Initiatives and Achievements of Ministry of Human Resource Development in Higher Education

The Government had initiated the process of formulating a New Education Policy(NEP). The Ministry has already formulated ‘Some Inputs for the Draft National Education Policy, 2016’ on which comments/suggestions were invited from the Government of India Ministries, State Government, Hon’ble Members of Parliament and other stakeholders up to 30th September, 2016. A Committee under an eminent educationist is being contemplated to prepare final draft NEP.  Several new institutions have been started during the year: 6 new IITs, 7 new IIMs, 1 new NIT, 2 new IISERs, 8 new IIITs are all fully operationalised.

IMPRINT INDIA was released on 5th November 2015; aimed at directing research in the premier institutions into areas of social relevance. More than 2600 research proposals have been submitted by scientists in the priority area of these domains. These have been examined by eminent scientists and 892 proposals have been shortlisted for consideration and 259 proposals for Rs. 595.89 Cr have been approved for implementation.

Global Initiative for Academics Network (GIAN) was launched as an initiative to attract the best foreign academics to Indian Universities of Excellence. Under GIAN, so far 780 courses have been approved, of which 503 courses have been completed. This is the biggest ever collaboration with the foreign academics in the Country in a period of one year.

Under the Uchhatar Avishkar Yojana (UAY), it is proposed to invest Rs. 250 crores every year on identified projects proposed by IITs, provided the Industry contributes 25% of the project cost. For the year 2016-17, (92) projects for Rs. 285.15 Cr have been approved for implementation.

National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has been launched on 29th September 2015 which evaluates each higher education institution on 5 broad parameters namely teaching/learning resources, research, graduation outcomes, outreach/inclusive nature and the public perception. There has been a good response for the initiative: 5000 institutions registered, of which 3640 logged in complete data through and self reporting exercise. The India Rankings 2016, released on 4th April 2016, is one of the biggest efforts for brining in accountability and transparency in the higher educational institutions. The effort has continued into the second edition with improvised metrics and the India Rankings-2017 would be declared on 3rd April 2017.

The SWAYAM PRABHA has been conceived as the project for telecasting high quality educational programmes through 32 DTH channels on 24X7 basis. The DTH Channels will cover curriculum based course contents covering diverse disciplines such as arts, science, commerce, performing arts, social sciences and humanities subjects, engineering, technology, law, medicine, agriculture etc. in higher education domain.

SWAYAM is an indigenous IT Platform for hosting the MOOCs with a capacity to revolutionize the education system by providing best quality education covering all the subjects and courses being taught in the high schools, colleges and universities in the Country using the IT system to the students even in the remotest corner of the Country. Microsoft has been entrusted with the responsibility for creating the IT platform. Beta (β) Version of SWAYAM Portal has been launched on 15.08.2016. These e-learning course being prepared under National MOOCs coordinating bodies such as NPTEL, CEC, UGC, IGNOU, NCERT and NIOS.

Pursuant to the Honorable Prime Minister’s appeal to youth in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ for creating awareness among people about digital economy and cashless modes of transactions, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar launched ‘Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan’ (VISAKA) on 1st December 2016.

Read the press release here.