DDC forms 17-member panel to suggest reforms in higher education

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DDC forms 17-member panel to suggest reforms in higher education

Monday, 11 March 2019 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

The Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) have set up a 17 member committee to suggest reforms in the Higher Education in the National Capital. The committee, headed by the DDC chairperson Jasmine Shah, will recommend goals, metrics, policies, and actionable plans for reforming Delhi’s higher education system within a year.

DDC will be partnering with the Nalanda 2.0, which is a policy think tank working to improve the higher education system in the country. The seventeen member committee will have members from different variety of field such as Pankaj Jalote, founding director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Devesh Kapur, Director of Asia Programs and Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Sandeep Kumar, Secretary (Higher Education), Directorate of Higher Education, Delhi, Shailendra Kumar, Founder & President, Nalanda 2.0, Shyam Menon, Former Vice Chancellor, Ambedkar University, B.K. Sharma, Advisor, Planning Department and Shailendra Sharma, Principal Advisor to the Director of Education and so on.

Announcing the initiative, Delhi Education Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said this initiative will commit to transform the education system in the national capital.

“Over the last few years, Delhi is known all over the world for the innovations in its government schools - be it the Happiness curriculum, infrastructure overhaul, teacher training initiatives or more recently Entrepreneurship curriculum. We also wish to make Delhi a knowledge and innovation center where some of the best talent in the world would want to live, study, and work as faculty members, students, and professionals,” Sisodia addded.

Courses such as vocational, undergraduate, masters, PhD, post-doctoral and continuing education comes under the higher education. “Thus, making our higher education system world class is critical for realizing that vision,” said the education minister.

“I am delighted that entrepreneurs and leaders from academia, industry, government, and civil society from India and around the world have joined this Committee, “ said Chairperson of DDC and head of this committee Jasmine Shah adding  they bring valuable and diverse perspectives to make our higher education system relevant and impactful in the 21st century. 

Officials further said that the population of Delhi has grown to 18.6 million in 2016 from 16.8 million in 2011 and is estimated to reach by 35 million by 2025.  “The growing number of people will need a lot of services, but most importantly they will need jobs and be educated, skilled, and prepared for productive lives and careers. Thus, reforming higher education is important and urgent.” added Shah.

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