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New universities, girls’ colleges, vocational courses, in Rajasthan government’s higher education plan

The Rajasthan higher education department has drawn up a detailed plan for introducing reforms in higher education institutes to make colleges future-ready

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The state higher education department has drawn up a detailed plan for introducing reforms in higher education institutes to make colleges future-ready.

Called “Vision Goals 2022”, the plan document states that plans are there to set up two new state universities, 32 new degree colleges, 14 new girls’ colleges, 50 new Bachelor of Education colleges, five new engineering colleges and five new polytechnics.

The expansion is aimed at improving accessibility for the students as well as bringing about gender parity in the state’s educational landscape, it said.

The 32 new colleges will be opened in district sub-divisions that do not have a college while the 14 girls’ colleges will be opened in the areas where there are no girls’ colleges both government or private-run. The state at present has 217 colleges.

In addition, the introduction of vocational courses through choice-based credit system to impart functional, critical and soft skills to students is also on the government’s plan.

The department has already started one-month induction training of the newly appointed teachers at the academic staff colleges. The infrastructure expansion of the academic staff colleges and opening of a new academic staff college at Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, are two other objectives under the plan.

Apart from these, establishment of smart classrooms, career counseling, skill development and placements cells, coaching for competitive exams and promotion of start-ups are also on the government’s reforms roadmap.

Source: Hindustan Times

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