HRD Ministry creates panel to develop India as educational hub

HRD Ministry

In a major development, HRD Ministry has formed an elite panel headed by UGC Chairman DP Singh, which will recommend ways to develop India into a global education hub. The key agenda of the panel is to look into the matter and recommend ways to ensure that more students study in India, instead of looking for academic avenues overseas.

The committee has also been tasked to provide a process for smooth transition for students returning from abroad due to COVID-19 situation. Another important task that has been assigned to this committee is to recommend a mechanism to increase the intake in well-performing universities.

As per the information shared by the HRD Ministry, the committee has been provided time of 15 days to submit their report.

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The committee was setup at a meeting via video conferencing. The meeting was chaired by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and was attended by Minister of State, HRD Sanjay Dhotre; Secretary, Higher Education, Amit Khare; Chairman, UGC, DP Singh; Chairman, AICTE, Anil Sahasrabudhe; Joint Secretary (ICC), Neeta Prasad and Secretary General, AIU, Pankaj Mittal also participated in the meeting.

The Minister said that owing to the circumstances that are rising due to COVID-19 pandemic, many students who were planning to go abroad for their higher education has shelved their plans. On similar lines, many students are also returning from abroad after colleges and classes were suspended there. HRD Ministry and concerned higher education authorities need to make the necessary arrangements and plans to accommodate them.