The central government will give financial support to the state universities, as envisaged in the 12th Five-Year Plan as a protective measure, said Association of Indian Universities (AIU) president Prakash T Chande.
The move will enable Indian universities to withstand the competitions from foreign universities. It would also allay the apprehensions of AIU over the Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill 2010, which was before the parliamentary standing committee on human resources development at present.
Chande said this while attending 86th annual general body meeting of the AIU hosted by Cochin University of Science and Technology.
"We don't oppose the bill but the foreign institutions will come with a lot of funding while we are facing difficulties related to fund mobilization. We will be like vernacular schools which lost out in the race with English medium schools," he said.
Chande said that AIU was the core body which took decisions on the validity of foreign university degrees. He also said credit system would be in place in all universities in the next two years, following which any student could change universities or study multidisciplinary subjects without any hassle.
"This will be on a par with the system in the West where a student of arts can study science at the next level by scoring certain required credits. We have to improve the faculty position, numerically and quality-wise. There is proposal to implement strict accreditation structure from KG to PG level as strengthening higher education alone in isolation will not help," he said.
AIU was also planning to introduce several soft skill courses to make students ready for the industry. Dr Chande said creation of national and international data banks on all aspects of higher education would help create world-class standards.
[Source: Times of India]