Supporting India’s Higher Education Sector Transformation

The transformation of India’s Higher Education (HE) sector, as articulated through the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, presents an exciting opportunity for innovative interventions from both domestic and international providers. Core to India’s HE reform, the NEP addresses some of the key challenges facing the sector including; access, formalisation of technical and vocational training (TVET) and internationalisation.

This paper, developed in collaboration by the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) and Pearson, explores these themes in more detail, identifying key issues and opportunities for international contributions towards their realisation.

The NEP has identified access, delivered through a more progressive, equitable, and quality driven HE system, as a key policy priority. This includes promoting the design and delivery of educational models relevant to the needs of individuals, industry and society. The NEP emphasises that the transformation of the Indian HE sector will have to be built on innovative delivery that enriches learning experiences, promoted through enhanced funding models, including for research and faculty development. This policy focus is further shaped by the prioritisation of HE internationalisation fueled by global partnerships and learner mobility


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