“We emphasise on providing quality education to students in Rajasthan. The four areas Rajasthan Government focussing on to ensure quality higher education are: Quality, Delivery, Facility and Employability,” Dr Vinod Kumar Bhardwaj, State Nodal Officer, Innovations & Skill Development Programmes, Department of College Education, Government of Rajasthan.
Being a key speaker 11th Higher Education and Human Resource Conclave Pune 2019, Dr Bhardwaj shared various details about the Rajasthan’s higher education ecosystem. He also provide details about current and expected Government schemes that may help the State’s higher education sector improve.
Describing about how big State’s education system is, Dr Bhardwaj said, “The State currently has 252 government colleges in which around 4.20 lakh regular students are pursuing various courses. Another interesting fact is that out of these students, almost 50% are girls. Along with government colleges, there are 1,569 private colleges and 837 BEd Colleges. So, the State has over 2,700 colleges with more than 9 lakh students.”
“Every Year, over 1,20,000 students in undergraduate arts, commerce and science courses (BA, BCom, BSc) are admitted to government colleges across Rajasthan. We received more than four lakh applications in this regard,” he added.
He also described how the department focuses on bringing Excellence in Higher Education. According to him, “To bring Excellence in higher education, we focus on four aspects: Student-centric quality education, standardised institutional growth, faculties’ efficiency enhancement, and institutional social responsibility.”
Raising a very important about overcoming the societal challenges with the help of educational institutions, Dr Bhardwaj stated, “Social Responsibility is not only the duty of corporate. It is also the responsibility to share equally by the government institutions as they have been allotted funds for various activities. Along with imparting quality education, institution must also have a good connect with the society as it will help in overcoming the societal challenges.”
Describing about various initiatives of Rajasthan Government to boost skills among students, he revealed, “As one of the Government’s strategic initiatives, the “Student-centric Learning and Capacity Enhancement Programme” is helping students to improve their learning (academics) as well as get hands-on experience in industry-relevant skills.”
He also revealed that the Department of College Education, Government of Rajasthan, has signed MoUs with different organisations to boost skills among students and to impart training to faculty members in the colleges across the State. The department has signed MoUs with organisations including: IGNOU, Microsoft, HIK Vision, McGraw Hill and many others.