Department of Higher Education:

The Department of Higher Education, MoE, is responsible for the overall development of the basic infrastructure of Higher Education sector, both in terms of policy and planning. Under a planned development process, the Department looks after expansion of access and qualitative improvement in the Higher Education, through world class Universities, Colleges and other Institutions.

The importance of Higher Education is indisputable in the scheme of things that represent India to the world. In order to establish India as a knowledge‐based society of 21st Century, Higher Education can prove to be an important tool.

In this regard, the Department of Higher Education, MoE, has adopted a framework of policy initiatives, which include:

  • Improvement of access along with equity and excellence
  • Adoption of State‐specific strategies
  • Enhancing relevance of H.E. through curriculum reforms
  • Reforms in governance structures

The main objectives of the Deptt of HE are:

  1. Access, Participation and Expansion
  • To increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Higher Education to 15% by 2011‐12 and to 21% by the XIIth Five‐Year Plan.
  • To expand institutional base in technical, professional and vocational education by creating additional capacity in existing institutions and establishing new ones.
  1. Equity and Inclusion
  • To remove disparities between communities, social strata and genders by providing opportunities of Higher Education to deprived sections.
  • Setting up institutions in uncovered areas to remove regional imbalances
  1. Quality Enhancement
  • To increase plan support for infrastructure and faculty development in the institutions of higher learning
  • To attract fresh talent into careers in teaching and research in education
  • To improve research facilities in Universities and Colleges
  • To promote collaboration with international community, foreign governments and institutions, etc
  • To promote development of Indian languages
  1. Reforms in Governance
  • To promote autonomy and academic reforms in institutions of higher learning
  • To initiate institutional restructuring for improved efficiency, relevance and creativity in Higher Education.


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