How higher ed­u­ca­tion will change

India Today - - COVER STORY -

By 2030, all higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions will de­velop into one of three types— re­search univer­si­ties, teach­ing univer­si­ties and col­leges. There will be no sin­gle-dis­ci­pline univer­si­ties; even pro­fes­sional in­sti­tu­tions will have to be mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary

By 2032, all three types of higher

ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes will be able to grant their own de­grees; col­leges will no longer be af­fil­i­ated to univer­si­ties

Mis­sion Na­landa will en­sure that, by 2030, there are at least 100 re­search and 500 teach­ing univer­si­ties eq­ui­tably dis­trib­uted across all re­gions. Mis­sion Tak­shashila will en­sure at least one high-quality higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tute is es­tab­lished in or close to every dis­trict in In­dia

A four-year bach­e­lor’s de­gree in lib­eral

ed­u­ca­tion with a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ap­proach will be launched; the tra­di­tional three-year un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees will re­main, but will also move to­ward a lib­eral ed­u­ca­tion ap­proach. There will be mul­ti­ple en­try and exit op­tions dur­ing the course of the de­gree

Stu­dents will be al­lowed to choose sub­ject

com­bi­na­tions across streams, in­clud­ing pro­fes­sional and vo­ca­tional op­tions—for in­stance, a stu­dent will be able to opt for physics along with his­tory

Ad­mis­sion to all un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes

at pub­lic univer­si­ties and col­leges will be through a com­puter-based, com­mon mod­u­lar en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion, con­ducted by the Na­tional Test­ing Agency, held mul­ti­ple times a year in var­i­ous lan­guages

A Na­tional Re­search Foundation will be set up to grant fund­ing for out­stand­ing re­search

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