Kapil Sibal
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.

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