Tuesday, March 18, 2014

'Higher education enrolment ratio likely to grow to 30 % by 2020'

Higher Education Enrollment

Higher education enrolment ratio in India is likely to grow to 30 per cent by 2020 because of increased investment in the sector and economic growth, a senior official today said.

Higher education secretary Ashok Thakur also said that the government is encouraging engineering colleges, especially IITs, to offer more subjects in humanities so that students have access to social science subjects.

"Enrolment in higher education is likely to grow to 30 per cent by 2020 thanks to increased investment by the government and economic growth," he said at the valedictory session of an international conference on social science research.

The event was organized by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and International Development Research Center (IDRC), where academic experts and policy makers from south, south east, and East Asian countries unanimously proposed formation of a social science research network acting as an advocacy platform in the region to strengthen research and its funding.

"There is a need to build an interactive platform for research among the developing countries. Although there is a global edge of physical over social sciences, the questions of governance, social and economic tensions and other such concerns have remained under addressed in these nations," said member secretary of ICSSR Ramesh Dadhich.

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