Higher Education

India's young population needs the qualifications and skills to drive the economy deep into the 21st century. Over the next decade India will have a surplus manpower of 4-5 crore (40-50 million) and there is a need to provide this youthful manpower with skills and ability to tackle global challenges. In July 2020, the Indian Government launched its new National Education Policy. The new policy’s emphasis on enhancing quality, equity, universal access, social inclusion, flexible degrees, teacher training, research and embedding technology in all aspects of education is to be commended, as is the decision to rename the HRD Ministry as the Ministry of Education and replace the UGC and AICTE with a common higher education regulator, namely the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). Mutual recognition of qualifications, and allowing universities to award dual degrees, will be a true gamechanger for India’s Higher Education system as it will give a real boost to collaborations and will attract more foreign students to come and study in India – one of the key objectives of the new policy. Mutual recognition and dual degrees will enable students to seamlessly transition between India and other countries, unleash new opportunities, and create wide ranging cross-border linkages that go well beyond the Higher Education sector.

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