HRD Minister & 39 VCs to draw a new vision for higher education

By Vidhya Shree

HRD Minister & 39 VCs to draw a new vision

Smriti Irani, the HRD Minister, will have a meeting with the vice-chancellors of 39 central universities in Chandigarh for 2 days. The meeting is to be held on September 12 & 13, to discuss the ministry's new vision on higher education and its future plans.

Irani earlier had similar interactions with directors of IITs and IIMs. The ministry is likely to stress on the factor of synergy between higher education and school education.

One of the key points to be discussed will be the report for a single legislation to govern all central universities. This report was unanimously criticised within the HRD minitry last year. The ministry will also talk about the need to get accreditation from NAAC.

The retreat will see Irani insist on time-bound implementation of new government's emphasis on technology-enabled higher education. In this regard, implementation of SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) programme is high on priority. Under this scheme to be launched on September 25, professors of IITs/IIMs and central universities will offer online courses free.

National E-Library platform will also be discussed with VCs. Top class content from institutions such as NCERT, CBSE, IITs, IIMs and other central universities will be hosted on this platform.

Also, on the agenda will be the ministry's new UNITE (University Network Initiative to Enhance Education) programme that proposes to make 20 classrooms in 21,000 colleges wi-fi enabled and give 600 universities a full-campus wi-fi Local Area Network.

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