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Working Group for the formulation of Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).

Higher Education

Dated 5th December 2000

Composition:

Shri M.K. Kaw, Secretary, Deptt. of Secondary and Higher Education Chairman
Dr. Hari Gautam, Chairman UGC Member
Dr. M.L Sondhi Chairman, ICSSR do
Dr. Kireet Joshi Chairman ICPR, New Delhi. -do-
Dr. B.R Grover Chairman ICHR, New Delhi. -do-
Shri S.V. Giri Vice Chancellor Shri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning -do-
Dr. Deepak Nayyar Vice Chancellor, Delhi University -do-
Dr. M.S. Valiathan Vice Chancellor Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal -do-
Vice Chancellor IGNOU - Delhi. -do-
Vice Chancellor SNDT Women's University, Bombay -do-
Dr. Mrinal Mini Vice Chancellor NEHU, Shillong. -do-
Shri Syed Shahid Mehdi V.C, Jamia Millia Islamia University New Delhi. -do-
Dr P N. Muthiah DEAN Madurai Kamaraj University Palkaiai Nagar, Madurai. Member
Dr. A. Vanajakshi, I.A.S. Retd., 6-3-628/9, Ravindra Nagar Colony, Khairatabad, Hyderabad - 500004.. -do-
Sushila Vyas Banasthali Vidyapeath. -do-
Prof. K.B. Powar Association of Indian Universities New Delhi. -do-
Shri Mannirannan Secretary(HE) Govt. of Tamil Nadu. -do-
Mrs. Sushma Chaudhary Secretart (HE) Jammu and Kashmir. -do-
Smt. Kirti Saxena, Director, Education Division -do-
Jt. Secretary - Shri Champak Chatterjee U and HE Deptt. of Secondary and Higher Education Member convener

Terms of Reference :

  1. To review the present status of Higher Education in the country. To identify strength and weaknesses of the sector with a particular focus on the future development perspective between 2002-2007.
  2. To examine critically issues of relevance, quality, access and equity in higher/university education:
    • Revision/modernization of syllabi to take care of emerging needs.
    • Improving quality of teaching; role of Academic staff Colleges, Refresher Centres, Inter University Centres, Net.
    • To ascertain how far regular / open university, system has reached far flung areas, backward districts and has been able to reach specific target groups like women, minorities, people of hill/North Eastern areas and other disadvantaged sections.
  3. To suggest measures for net working between government and university so as to bring better utilization of ongoing research in humanities and social sciences specially in sciences through University Science Centres.
  4. To explore ways and means of increasing resources for higher education through , increased grants, fee hikes, industry support and self financing courses.
  5. To examine critically the role of UGC in bringing autonomy, coordination, control of academic standards.
  6. To examine measures for vocationalisation at graduate level.
  7. To identify weaknesses in the existing examination system and suggest reforms.

In the context of the formulation of the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007), it has been decided to set up a Working Group on Higher Education under the Department of Secondary Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development.

The Chairman of the Working Group if deemed necessary may constitute sub-groups and/or may co-opt additional members.

The expenditure on TA/DA etc. of official members in connection with the meetings of the Working Group will be borne by the parent department/Ministry/organization to which the member belongs. Non-official members will be entitled to TA/DA as admissible to Grade-I officers of the Government of India and this expenditure will be borne by the Convenor Department.

The Working Group will finalize its report by June 30th 2001.