Govt think tank’s panel to reform higher education

It will recommend goals, metrics, policies

March 11, 2019 01:33 am | Updated 01:33 am IST - New Delhi

The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), a think tank of the Delhi government, has set up a 17-member committee to reform higher education in the city, the government said on Sunday.

The committee will recommend goals, metrics, policies, and actionable plans for reforming Delhi’s higher education system within a year, the government said.

The panel will be chaired by DDC vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah.

“Nalanda 2.0, a non-profit policy think tank with a mission to make India’s higher education system world-class, is the knowledge partner of DDC in this initiative,” the government said.

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said the initiative is a part of the government’s commitment to further transform the education system in the Capital. “Over the last few years, Delhi has become known all over the world for various innovations in its government schools like happiness curriculum, infrastructure overhaul, teacher training initiatives or more recently entrepreneurship curriculum. We also wish to make Delhi an innovation center where some of the best talents in the world would want to live, study, and work as faculty members, students, and professionals,” said Mr. Sisodia.

A vibrant higher education system is an engine for empowering people, addressing challenges that matter to the society and industry, spurring the economy, and enriching humanity, he said.

Keeping up

Mr. Shah said the population of NCT of Delhi grew from 16.8 million in 2011 to 18.6 million in 2016 and is estimated to reach 35 million by 2025.

He said the growing number of people will need jobs and be educated, skilled, and prepared for productive careers.

Therefore, reforming higher education was important and urgent, he added.

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