Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP)

The Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Human Resource Development has come out with an five-year vision plan named Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP).

The vision plan has been prepared after a detailed exercise done by the Experts covering the following ten areas:

  • Strategies for expanding access.
  • Towards global best teaching/learning process.
  • Promoting Excellence.
  • Governance reforms.
  • Assessment, Accreditation & Ranking systems.
  • Promotion of research & innovation.
  • Employability & entrepreneurship.
  • Using Technology for better reach.
  • Financing higher education.

The Vision plan which consists of more than 50 initiatives to transform the higher education environment sets the following goals:

  • Double the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education and resolve the geographically and socially skewed access to higher education institutions in India
  • Upgrade the quality of education to global standards.
  • Position at least 50 Indian institutions among the top-1000 global universities.
  • Introduce governance reforms in higher education for well-administered campuses.
  • Accreditation of all institutions as an assurance of quality.
  • Promote Research & Innovation ecosystems for positioning India in the Top-3 countries in the world in matters of knowledge creation
  • Double the employability of the students passing out of higher education.
  • Harness education technology for expanding the reach and improving pedagogy.
  • Promote India as a global study destination.
  • Achieve a quantum increase in investment in higher education.

The vision plan would be placed before the cabinet for approval after inter-departmental consultations.

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