The University Grant Commission (UGC) has prepared a framework for the proposed National Higher Education Campaign. Under this programme, UGC will focus on opening degree colleges in districts on the lines of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to improve higher education.
After failing to open 374 model degree colleges in backward districts across the country in 11th Plan, the government is now exploring new ideas to improve higher education. According to proposal, the idea of opening new degree colleges in remote areas will be merged with this new programme. Initiative to construct new universities will also be made.
To meet out financial burden on opening these colleges, it is proposed to share expenses in 75:25 between central and state government respectively. Whereas, the share ratio for those states accorded with special status may be 90:10. However, the state governments will be solely responsible for allotting free land for the colleges.
The government is hopeful that this initiative would help in bridging the regional imbalance in higher education. Before taking any final decision on the project, government will consult Higher Education Ministers of states on April 13.