Addressing the need for research assessment in institutes across the country,Pavan Agarwal,advisor of higher education,planning commission said that a handbook will be brought out in three months time,which will highlight the sectors issues. The handbook will be circulated among 100 top vice-chancellors (V-C) for their feedback which will later be included in the 12 th five year plan,Agarwal said.
Agarwal was in the city as a part of the two-day conference on National Policy Dialogue 2012-Research Excellence Framework organised jointly by the planning commission and the British Council. Issues like the need for improving the quality of academics to attract more foreign faculty,peer reviews,developing an environment and culture for research,coming up with specific metrics for research assessment and collaborations with industry as well as foreign institutes were discussed at length.
Pointing out that there was a need for building both national and international clusters,alliance and network,KN Ganesh,director,Indian Institute of Science Education and Research,(IISER) Pune said: Sharing courses over the internet can today help in meeting acute shortage of teachers in the country. We are collaborating with international institutes and all are going very well. However,a lot of planning is needed to make this a success.