Experts from the leading international universities like Cambridge, MIT, Pennsylvania have been roped in by the Union HRD ministry to re-design the syllabus of the higher education institutes in the country. The point of roping in such experts is to internationalize the syllabus and improve the quality of education in the country.
The Union HRD minister Smriti Irani made announcement at the launch of 10 new projects in different states under Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) that various international institutes of repute such as University of Edinburgh, MIT, Cambridge, University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, University of Washington and University of Georgia etc. These institutes will re-design and upgrade the social sciences, sciences, mathematics and engineering curriculum in the higher education institutes of the country.
Talking about the plans Irani said, “The government of India has been in touch with some international faculty and academicians and institutions who shall through RUSA, a national higher education mission, help states internationalize their curriculum in order to benefit their students.” While addressing the press after inaugurating the 10 projects under RUSA she interacted with the students though tele-conferencing. She also announced a ‘logo-designing’ competition and asked interested students to design a logo with acronym related to aspiration of students. The winning entries will get a free study tour abroad, the announcement of which will be made on 15 August 2016.
In order to make students prepared to deal with stress during the higher studies, the HRD minister also said that it is making provisions of counselors at the higher education institutes. Grievances related to fellowships are also being addressed faster within 28 days, which was earlier 175 days, creating much trouble for the students.