New Delhi: Against the backdrop of several
initiatives planned to revamp the higher education sector in
the country, the Government has now decided to conduct a
nation-wide survey for taking the reforms process forward.
A task force would be constituted towards this end to
facilitate the survey and explore mechanism to conduct the
exhaustive exercise and identify an implementation agency to
The task force would submit its preliminary
recommendations to the HRD Ministry to operationalise the
survey within two months from the date of issue of
notification, said sources in the Ministry.
The 13 member task force would be headed by additional
secretary in the department of higher education under the
The information generated from the survey would be
critical for planning for growth and development of the sector
essentially for enabling the country to achieve targeted Gross
Enrolment Ratio of 30 per cent, sources said.
According to a report prepared by Ernst & Young in
association with FICCI and released today, spending in the
higher education sector in the coming 10 years is projected to
go up to Rs 1.50 lakh crore, up from 46,200 crore at present.
Sources said the survey would seek to cover the higher
educational institutions including universities, research
bodies, statutory councils for higher education, state
governments and academics among others.