Drastic Reforms in Higher
Education Needed: Prime Minister
While addressing the UGC – Golden Jubilee Inaugural Function on 28th December, 2002, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, exhorted the academics to reform the higher education structure to cope up with the challenges in access, quality, relevance and international competence. The function was also graced by Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource distinguished academics, present and former officers and staff of the UGC. The Prime Minister emphasized the need to expand access of quality education to a larger percentage of people and appreciated the UGC’s steps in this direction including interlinking Universities and Colleges through UGC – Infonet, performance – based funding, and developing the Centres of Excellence. He opined that further efforts are required to-
for Human Resource Development, Science and Technology and Ocean Development, Prof. Murli Manohar Joshi and the then Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Prof. Rita Verma, Shri S.K. Tripathy, Secretary, Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Shri Rajeev Ratna Shah, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication
UGC – Golden Jubilee Inaugural Function on 28th December, 2002, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
u enrich R&D capabilities by direct tie-up between universities, national laboratories and industry, u make India an attractive destination for higher education, u harness the opportunities provided by the globalization of the employment market. Shri Vajpayee also pointed towards the need of revision of fee
Technologies, were also present. Other dignitaries included the present and former members of the University Grants Commission, former Chairpersons, Vice-Chairpersons and Secretaries of UGC, Vice-Chancellors, structure, improvement in the governance of educational institutions and expansion of the scope of public-private partnership to leverage the financial, managerial and teaching resources in the private sector.