Emphasizing that quality of education should not be compromised, Prakash said “If the children are not able to pass with 33 or 45% marks, it means the quality of education in the institution is pretty bad. It may not have adequate infrastructure. It may not be having qualified teachers and such institutions should not be allowed to be in the business”.
The Government has taken very proactive measures for the purpose of ensuring the quality of education, so that the children are not cheated, said Prakash. Higher Education must be made available to the children at an affordable cost, he said, adding “If the child is not able to cope up with the existing institution fees, it must be the responsibility of the state government to see that he is not denied access to higher education for want of money”.
Prakash said the gross enrollment ratio of higher education in our country continues to be lesser than the gross enrollment ratio of developing nations and much lesser than the world average which is 27% and also lesser than the average of the developed nations which happens to be about 52%.
He also said “We are still close to 18% and we need to increase our gross enrollment ratio in the higher education”. The vision of UGC in the 12th-Five-Year Plan is the inclusive and quality expansion of higher education.