New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal participated in a Ministerial meeting on inclusion in Higher Education 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris on 13 November. In his speech, Pokhriyal said that India is determined to improve the quality of Indian higher education and make it sustainable, adding that through the Swayam Prabha educational telecasts and ‘Swayam’ Portal, India is committed to providing higher education not only to Indian students but also to foreign students.
At the conference, Pokhriyal also met with the Education Minister of Bangladesh, Dipu Moni, who shared that Bangladesh wants to pursue collaborative research with top Indian institutes like IITs and IIMs. Pokhriyal agreed, saying that the education sector has the potential to take mutual cooperation to new heights.
India is illuminating the world through e-Vigyan Bharati and Arogya Bharati, said Pokhriyal. We have agreements with African nations and recently gave research scholarships to 1,000 students from ASEAN countries in India’s best technical institutions, he added.
In order to attract students from all over the world, The Minister says we started ‘Study in India’ in 2018, under which 2,500 scholarships are on offer. We have also established the DUO-India Fellowship program, he added, by promoting educational inclusion at the international level and under this scheme we will be able to exchange teachers, researchers and students.
The Sampark Scheme is being successfully run to give impetus to academic research and academic collaboration with the world’s top educational institutions, Pokhriyal noted. Through the Right to Education Act 2009 for all, India is committed to provide education to all classes, he declared.
In addition, under the scheme of ‘Global Initiative for Academic Network (GIAN), faculties from the world’s prestigious higher education institutions visit Indian Higher Educational Institutions to take courses in emerging areas, said Pokhriyal.
To enhance faculty mobility, it is necessary to expand academic collaboration with institutions of higher education. All these programmes are in line with UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals, he revealed.
Pokhriyal expressed hope that this Ministerial meeting will help in developing strategies to promote balanced international mobility of students and faculty between higher education institutions in UNESCO member countries.
Pokhriyal said that the framers of the Indian Constitution took special care to see that the rich diversity of the country should not only be protected but also thrive through education.
In the new education policy, coming after 33 years, India has tried to harmonize the individual needs and abilities of the students by accepting diversity to promote inclusive education, he explained.
The Minister remarked that the teacher is the most important link in the learning process, and that is why India has started the National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA).