Promote innovation: says Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar

Central Govt to carry our reforms in ‘Challenge-Mode’

The Central Government is carrying out reforms in higher education sector. The main focus is on strengthening the base for promoting innovation. This was informed by the Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar at Higher Education Summit of the ASSOCHAM, New Delhi.

HRD Ministry’s Thrust

“Innovation is the real sustainable way for prosperity to grow, it adds value to products and services, and generates wealth, therefore we must innovate. Thus innovation needs to be promoted right from childhood. Inquisitiveness and curiosity must be promoted at the school level and that is what we are planning now to revamp the whole teacher education,” said Javadekar adding that challenging the status quo is key to innovation. He stressed on the Government’s plans to promote healthy competition in higher education sector, “We are making 20 world class universities. They will be termed as institutes of national imminence and we will promote this in challenge mode.”

Highlights of the INNOVATIVE efforts

–Funds allocated in the budget for promoting the education sector across states will only be granted on the basis of quality of education

–Government has set up a Higher Education Finance Agency (HEFA) in collaboration with Canara Bank.

—Initiative of Global Research Interactive Network (GRIN) is aimed at qualitative development of education

–GRIN aims to provide scholarship, good research infrastructure, good guides and more importantly freedom of research

— Under Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) this year 200 foreign faculties have come and conducted various courses in universities/colleges across India

— Govt wants private investments in higher education sector as it is not only government’s baby but a societal issue

–Government understands that there is a cost of education but the private institutes will have to strive for quality.”

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