New Delhi: Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ held a brainstorming session regarding “Stay in India and Study in India” with senior officials and heads of different wings under Ministry of Human Resource Development.
While giving his opening remarks, Pokhriyal said that because of COVID-19 situation many students who wanted to pursue studies abroad have decided to stay back in India and pursue their studies within India. He said that there is also a rising number of Indian students returning to India with concern about the completion of their studies.
Senior officers from MHRD, UGC, AICTE, ACC, and AIU attended the meeting. pic.twitter.com/IWVfhhk5hk
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He emphasized that the Ministry of HRD should make all efforts to look into the needs of both these categories of students. He said that this situation is presenting two critical issues of concern i.e addressing the needs of students aspiring to go abroad, initiatives needed to retain them by providing appropriate opportunities of education in premier institutions in India, addressing the concerns of students returning from abroad and supporting these students to complete their programme.
These issues require a thorough understanding of their present and future educational requirements and career plans which need to be addressed appropriately with timely interventions. Each of the above situations presents different sets of prospects and challenges, he added.
The Minister also said that during the year 2019 around 7 lakh 50 thousand students travelled abroad to pursue their studies and because of this valuable foreign exchange moved out of India as well as many bright students moved abroad.
He said that we should make all efforts to help bright students to pursue their education in India. Also, as per this government’s manifesto, we have to increase seat capacity by 50% in all premier institutions by the year 2024 and also Institutes of Eminence should be increased to 50 by 2024.
Speaking on the occasion Sanjay Dhotre said that we need to understand the root cause why students are going abroad and should try to address these issues. He suggested that adequate infrastructure should be created within India in the institutions so that students can stay in India for their higher studies.
Secretary, Higher Education, Amit Khare said that the root causes are many and we should take every step to address the issues and also attract the international students to India under our Study in India programme.
Chairman, UGC, D.P. Singh said that we should create more twinning programs, dual degrees and also ensure that that proper research facility should be created for students who want to return back to India.
Chairman, AICTE, Anil Sahasrabudhe said that AICTE will come out with a white paper soon regarding measures to be taken after studying the entire scenario.