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Year: 2022


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ISBN: 9789388691918(HB)

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Education has been a core necessity of individuals, social groups, nations and human society.  Since the formation of Indian Republic, educational policies, plans and programmes unequivocally underscored the idea of education for all but in a vast, populous and diverse country having staggered socio-economic differences the execution of policies and plans has always been a challenge.  The New Education Policy 2020 speaks to all aspects of education during our times and envisions a complete overhaul of education system with equity and inclusion. This book deals with several issues presently organised by different sectors of education and suggests measures to the challenges of the time.  We all should come forward with plans for developing the qualitative educational institutes.


About Author

Dr. P. Satyanarayana is a senior distance educator. Associated with planning and founding Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University and Indira Gandhi National Open University. Participated in many national and international conferences, seminars, workshops organised by ICDE, COL, AAOU, EADTU, UGC. Published books on Indian society, polity, administration, education etc. Contributes to journals on different dimensions of education. Widely travelled in America, Asia, Europe. Currently works as Overseas Educational Consultant to OKOS Communication Systems in the USA.

Dr. Lakshmi Mantha teaches English at University College of Engineering, Osmania University. Certified NLP, POSH, and GOAL trainer. She specialises in teaching Business communication. Member and Visiting Faculty to Management Institutes for Teaching Soft Skills and Communication Skills. Contributes to journals on education. Participates in conferences, seminars, discussions, workshops and round tables organised by national and international associations. Published books on various topics in social sciences.

Dr. C. Sesharatnam is a former Joint director at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University. Worked in the areas of student support, course development, women's advancement, etc. Attended national and international seminars, workshops, conferences on Open Distance Education. Contributes to journals on educational development. Published books on Open Distance Education, widely travelled in Asia, America and Europe. Received “Best Teacher Award” from Andhra Pradesh Government.


1. Education Policies in the Past  

History of Policies; National Policies; 1968 Education Policy; Education Policy 1986; Committee for Evolution of a National Education Policy 2016

2. National Education Policy 2020

Important Suggestions Made in NEP 2020; Recommendations for Higher Education Level; Restructuring at Higher Education Level; National Accreditation Council; Higher Education Grants Council; General Education Council; Research Receives its Coveted Status; National Education Policy 2020 and Innovations; National Education Policy 2020 and Quality; Assessment, Accreditation and Quality; Employment vs Employability: India’s Dual Challenges; Bottlenecks in Employability; Probable Solutions for Employment Problems as Recommended by NEP 2020; Light but Tight Regulation; Public Expenditure; Way Forward; Criticisms of NEP 2020 as Cited in Social Media

3. National Transformation Vision

Role of the Students; Role of the Teachers (Faculty); Role of the Institutions; Transforming Higher Education Quality

4. Promotion and Expansion of Higher Education

Post-independence Scenario; Notable Commissions in Promoting and Expanding Higher Education;; Other Efforts by the Government to Enhance Higher Education; Achievements of Higher Education Plans and Schemes Enacted by the Government; Conclusion

5. Profile of Higher Education

Gross Enrolment Ratio in Higher Education; Gender Parity Index (GPI); College Density; Foreign Students; Indian Students Studying Abroad (Source UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2016); World Class Higher Education Institutions in India; Institutions of Eminence; Public Institutions; State Universities; Private Institutions; Scenario of Indian Institutes of Higher Education

6. University Typology

Central Universities; State Universities; Private Universities; Establishing Research Universities; Establishing Navratna Universities; Vision World Class University; Global University Features

7. Internationalisation of Higher Education

Favourable Effects of Internationalisation; Earlier Efforts of Internationalisation in India; ICT and Internationalisation of Higher Education; Why We Must Internationalise Our Higher Education?; Obstacles to Studying in India; Possible Solutions/ Recommendations

8. Excellence in Higher Education

National Initiatives

9. Research Promotion Scenario

Sensitising Students on Sound Ethical Research Practices; Promoting Research Culture; Research Promotion in Universities; PhD Work in Universities; Quality in Qualitative Research; Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology; Research Funding Agencies in India; Do’s and Don’ts of Social Research; Doctoral Research Programme; Kakodkar Committee Fixed a Target of 10,000 PhD Scholars a Year; Improving Quality of Research

10. Accreditation: Assessment of Quality Education

Accreditation; Vision and Mission of NACC; Attempts of Government to Enhance the Strength of Accreditation; Significant Changes in Accreditation in Indian Higher Education; Future Orientation; National Education Policy 2020 on Accreditation; Strategies for Implementation; Top Accreditation Council

11. Institutional Ranking

Academic Ranking of Higher Education Institutions; Purpose of Academic Ranking of Higher Education Institutions; Sources of Academic Ranking of Higher Education Institutions; Features of Different Ranking Systems; Rankings for Higher Education Institutions in India; National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF); Methodology of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF); Types of Ranking Framework for Higher Education Institutions; Conclusion

12. ICT in Use

Use of Technology in the Education Sector; Edu Tech—The Future; EduTech—The Future of Indian Education; Technology – A Way Forward for Indian Education; Technology is Evolving; IT and ICT Initiatives by Indian government; Technology in Schools; Government Support to ICT in Education; Barriers in Technology Use; Initiatives for Quality Improvement; Other Quality Improvement


13. Employability of Educands

Employability Skills; Present Scenario of Unemployment; Reasons for Low Employability of Higher Educands in India; Measures to Adopt for Increasing Employability of Higher Educands

14. Environmental Education

Concept of Environmental Education; Key Concepts in Environment Education; Environment (Protection) Act; Status of

Environmental Education in India

15. Vocational Education and Training

Bases for Vocational Selection; Problems of Vocational Education in the Present Education System; What Needs to be Done?; National Education Policy 2020 — A Fresh Approach to Vocational Education; Role of Universities in Imparting Vocational Education and Training; Vocational Education and Training in India; Importance of Vocational Education and Training; Incorporating Vocational Education and Training within Mainstream by the University (NKC, 2008); Basics of Vocational Education Training; Major Challenges and Issues in Vocational Education and Training; Problem Areas in Present Vocational Education and Training System; Government Initiatives: National Vocational Qualification Framework; Recommendations regarding Vocational Education; Benefits of Vocational Training; Conclusion

16. Women Education Perspective

Importance of Women Education; National Policy on Education 1986; Women Empowerment; Factors of Gender Inequality in Higher Education; Blocks to Female Participation in Higher Education; Towards Gender Equality; High Priority to Gender Equality in National Policy on Education; Constitutional Position; Literacy Rate — Trends since Independence; Distance Education

17. Distance Education: Creation of Educational Opportunities  

Who Offer Distance Education; Benefits of Distance Education; Aims and Objectives; Whom do the Distance Education Institutions Serve?; Distance Courses; Student Support Services; Use of Technology; Promotion, Coordination, and Maintenance of Standards; Research in Distance Education; Reforms in Distance Education; Effective Operation; Reforming Distance Education

18. Academia-Industry Interaction  

Benefits of Industry-Academia Interaction; Recent Initiatives of CII in Industry-Academia Linkages; Suggested Modes of Industry-Academia Linkages

19. Commissions and Committees on Critical Issues  

Expansion and Research; Reform and Improvement in Higher Education; NPE, 1986 and POA, 1992; Privatisation and Private Higher Education NPE, 1986 and POA, 1986




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