India may ask universities to double enrolment by 2017

April 10, 2012

To produce greater numbers of qualified job-seekers to feed a growing economy, some Indian universities may have to double their student intake in the next 5 years, with students per acre of university campus serving as a measure of efficiency. The University Grants Commission (UGC), which regulates PSE in India, says the majority of 556 universities do not enrol enough students despite their large campuses. In a document that seeks to chart the course of university education in India, UGC says a 100% intake increase is feasible in 30 central universities. Any plan that looks at just boosting numbers is "ridiculous," says a former vice-chancellor of the University of Delhi. "Authorities should not equate number with quality, though we understand that a service economy needs to get enough human capital to sustain the growth rate," he says; however, he is in favour of compact universiti es, stating that "there should be a maximum utilization of resources." Mint