Govt to connect higher education institutes

At least 15 million college students pursuing higher education will be able to share information, lab experiments and classroom content as the Union cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to connect 572 universities, 25,000 colleges and 2,000 polytechnics as part of its mission to promote technology usage in higher education. This approval will merge the National Knowledge Network, promoted by the erstwhile National Knowledge Commission, and the National Mission on Education through Information Communication and Technology (NMEICT). Since 2009, only 11,600 colleges have got Internet connectivity—a success rate of 47%, according to data from the human resource development ministry. States that have benefited include Haryana,Punjab, Kerala and Karnataka.Once seamless connectivity is established, students will have complete access to the e-content being generated under NMEICT.

source: November 2, 2011 I New DelhiI Prashant K Nanda I Mint


Upgrade Skill via vocational education

September 29, 2011 Mint

The shift from physical capital to human skills as an imperative part of economic growth is evident now. As policy makers concern about how to skill the Indian youth, various research only reveal what is ground realty. According to a recent survey conducted by FICCI-Ernst & Young, even though over 40 million get jobs annually.