Higher education must be made available at affordable cost: UGC chairman

"If children are not able to pass with 33 or 45% marks,it means quality of education in institution is pretty bad.

Written by Agencies | Kozhikode | Published: March 4, 2012 7:03 pm

Stating that educational institutions should ensure quality of education,University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Ved Prakash today said that every institution must be a place of excellence.

“Every single institution must be a place of excellence,” Prakash told reporters here.

Emphasising that quality of education should not be compromised,Prakash said: “If the children are not able to pass with 33 or 45 per cent marks,it means the quality of education in the institution is pretty bad. It may not have adequate infrastructure. It may not be having qualified teachers and such institutions should not be allowed to be in the business.”

The Government has taken very proactive measures for the purpose of ensuring the quality of education,so that the children are not cheated,Prakash said.

Higher education must be made available to the children at an affordable cost,he said,adding “if the child is not able to cope up with the existing institution fees,it must be the responsibility of the state government to see that he is not denied access to higher education for want of money”.

Prakash said the gross enrolment ratio of higher education in our country continues to be lesser than the gross enrolment ratio of developing nations and much lesser than the world average which is 27 per cent and also lesser than the average of the developed nations which happens to be about 52 per cent.

“We are still close to 18 per cent and we need to increase our gross enrolment ratio in the higher education”,he said. The vision of UGC in the 12th Five-Year Plan is the inclusive and qualitative expansion of higher education.

Higher Education in our country was facing five kinds of crisis,like the crisis of regional imbalance,crisis of equity,identity,governance and crisis of resources.

During the 11th Five-Year Plan the Central government has displayed enormous amount of commitment by increasing the expenditure on education in the total budget to the level of 13 per cent by setting up 1,453 public institutions in the country which had happened for the first time after we attained independence in 1947.

“But the challenge before us is to use the kind of resources which were made available by the central government and transform those resources into tangible results”,he said.

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