Concerned over education becoming expensive and going out of the reach of students from poor families, Union human resource development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani said that certain steps are in the offing to provide quality education to all students at their doorsteps.
"We are committed to providing low-cost but quality education to all", she said in her address on the concluding day of the three-day national convention of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP, here on Sunday.
In this context she pointed out that lectures and all that is taught at the IITs and IIMs and at central universities across the country will soon be available online and that too free of cost.
Even the latest research wok going on in these premier institutions will be made available online to students, she added.
Referring to steps for streamlining of education, the HRD minister said that in the coming two years more than 200 new courses will be added at the graduate and under-graduate levels.
"These courses will be tailored in such a way so as to ensure that students do not drop out on the simple pretext that they will not get a job with the graduate degree that they are pursuing", she added.
She made a reference to students not continuing studies after passing their Class-8 or Class-10 due to the simple reason that even if they graduate they may not get a job.
She said that the new courses being introduced will help these very students to continue studying due to the job prospects of these courses.
SIMPLIFICATION OF EDUCATION
Making a commitment that the system of education will be simplified throughout the country, the Union minister said that the system of obtaining migration certificates to switch universities will be done away with. This system often prevents students from moving to another university of their choice, she added.
"Now if a student is not satisfied at one university then he just has to pick up his things and move over to another one of his choice. He will not have to go through the cumbersome process of first obtaining a migration certificate and then moving on", she added while referring to what she termed as "choice-based education".
'KNOW YOUR COLLEGE'
Irani also referred to a new scheme that will be introduced soon - 'Know your college'. Under this scheme, all information about educational institutions which are registered will be available on a website portal.
This website will have all detailed information about the faculty, courses, hostel availability and fee structure of an institute. Any wrong information will invoke action against this institute.
"If a student is denied any information that he or she seeks or is given incorrect information, then the student can lodge a complaint on this website. We will pursue the complaint filed", she added.