While recommending the establishment of new colleges for higher education to meet the growing demand, University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Ved Prakash warned that it, however, should not result in proliferation of sub-standard institutions.
Speaking at the 13th convocation ceremony of the Bharati Vidyapeeth on Saturday, Prof Prakash said, “As the size of middle class is swelling, the demand for the higher education is increasing by leaps and bounds. But this should not lead into floating of sub-standard institutions. Otherwise, we will have problems of large scale unemployment and severe shortage of skilled workforce.”
Prakash advocated the need for an increase in government funding to improve quality of higher education.
“ Austerity measures have taken a heavy toll on the quality of higher education. The trends in the fundings should be reversed and public funding for higher education should be substantially increased. Public funding is not keeping pace with the growing enrollment,” said Prakash
Prakash underlined the need of engaging in interdisciplinary research.
“Sharing of resources for development of networking centres between universities and research institutions with cross disciplinary perspective should be promoted. This would also help maintain the quality of faculty and bringing diversity in the profile of University,” said Prakash.
Earlier, Prakash awarded gold medals to 29 students, doctorates to 40 and degrees to 6,718 students. Shivajirao Kadam, VC and founder of Vidyapeeth Patangrao Kadam was present on the occasion.