Union Minister for HRD holds a brainstorming session regarding “Stay in India and Study in India.”
Chairman UGC to head the Committee for preparing guidelines and measures to ensure more and more students stay in India and study in India; Committee to submit a report in a fortnight.
Union Minister for HRD Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ held a brainstorming session regarding “Stay in India and Study in India” with senior officials and Heads of Autonomous/Technical Organisations concerned of MHRD in New Delhi today. MoS for HRD Shri Sanjay Dhotre was also present on occasion. Secretary, Higher Education, Shri Amit Khare, Chairman, UGC, Shri D.P. Singh, Chairman, AICTE, Shri Anil Sahasrabudhe, Joint Secretary (ICC), Smt. Neeta Prasad and Secretary-General, AIU, Smt. Pankaj Mittal participated in the meeting.
While giving his opening remarks, Shri Pokhriyal said that because of the COVID-19 situation, many students who wanted to pursue studies abroad have decided to stay back in India and continue their studies within India. He said that there are also rising numbers of Indian students returning to India with concern about completing their studies. He emphasized that the Ministry of HRD should make all efforts to look into the needs of both these categories of students. He said that this situation is presenting two critical issues of concern:
- 1. Addressing the needs of students aspiring to go abroad
Initiatives needed to retain them by providing appropriate opportunities for education in premier institutions in India
- Addressing the concerns of students returning from abroad
Supporting these students to complete their programme. These issues require a thorough understanding of their present and future educational requirements and career plans, which need to be addressed appropriately with timely interventions. Each of the above situations presents different sets of prospects and challenges, he added.
The Minister also said that during the year 2019, around 7 lakh 50 thousand students traveled abroad to pursue their studies, and because of this, the valuable foreign exchange moved out of India as well as many bright students moved abroad. He said that we should make all efforts to help bright students to pursue their education in India. Also, as per this government’s manifesto, we have to increase seat capacity by 50% in all premier institutions by 2024, and Institutes of Eminence should be increased to 50 by 2024.
Speaking on occasion Shri Sanjay Dhotre said that we need to understand the root cause why students are going abroad and should try to address these issues. He suggested that adequate infrastructure should be created in India in the institutions so that students can stay in India for their higher studies.
Secretary, Higher Education Shri Amit Khare said that the root causes are many. We should take every step to address the issues and attract international students to India under our Study in India programme.
Chairman, UGC Shri D.P. Singh said that we should create more twinning programs and dual degrees and ensure that that proper research facility should be created for students who want to return to India.
Chairman, AICTE, Shri Anil Sahasrabudhe said that AICTE would soon come out with a white paper regarding measures to be taken after studying the entire scenario.
The following decisions were taken in the meeting:
- Chairman UGC will head a committee to prepare guidelines and measures to ensure that more and more students stay here for study in India and come out with a mechanism for increasing intake in well-performing universities. Also, mechanisms will be explored for starting Multi-disciplinary and innovative programs, twinning and joint degree programs, Cross Country designing of centers, facilitating online lectures by eminent faculty abroad, the linkage between academia and industry, facilitate Joint degree ventures, and lateral entry to Indian Higher Education Institutions.
- Chairman AICTE will oversee the issues related to Technical institutions.
- Separate sub Committees consisting of Directors of IIT, NIT, IIIT, CoA, and Vice Chancellors of Central Universities will be created who will assist Chairman UGC and Chairman AICTE.
- Chairman NTA and Chairman CBSE may also be called for inputs looking at their education sector experience.
- Joint Secretary (International Cooperation) will coordinate from the MHRD side.
- The Committee will submit a report in a fortnight time.
Source: Press Release ID: 1640919 July 24, 2020 PIB Delhi