New Delhi: India’s education sector is on the verge of major expansion with plans of 30 universities with world-class standards and infrastructure being envisioned in the 11th Plan.
The action plan prepared by the University Grants Commission envisages an increase in the gross enrolment ratio (GER), with percentage of youth in the age group of 18-23 in higher education going up from the current 10% to 15% by 2012.
“To achieve 15% GER by 2012, we have to increase available facilities accordingly. Plans are afoot also to set up 370 colleges in districts where the GER is lower than the all-India average,” UGC chairman Prof Sukhadeo Thorat told PTI.
For the proposed 16 Central universities, a concept paper and draft bill has been ready, he said. Similarly for the 14 world class universities, a committee has been set up to prepare the same.
Detailed project reports for the proposed 370 colleges are in the final stage. Special development grants will be provided to these institutions, he said.
The UGC has earmarked Rs870 crore for expanding the infrastructure in the existing over 20 Central universities for implementing 27% OBC quota, which has been given the go-ahead by the Supreme Court.
This initiative assumes significance in view of the Knowledge Commission saying that there is need to set up 1500 universities to make India a knowledge society.