He said, “India is a relatively young country with 60% of its population in the age group of 15 to 59. To capitalize on the potential of this segment of educated youth, my Government has launched "Start-up India" aimed at promoting and providing incentives for entrepreneurship and job creation.”
The President speaking at the conclusion of the roundtable at Peking University said, “Research and innovation are the keystones for widening the country’s production potential. Future growth of nations will result not so much from the utilization of resources with existing technology than from its better usage through more advanced technology.”
The US has scored a centum and tops the heap, UK is in the second place with 98.5, while Germany takes the third spot with 94. With a score of 9.2, Pakistan ranks 50, the last position.
The overall assessment is done through four categories — system strength, flagship, access and economic concept of different countries in higher education. All these categories are combined with equal weightage to give the overall rankings.
UGC has representations and references from 19'" May, 2016 been receiving a number of complaints, different stakeholders in higher education regarding some universities which are not awarding degrees in time to the students enrolled in different programs of study offered by them. Time and again, UGC has written to institutions of higher education in the country about the rights and entitlements of students.
The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), given the responsibility to develop evaluation methodology, has prepared a ranking framework and the ministry will soon ask the universities to participate in the process.
Technology transfer to farmers, increase in agricultural growth in the area of jurisdiction of the university, quality inputs (seed, semen and planting materials) supplied by the universities, teaching and research impact and research excellence will be among the key parameters to evaluate the agriculture universities in the country.
UGC stating that it has received complaints about the matter, in its latest correspondence with all the universities, has drawn attention towards the norms framed in 2007 and a reminder issued early this year in a letter to Vice Chancellors.
The Commission has said that the state cannot play with the future of students and should devise a mechanism for recruitment of suitable college teachers as soon as possible.
The commission was hearing a case pertaining to only two teachers teaching 3,000 students at a college under LN Mithila University, Darbhanga.
During previous hearings, the state education department had submitted that of the total sanctioned posts of 7,103, only 3,312 vacancies in different universities in Bihar are being filled by the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC).
Chairman said that there is serious need for insightful minds to undertake interdisciplinary research, which is the need of the hour.
While addressing the 4th annual convocation of Rani Channamma University (RCU), Ved Prakash said innovation platform and innovation centres need to be established along with innovation and incubation parks, simultaneously participating in international collaboration.
The Union Government has taken various initiatives for skills in higher education in the country including Gujarat under National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) through All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and (UGC).
The AICTE has identified 14 sectors and 76 specializations under NSQF. It has notified an Approval Process Handbook for conducting programs under National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF)/NSQF and community colleges courses.
The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Zubin Irani in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question informed that the UGC is implementing a scheme during XII plan to provide Heritage Grants to universities and colleges which are more than 100 years old and accorded the Special Heritage Status by the UGC.