Ministry plans higher education overhaul

In a bid to create uniformity among central universities, India’s Human Resource Development Ministry has decided to frame guidelines for common admission, common curricula, student and faculty mobility and a national system of credit transfers. It has also been decided to develop a national ranking system of central universities, reports TNN.

These decisions were taken in the two-day retreat of HRD minister Smriti Irani with vice-chancellors of central universities in Chandigarh. A committee comprising vice-chancellors of the central universities of Kerala, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Tripura, Delhi and Pondicherry University has been constituted to frame the guidelines. The committee has been asked to submit its report within a month.

However, there could be practical problems related to implementation. A former HRD ministry official said: "Attempts to have a common admission during Kapil Sibal's term also did not materialise. It remained confined to 14 central universities created in 2009. Old universities did not agree."
Full report on The Times of India site