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3 November 2015

Educational institutes fail to provide information to rating agencies: Mohandas Pai

Quodsi everti ancillae vim qui lorem persius petentium Educational institutes fail to provide information to rating agencies: Mohandas Pai

New Delhi, Nov 3 (ENA)  Explaining why just two Indian institutes have figured in the list of top 200 of the world’s best universities, Chair of FICCI Higher Education Committee, Mohandas Pai said that most institutions fail to provide the required information to rating agencies.

Speaking to the media following the inauguration of FICCI Higher Education Summit 2015 here today, Pai spoke of their 2013 report on ‘Higher Education in India: Vision 2030’ in which they had articulated an ambitious vision for higher education reform and laid out a roadmap to achieving it.

As per the Vision 2030 aspirations, there were to be 71 million young people in colleges; an increase in gross enrolment ratio (GER) to 50 per cent; and 20 Indian universities were to be listed in the top 200 world’s best universities.

However, the gap analyses revealed  that only 30 million are in colleges; GER increased to just 23 per cent; and only two universities are in the two 200 list, Pai said, attributing  the small number to educational institutions failing to provide information to the rating agencies.

Highlighting the role that states have to play towards transforming higher education, he said that “the scale and complexity of the individual states, calls for a state specific approach to achieving this vision for India.”

Their research indicated that while Tamil Nadu at 46 per cent leads the country in GER, with other southern states not far behind, the eastern states lag behind at 16 per cent.  Northern states such as Rajasthan and Gujarat have a lot of catching up to do, while UP and Bihar remain a major challenge.

In this context, the Earnest and Young-FICCI Index has been developed to foster a healthy competition and promote collaboration among states to achieve the 2030 goals.  It provides an objective current status of higher education in the states/UTs and helps them in defining a roadmap to align their state priorities towards the overall Vision 2030.

The index relatively ranks each state as compared to the best performing state under five parameters – access, equity, relevance and quality, governance and excellence.

Commenting on the index, Education Sector Leader and Partner, Earnest and Young, Nikhil Rajpal said, “Higher education needs to go through transformation and states have to drive the transformation.”

“It provides an objective current status of higher education in the states/UTs and helps them in defining a roadmap to align their state priorities towards the overall vision 2030,” Rajpal added.

To take this forward, Pai said they were organising events in each state.  “We know the problem as well as the solution.  However, the states have to drive the programme.”

The two day summit will come out with some recommendations which will be presented to the government.  (ENA Bureau)

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