The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) chairman D P Singh has been tirelessly making efforts to avail more funds for higher education relevant to the societal and national needs.
The UGC, whose mandate includes promoting and coordinating university education, is taking steps to improve the quality in higher education institutions (HEIs), he said.
Singh said the UGC has requested the Centre to allocate more funds for education in the upcoming Union budget for 2020-21.
“Indian higher education system has grown manifold since independence. It has now 993 universities, 3.7 crore students and 14 lakh teachers,” the UGC chairman said. “There have been reports about unemployability of graduates coming out of our higher educational institutions.
Some of the lacuna pointed out by industry experts are lack of soft skills. We, at the UGC, are conscious of these things,” Singh said.