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One website for info on all educational institutions

india Updated: May 25, 2010 02:22 IST
K Sandeep Kumar

All higher education institutions of the country and authentic information about them are soon going to become available on an official single web portal.

This proposed site, having information about an Institution's courses, infrastructure and resources besides also providing a link to the Institute's own official website, would act as a single window for all students-Indian and foreign- interested in pursuing a course in an Indian higher education institution duly recognised by competent authorities and bodies.

As an icing on the cake, this portal would also have an uplinking facility of the higher education website of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) containing similar information about educational institutions of 30 countries for the benefit of the students.

The initiative, being handled in India by EdCIL (India) Limited under the guidance of Union Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD), is being seen as an e-solution to the increasing concerns about quality assurance, accreditation and recognition of qualifications during the present era of globalisation in higher education.

In a communiqué sent to the Registrars of all Indian universities including the Allahabad University (AU) this month, the deputy secretary of University Grants Commission (UGC) Ashok Mahajan has informed the Institutions about this new web portal being designed in India and has also made available a proforma about information that has to be provided as 'Mandatory Disclosure of Institutions' that would facilitate students, especially those from abroad, in selecting a duly recognised course and Institution to pursue their higher education.

"As per the methodology of this project, the University/Institutions/Colleges are supposed to display the completed Mandatory Disclosure on their respective websites, as per given proforma," the communiqué adds.

AU Vice-Chancellor Prof Rajen Harshe said that it was a great initiative that would prove very beneficial for both the Indian and the foreign students to identify quality institutions in a country and then zero in on the course of their choice. "We would very much like to be a part of the project and provide the required information on our site as it would provide us with an international connect and also help us attract foreign students," he said.