New Delhi: Efforts are on for uniform declaration of results at the university level by July-August every year so that students seeking higher education do not face hurdles.
This is part of Centre’s initiative to embark on a massive expansion of higher education avenues in the XIth Plan period for which an outlay of Rs85,000 crore has been earmarked.
“The University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to all Universities to declare results by July-August so that the students are benefited at the admission period,” UGC Chairman Sukhdeo Thorat told reporters at the Social Editors Conference here Tuesday.
He was answering a volley of questions on the uniform calendar and syllabus at the universities in the country.
Observing that the Supreme Court had asked the UGC to frame guidelines on the uniform calendar, he said the UGC had asked the Universities to declare results between July and August for the benefit of students desiring to pursue higher studies.
K.M. Acharya, Special Secretary in charge of Higher Education in the Human Resource Development Ministry, said there was no proposal for a uniform date for conduct of university examinations.
Replying to a question, Acharya said a review of UGC and AICTE was very much on cards to make them more effective.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said recently that the role and functions of UGC, AICTE and MCI needed to be reviewed in the context of the large number of changes that have taken place in higher, professional and technical education in the country.
Replying to a question on National Knowledge Commission’s suggestion for a single regulatory body in place of UGC, Thorat said the “NKC has a number of new ideas which needed to be examined lot more thoroughly before we put them into operation”.
Elaborating on the new initiatives in the XIth Plan period, Acharya said the government proposed to establish eight new IITs of which the process for setting up three IITs in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan was already underway.
Of the seven new IIMs proposed to be established, the first one at Shillong would start functioning from the next academic session, he said.
While a new Indian Institute of Science Education and Research at Mohali has already started functioning, two more would come up soon in Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram, he said.
Acharya also dismissed a suggestion that IIT, Mumbai was unable to pay salaries to its faculty, saying there was no such crisis and the government was taking care of them.
On the elementary education front, A.K. Rath, Secretary, School Education and Literacy, said the target for XIth Plan was to achieve 80% literacy rate and reduction in gender gap in literacy to 10%.
Lauding the flagship programmes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Mid-Day Meal, he said efforts would also be made to provide good quality secondary education to students.
Thrust would be laid on universal access of secondary level education to students in the age group of 15-16 years by 2015 and setting up of 6,000 model schools on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas in every blocks in the country, he said.