December 1, 2017
Discussions are on to set up a State UniversitiesRanking Framework (SURF), on the lines of National Institutional Ranking Framework to undertake an audit and evaluation of the universities in Tamil Nadu, according to State Higher Education Principal Secretary Sunil Paliwal said today.
The framework for the 22 varsities in the State is expected to be inplace in another seven to eight months, positively by the next academic year, as the Higher Education Minister wanted to go ahead with the idea, Paliwal said.
After inaugurating the two-day third national higher education conclave organised by CII here, with a theme of ‘Transformation in HigherEducation’, he said aim of the framework was in line with Union Ministry of Human Resource Development’s vision of creating world-class universities.
Karnataka had set up such a framework and the parameters fixed here would look at excellence in research, teaching, placement, public perception and access equity. The general enrolment ratio (GER) in Tamil Nadu stood at 44.3 per cent, nearly double than the national ratio of 24.5 per cent.
The government was also looking parallelly on how to improve the quality of education further in the State, Paliwal said, adding that the Governor, the Chief Minister and the Higher Education Minister were committed to improving the standard.
Paliwal wanted the CII to send the conclave recommendations tothe ministry so that valid suggestions could be incorporated in the policy.The goal of the new higher education system will be to promote innovation and entrepreneurship among students who can then establish the foundations of knowledge-based economy rather than be a destination for outsourcing services for other countries, conclave chairperson Dr R Nandini said.