Higher education in Gujarat now has a ‘virtual address’. It is a portal called “Know your College” that was flagged off by the CM on Friday.
Modelled on The “Know your School” initiative that underscored the “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan” rolled out for primary education, the state education department has replicated the model in its higher education, in a move to cover the entire gamut of both government and private colleges.
Created by the Technical Education Information Systems under the Commissionerate of Technical Education, Department of Education, the portal provides a common platform that gives details of government-approved and private colleges.
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Currently, information of 400 professional colleges in the sphere of management, engineering, pharmacy architecture, which fall under the ambit of Admission Committee for Professional Courses, are up on the portal, while the department also plans to add 1,200 more colleges under the Commissionerate of Higher Education and other departments and ministries to this cartel.
The portal is full of pictures, the institute’s vision and mission statements, details on its infrastructure, faculty, results, batch intake, activity, fees and scholarship details and also has links to their websites.
“We will add another feature of GIS mapping in the portal with help of BISAG (Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics) to help students geographically locate the colleges, faculty strength, colleges in any district, disciplines and courses they offer, faculty engaged in research activity, number of seats available, PhD scholars and college infrastrcuture among other things. This has been done in view of improving governance in higher education by following the wider and voluntary disclosure model aimed at bringing in more accountability among institutes that offer higher education,” said Vedant Pandya, Director of Research and Innovation at KCG, Department of Education, GOG.
Apart from universities like Raksha Shakti, Children’s University, soon arts and science colleges, commerce and BEd, medical, veterinary and law colleges will follow suit and put up their information on the portal. The department also aims at putting out annual reports and admission forms in a standardised format in coming weeks.
“A culture of education-reporting is yet to evolve in our country but this is a step in that direction. We will be rolling out the Gujarat Higher Education Survey soon, which will give us a lot of primary data that we hope to link with the portal. While this will aid students and parents take informed decisions, this is of particular help to the state government that can analyse and formulate policies and bring about e-governance in the area of higher education,” Pandya added.