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Uttarakhand plans new higher education policy to boost job prospects

The Uttarakhand government plans to raise the standard of higher education, so local students including those from poor families have an easy access to plum jobs in public and private sectors and in academia, for which a “comprehensive policy” is being drawn up

dehradun Updated: Feb 06, 2018 21:39 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand News,higher education policy,job prospects
The state government is working at “three different levels simultaneously to improve” standard of higher education in all academic disciplines, says higher education minister Dhan Singh Rawat . (HT File)

The Uttarakhand government plans to raise the standard of higher education, so local students including those from poor families have an easy access to plum jobs in public and private sectors and in academia, for which a “comprehensive policy” is being drawn up.

“We plan to lift the standard of higher education by equipping institutions with all required facilities and by augmenting the faculty, for which a full-fledged strategy is being drawn up,” said higher education minister Dhan Singh Rawat.

“The strategy aims to ensure that students even from poor families have an easy access to quality jobs in both public and private sectors and also in academia,” he said in an interview to HT on Tuesday.

To realise the objective the Trivendra Singh Rawat-led BJP government is “working simultaneously” on different aspects.

“We have already initiated steps to strengthen all kinds of infrastructure, research facilities besides augmenting faculty in regional universities and in state-run colleges affiliated to them,” Dhan Singh said.

Besides, under the proposed policy, a legal framework would be put in place to ensure that all regional universities, private universities and deemed universities “are guided by a uniform law and also have” a uniform fee structure to boot.

“In that connection, we plan to introduce an umbrella law for all regional universities and colleges affiliated to them,” Singh said.

“All those institutes will have the same fee structure and and all their academic and administrative activities will be guided by uniform rules.”

Besides, under the new policy, there would be not a single state-run institute of higher learning in the state, which would have paucity of faculty.

“We will have 100% faculty in all state-run institutions of higher learning at all levels of hierarchy, which would also include lecturers, professors and assistant professors etc,” the minister said.

“We have already filled 92% of posts of assistant professors that were lying vacant in regional universities and all state-run colleges affiliated to them.”

He claimed Uttarakhand would soon become the only state in the country, which would have 100% faculty in its regional universities and state-run degree and postgraduate colleges affiliated to them.

On the academic front, the state government was working at “three different levels simultaneously to improve” the standard of higher education in all academic disciplines.

“The idea is to ensure that students are able to offer subjects of their choice, which would help them land plum jobs in private and public sectors and also in academia and elite administrative services,” the minister said.

Under the proposed policy, for instance, a scheme would be launched, under which free coaching would be ensured for students preparing for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other civil services.

“That means the state government will ensure free coaching for selected 50 candidates each year preparing for various competitive exams for the civil services like IAS, IPS or for different provincial civil services.”

Similarly, plans were also afoot to ensure free coaching for candidates preparing for Pre Medical Tests and entrance tests for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) etc.

“In that connection, we will soon launch ‘Super 100’, an initiative, under which a select group of meritorious students preparing for engineering and medical tests will be provided free coaching,” said the minister.

“We have already launched a similar ‘Super 30’scheme in Dehradun.”

Similarly, the government had also plans to launch a scheme for candidates with a weak academic background. “We will associate all such candidates with our skill development programmes, so they are able to create self-employment,” Dhan Singh said.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 21:39 IST