In 2015, Government put efforts in bringing out a New Education Policy, which is being framed after a gap of a whopping 23 years. Some of the major efforts taken-up by the ministry can be pointed as:

Imprint India was released on 5th November 2015; aimed at directing research in the premier institutions into areas of social relevance. Global Initiative for Academics Network (GIAN) was launched as an initiative to attract the best foreign academics to Indian Universities of Excellence.

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has been launched on 29th September 2015. It evaluates each higher education institution on 5 broad parameters namely teaching/learning resources, research, graduation outcomes, outreach/inclusive nature and the public perception. Indian MOOC platform, SWAYAM will be available on all kinds of subjects. It is e-education platform which proposes to offer courses from the high school stage to post-graduate stage in an interactive electronic platform.

Launch of the Credit framework for Skills and Education as per the National Skills Qualification framework paving the way for certification of skills through the formal system and allowing for multiple exits. Launch of the Know Your College portal is to provide informed decision making opportunity for students along with complete availability of all e-learning resources. New start-up parks / research parks would be set up this year with the coordination of DST; covering all the IITs, NITs and some IIITs/Central Universities. Unnat Bharat Abhiyan was launched for connecting higher education and society to enable technology and its use for development of rural areas.

The report concludes as; department of higher education is engaged in establishing world class institutes of learning and providing ample opportunities for research and skill development to ensure that we create the world’s largest workforce.

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