Research Institute to become multi-disciplinary like IIT and IIMs

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The Union Ministry of Education has planned to set up a multi-disciplinary Education and Research University (MERU) on the lines of IITs, IIMs for which the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) note has been prepared.

“The expenditure finance committee (EFC) note incorporating the provisions of Multi-Disciplinary Education and Research University (MERU) has been prepared about the National Higher Education Campaign (RUSA),” an official of the ministry.

He said that the provisions of the new National Education Policy have been incorporated in this regard. It has been mentioned in the proposal of the new National Education Policy. These universities proposed for higher education will be called Multidisciplinary Education and Research Universities (MERUs). In the future, the goal is to make them the level of universities of the Ivy League of America. Multi-disciplinary research and education will be emphasized in these institutions.

These universities will have departments like language, literature, music, philosophy, ideology art, dance, theatre education, mathematics, statistics, pure and applied sciences, sociology, economics and sports.

Significantly, the new education policy emphasizes the overall multidisciplinary education system. It envisages setting up the best multi-disciplinary education model in the form of IITs, IIMs as Multidisciplinary Education and Research Universities (MERUs) in line with global standards to encourage multidisciplinary education.

Under this, emphasis has been laid on transforming higher education institutions into resource-rich, dynamic multi-disciplinary institutions through providing high-quality education, research and community participation. It envisages converting higher educational institutions into multi-disciplinary education centres in the coming years.

Under the new National Education Policy, the Ministry of Education has targeted to increase the gross enrollment rate at the level of higher education to 50 per cent by the year 2035 so that the National Higher Education Campaign (RUSA) scheme can be strengthened.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, in a review meeting of the National Higher Education Campaign recently, asked the officials to strengthen the RUSA scheme and formulate a plan to educate an additional 3.5 crore students at the level of higher education. It is worth noting that at present the Gross Enrollment Rate (GER) at the level of higher education is around 26 per cent The Ministry has also emphasized oinking education in Degree College with “the One District, One Product” scheme.

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