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Government plans 200 new universities in five years
Higher education in India is set for a boost with the Human Resource Development Ministry finalising plans worth Rs800 billion (US$15.2 billion) to improve access to colleges and universities, writes Chetan Chauhan for the Hindustan Times.

The government has embarked on an ambitious plan to double the gross enrolment ratio from around 17% at present to 30% by the year 2020. For this, there will need to be many more new universities and colleges across the country.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said last week that 200 new universities and a degree college in each district in India will be opened in the next five years. In addition to new institutions, many existing colleges will be upgraded, either into universities or autonomous colleges with degree-awarding powers. The Rs800 billion allocation will be the biggest ever for higher education.
Full report on the Hindustan Times site
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