The Government of India recently established a committee to suggest ways to improve the strength of students staying and studying in India.
This committee will also address the issues of students who have returned to India without completing their program due to the corona virus pandemic.
While holding a session regarding the formation of the committee, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said – “These issues require a thorough understanding of their present and future educational requirements and career plans which need to be addressed appropriately with timely interventions. Each of the above situations present different sets of prospects and challenges.”
The meeting was attended by many senior officials and heads of Technical organizations of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
Solutions In Mind For Students
During the year 2019, around 7.5 lakh students went outside India to pursue their studies in various subjects and because of this valuable foreign exchange moved out of the country as well as many bright students moved abroad, as stated by Mr. Pokhriyal in the meeting.
He further added- “We should make all efforts to help bright students to pursue their education in India. Also, as per this government’s manifesto we have to increase seat capacity by 50% in all premier institutions by year 2024 and also Institutes of Eminence should be increased to 50 by 2024.”
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman DP Singh suggested that creating more twinning programs, dual degrees and ensuring proper research facilities would help students who wish to return back to India.
A proper report will be drafted by AICTE stating the measures to be taken after studying the whole scenario, AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe said.
The “Stay In India Study In India” plan
The UGC chairman who will head the committee will prepare guidelines to ensure that more students stay here for study in India.
The guidelines will include that start of multidisciplinary and innovative, twinning and joint degree programs, cross country designing of centres, facilitating joint degree ventures and lateral entry to Indian Higher Educational Institutions.
Members of the meeting have decided to formulate sub-committees consisting of Directors of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), CoA and Vice Chancellors of Central Universities who will assist the Chairpersons of UGC and AICTE.
The committee will submit its report in a span of 14 days.