plan prepared?

For the preparation of the report, 10 groups led by experts — former Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, Principal Scientific Advisor K Vijay Raghavan, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Pant, former Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan and founder Ajit Balakrishnan — suggested more than 50 initiatives that would transform the higher education sector completely and would make it more accessible.

This report has been prepared after a detailed exercise done by the experts covering the following ten areas —

  • strategies for expanding access
  • towards global best teaching/learning process
  • promoting excellence
  • governance reforms
  • assessment
  • accreditation and ranking systems
  • promotion of research and innovation
  • employability and entrepreneurship
  • using technology for better reach and internationalisation
  • financing higher education

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Suggestions to transform higher education

The groups of ten experts drawn from senior academicians, administrators and industrialists have suggested more than 50 initiatives that would transform the higher education sector completely.

Here are some of the initiative suggested to transform the higher education sector as per the HRD Ministry:

  • recommendations to double the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education
  • position at least 50 Indian institutions among the top-1000 global universities
  • introduce governance reforms in higher education for well-administered campuses
  • promote research and innovation ecosystems for positioning India in the top three countries in the world
  • It also offers suggestions to double the employability of students passing out of higher education
  • harness education technology for expanding the reach and improving pedagogy
  • promote India as a global study destination
  • achieve a quantum increase in investment in higher education

“For each initiative, the groups have recommended modalities for implementation, investments and timelines. The proposal would now be taken up for inter-departmental consultations and appraisal before being taken to the Cabinet for approval,” it added.

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