A public private partnership (PPP) is needed to ensure the development of higher education sector in the state; a committee set up by the state government to formulate policy for attracting private investments in higher education sector in the state has concluded this.
“If institutions are managed privately and the government only plays the role of granting aid from the public exchequer, the sector would be highly benefited,” says the report prepared by a panel headed by Prof Mohd Muzammil, vice chancellor, MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly.
The committee, which has also been asked to work on the ways and means through which more private finance could be attracted, has prepared the first draft. It reads: The fiscal capacity of the state is limited and the expenditure requirements are ever rising. Government grants are limited only to aided institutions even as the demand for higher education was on the rise. High pass percentages in Intermediate exams have only added further stress.
“A single window system should be adopted so that the process of opening new colleges/ institutes by private providers gets easy and is streamlined,” suggests the panel.