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Access and Equity Aspects of Higher Education in Jeopardy

An assessment of the draft National Education Policy 2019 is undertaken in this article in reference to the gross enrolment ratio. The draft policy does not review the current situation in higher education and in the light of past policy documents. It needs to focus on the access and equity aspects of higher education since these areas have not received the required attention.


The draft National Education Policy 2019 (DNEP 2019) has been prepared by the committee constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, under the chairmanship of K Kasturirangan. The section on higher education (Part II) is covered by Chapters 9 to 18. The main thrust as stated in Chapter 9 is “moving higher education into large multidisciplinary universities and colleges, each of which will aim to have upwards of 5,000 or more students.” As per the stated objectives, this will address many problems in higher education, most notably, “efficiency of use of resources and of resource sharing, both material and human, across higher education.”

This article is confined to assessing the impact of the stated policy thrust on the objectives of access and equity as advocated by the Eleventh (2007–12) and Twelfth (2012–17) Five Year Plans. This is imperative, since the DNEP 2019 is conspicuously devoid of any concrete review of the present situation and previous policy documents.

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Updated On : 30th Aug, 2019
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