Kolhapur, Dec 8 (UNI) University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Sukhadev Thorat today said the access to higher education in India, at the present level of 10 per cent, compares poorly with the world average of 23 per cent, hence UGC has given priority for the expansion in enrollment ratio upto 15 per cent.
An enrollment ratio of 20 to 25 per cent is necessary for sustainable ecomomic development, and hence UGC has accorded priority to enhancing the enrollment rate in the 11th Plan, Prof Thorat said, while addressing a press conference here today.
The enrollment expansion has to come from the enhancement of enrollment ratio in regions with lower enrollment ratio at present, he said.
On the issue of private participation in higher education, Prof Thorat said such initiatives are welcome, provided they do not engage in gross commercialisation of higher education.
Prof Thorat said the UGC will constitute an empowered committee to evolve an effective mechanism to regulate public-private partnership in consultation with educational institutions and corporate sectors.
The self-financing courses and self-financing seats in public universities also require a regulatory framework to ensure that these initiatives do not adversely impinge on quality and justice, he added.