HRD Ministry would convene a meeting with all the state education ministers and secretaries on 6 January 2015 to discuss about the reforms that could be taken into account in the education sector nationwide. The decision about the discussion between the state education ministers and secretaries has been taken by HRD Minister Smriti Irani and this came out during the Lok Sabha question answer period.
The government has started working on the direction and has appointed committees to review the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The Review committee which is going to review UGC is chaired by Prof. Hari Gautam, who is a former chairman of UGC. The committee was created way back in July and it would look into the restructuring of the UGC which regulates the overall higher education system in the country. UGC at present has no mechanism to control or regulate the instructions and enforce agreement with it. The AICTE would be reviewed by a committee chaired by M.K. Kaw who is a former secretary at HRD Ministry.
The HRD Minister would also discuss about the shortage of teachers in various universities with the state education ministers. The government is also planning to launch a new scheme which would train teachers. A national ranking of the universities is also on the cards of the HRD Minister which would soon be raveled. The International rankings according to her couldn’t be the yardstick for success of any university and there should be evaluation and ranking on the national level.
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