INDIA: Higher education survey to launch soon

Faced with inadequate information, India's Human Resource Development Ministry will, for the first time in more than 60 years, launch a massive survey on the state of higher education in the country, writes Akshaya Mukul for The Times of India. The collection of data is to begin shortly.

The task has been given to the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) and is likely to be completed in a year. "Higher education in the country is plagued by lack of reliable data. It has hampered policy initiatives that need to be taken. For instance, the data on the gross enrolment ratio does not get updated properly taking into account the private sector's increasing intervention in higher education," an official said.

NUEPA will seek the help of educational institutions throughout the country to carry out the survey. Colleges and institutions that offer post-secondary education like polytechnics will also be included.
Full report on the Times of India site