Bangalore: The government will soon give a framework to rank and rate higher-education institutions and universities in the state of Karnataka. This decision comes in the wake of a directive from the Union Ministry of Human Resources.
On Monday, higher education minister, R. V. Deshpande held a meeting with vice-chancellors of state universities and experts from various fields to discuss the issue.
"In my opinion, we need to develop an alternate university assessment and rating system to know where our higher education institutions stand within the state. While doing so, we need to look at parameters relevant to our Indian university system," said the minister in the meeting.
The rating of the institutions will be done every year, once the higher education department comes out with the parameters for assessment and rating.
According to those who were part of the meeting, the main parameters which will be taken into consideration are academic excellence, quality education, employer reputation, teacher-student ratio. Other factors include number of publication and citations of faculty and number of international faculty and students in the campus.
Deshpande quoted, "Karnataka deserves to be the leader in higher education in India. It is in this context that we need to evolve our own university and college ranking system so that it can be emulated by the rest of India."
According to him, there are 924 higher education institutions in Bangalore, which is the highest in the country, followed by Hyderabad having 533 institutes, Pune 470 and Jaipur 244.
The points that R. V. Deshpande made at the meeting:
In 2011-12, the national gross enrollment ratio (GER) was 20.4%, while the GER in Karnataka was about 25%.
There are about 25 colleges in India for a population of one lakh, while Karnataka has 44 colleges. Karnataka being the third highest in the country next only to Puducherry with 64 and Andhra Pradesh with 48 colleges.
Karnataka, as a result, has an average enrollment of 384 students per college while states like Jharkand have about 2,344 students per college.
For India, the Gender Parity Index (GPI) is 0.88 while for Karnataka it is slightly higher with 0.90.
And also Karnataka has the highest number of government and government aided institutions among all the states of the country.