The Centre is having discussions to increase the number of seats in all premier institutions by 50% by 2024 and w the number of institutions under Institutes of Eminence programme to 50, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Friday.
The HRD minister conducted a meeting of top officials and said that a committee is set up under UGC chief D P Singh to give suggestions on retaining Indian students in the country’s institutions. The panel is asked to give its report within a day.
“Also, as per this government’s manifesto we have to increase seat capacity by 50% in all premier institutions by the year 2024, and also Institutes of Eminence should be increased to 50 by 2024,” Nishank Shared.
According to the present situation, an increasing number of intakes and a number of IoEs is a difficulty to make practical. Increasing seat capacity by 50% in all premier institutions need more financial aid. The ministry has decided in giving the IoE status to 20 institutions like ten to public and ten to the private sector. The HRD ministry must get a nod of the Union Cabinet if he wants to increase the number of IoEs.
The ministry is working with the vision that the IoE program will help in achieving world-class institutions. Nishank also reveals that the HRD ministry is having a discussion for a series of ways to control the outflow of Indian students to foreign countries for education.
Nishank shared that he had also discussed with the ministry regarding concerns of students returning from abroad by supporting them to complete their program here in India.
“I have also asked the Chairman of UGC to head a committee to prepare guidelines and measures to ensure that more and more students study in India and come out with a mechanism to increase students’ intake in well-performing institutions,” said Nishank.
It is observed that a lot of Indian students who plan to migrates to foreign study destinations may change their plans in a COVID-19 academic year.
According to reports around 7.5 lakh, students traveled abroad to pursue studies taking valuable foreign exchange with them last year.
Higher Education Amit Khare said the reasons are many and we should take every necessary solution possible to solve the issues and must attract international students to India under our Study in India program.
Separate sub Committees including Directors of IIT, NIT, IIIT, CoA, and Vice Chancellors of Central Universities will be created who will assist Chairman UGC and Chairman AICTE. Chairman NTA and Chairman CBSE and others will also be added in. Major other decisions taken during the meeting were adopting a mechanism for increasing intake in major universities. Measures will also be taken for starting Multi-disciplinary and innovative programs, twinning and joint degree programs, Cross Country designing of centers, facilitating online lectures by eminent faculty abroad, the linkage between academia and industry, facilitate Joint degree ventures and lateral entry to higher education Institutions.