As a part of the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP), the Government of India is pondering and planning on launching virtual universities very soon.
Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Union Education Minister, said in a high-level meeting with the stakeholders that the Government will take necessary steps adn measures to establish a virtual University very soon. He added that the concept of virtual University is different from that of Open Universities. Virtual Universities will help in a desired GER as envisaged through NEP, in higher education as well.
Education Minister Pokhriyal chaired this meeting with the stakeholders which was also attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Education. The implementation of the National Education Policy was also reviewed by the officials. The National Education Technology forum (NETF) was directed to start the work immediately. Additionally, it is expected that the NETF will be seeded in UGC/AICTE.
For imparting education in mother language at a higher education level, the Education Minister called for the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Minister Pokhriyal further stressed on the need to take the branding of ‘Study in India’ to a wider scale and directed for constituting a committee for the ‘Stay in India’ program. The committee was directed to work in a mission mode and submit the report within a time frame of 15 days and also to analyze the major reasons for students to go abroad for higher studies.
Nodal persons are to be appointed for implementation of the policy in all the concerned Ministries, directed Education Minister. And there needs to be a designated team leader for every task among the total 181 tasks identified for the implementation of policy in higher education.