Sunday, January 30, 2011

India will soon have 'Navratna' Universities

Very soon India is going to have 'Navratna' Universities which would be based on the lines of the famous Ivy League varsities. It would be an Indian Ivy League. These would be free from government control. This was recently announced by Science and Technology Minister, Kapil Sibal while addressing the 98th Indian Science Congress at SRM University. This would be made possible by measures like generous financial support and access to external funding and would be provided complete autonomy.  

He was speaking on the topic 'Quality Education and Excellence in Science Research in Indian Universities.

There are eight institutions in Ivy League namely Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

This initiative is expected to achieve the development of human and social capital which would prove useful to youth to work and compete globally.

Full powers would be provided to the existing navratnas like the IITs and IIMs. This would help them to:

  • Create posts according to the approved norms
  • Top up the salaries of the Directors and Faculty from the funds generated by them
  • Open centres in India and abroad
  • Amend rules within the framework of their Memorandums of Association and Rules Acquire and dispose property
  • Manage funds generated on their own
    The Director and the Board would be preparing annual action plans. All this is sought to build up accountability. It would also prove useful in tackling structural inequities in educational front. The changes in demographic front and demand pattern in labour market is also creating demand for higher education. With this step quality education would be provided. The objective of government is to double the Gross Enrolment Ration by 2020.
Source: Economic times

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