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Higher Education

Mr. Ashok Thakur

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To realize India's human resource potential to its fullest in the higher education sector, with equity and excellence.


  1. Provide greater opportunities of access to higher education with equity to all the eligible persons and in particular to the vulnerable sections. 
  2. Expand access by supporting existing institutions, establishing new institutions, supporting State Governments and Non-Government Organizations / civil society to supplement public efforts aimed at removing regional or other imbalances that exist at present. 
  3. Initiate policies and programmes for strengthening research and innovations and encourage institutions – public or private -- to engage in stretching the frontiers of knowledge. 
  4. Promote the quality of higher education by investing in infrastructure and faculty, promoting academic reforms, improving governance and institutional restructuring towards the inclusion of the hitherto deprived communities

The Department of Higher Education is responsible for the overall development of the basic infrastructure of Higher Education sector. Under a planned development process, the Department looks after the expansion of access and qualitative improvement in the Higher Education, through world class Universities, Colleges and other Institutions.

  1. Access, Participation and Expansion • To expand the higher education sector in all its modes of delivery to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education by 10 million during the XII Plan. • To expand institutional base of hig her education (including technical professional and vocational education) by creating additional capacity in existing institutions, establishing new institutions and incentivising state governments and Non-Governmental Organizations / civil society.
  2. Equity and Inclusion (i)To provide opportunities of higher education to socially deprived communities and remove disparities by promoting the inclusion of women, minorities and differently abled persons. (ii)To remove regional imbalances in access to higher education by setting up of institutions in unserved and underserved areas.
  3. Quality Enhancement (i)To enhance plan support for infrastructure and faculty development in the institutions of higher learning and to attract talent towards careers in teaching and research. (ii)To create conditions for knowledge generation through improved research facilities in universities and colleges. (iii)Consolidation and strengthening of State Institutions. (iv)To promote collaboration with International community, foreign governments, universities/institutions and regional and international organizations, for the advancement of universal knowledge and intellectual property rights. (v)To promote development of Indian languages
  4. Research & Innovation
  5. Governance Reforms and Leadership. (i)To promote autonomy, innovation and academic reforms in institutions of higher learning. (ii)To undertake institutional restructuring for improving efficiency, relevance and creativity in higher education. (iii) Ensuring compliance to the Financial Accountability Framework
  6. Globalization Reforms in Higher Educational Sector Convergence of interdisciplinary studies-research & innovation Better governance Internationalization of Education
  7. Efficient functioning of the RFD System Improving Internal efficiency/Responsiveness/Transparency/Service delivery of Ministry/Department
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
1. Enhancing enrolment and widening Participation NUEPA, UGC, AICTE and Educational Institutions Increase in Enrolment Capacity and expansion of PG and Doctoral Programmes %          
2. Improving Academic Quality of Higher Education RUSA, UGC, AICTE and Educational Institutions % of Educational Intuitions fully accredited %          
    % of Educational Intuitions fully compliant with National Standards for Accreditation %          
    Average rating assigned by the National accreditation bodies %          
3. Promote Research and Innovation NUEPA, UGC, AICTE and Educational Institutions  Promotion of Research and Innovation Date          
    Establishment of Centres of Excellence in frontier areas of Research Date          
    Review of Doctoral Education with the view to safeguard credibility of PHD’s Date          
    Creating a system for Research Evaluation and Establishment of a Center for Research Evaluation Date          
    Finalization to the Cabinet Note subsequent to the PSC report Date          
4. Promote Equity in Access Ministry of Social Justice, Ministry of Tribal Affairs Ministry of Miniriots Affairs, JNU and UGC, % of differently-abled persons enrolled in Higher Education %          
    % of persons belonging to OBCs and minorities enrolled in Higher Education %        



    % of persons belonging to SCs/STs enrolled in Higher Education %          
5. Governance Reforms   Setting up of a Centre for Policy Research and Leadership Development in Higher Education Date          
    Setting up of the Council for Industry Academia Collaboration Date          
    Release of Statistics of Higher and Technical Education for 2011-12 based on AISHE. Date          
    Release of “Education at a Glance 2013”  Date          
    Adoption of GRIHA compliant Master Plans %          
    Percentage of ATNs submitted within due date (4 months) from date of presentation of Report to Parliament by CAG during the year. %          
    Percentage of outstanding ATNs disposed off during the year. %          
    Percentage of outstanding ATNs disposed off during the year. %          
    Setting up of a Centre for Policy Research and Leadership Development in Higher Education Date          
6. Globalization International collaboration USA, Canada, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Follow up of action points Date          
    Strategy papers Date          
    Operationalising the helpline Date          


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