|Sibal to raise higher
edu issue at World Education conference
New Delhi, Jul 7 HRD Minister
Kapil Sibal will raise the issue of role of higher education in addressing
major global challenges at the ongoing World Education conference in Paris.
The four-day conference,
which began on Sunday, will also deliberate on issues like new dynamics
of higher education and research, equity, access, quality and innovation.
Representatives from more
than 150 countries, consisting of education ministers, are taking part
in this conference.
Minister of State for
HRD D Purandeswari, who attended the conference on the inaugural day, called
for international co-operation in promoting research activities and innovation
in the field of higher education.
She also emphasised on
the need for creating independent research facilities in individual institutions
and setting up common research facilities such as inter-university centres.
It is important to raise
the average quality of higher education and to create institutions of excellence,
she said. This has to be matched with the need of providing access to higher
education in a socially inclusive manner.
Any meaningful reforms
in higher education with a long term perspective are difficult and complex,
but nevertheless imperative, she said.