Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Shashi Tharoor on Friday said that the government will launch the campaign in the form of ‘Rashtra Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (national higher education campaign)’.
    
Noting that the government is concerned with the low rate of enrolment in higher education, he said that the national campaign will provide incentives to states to improve institutes of higher learning.
    
"The objective is to improve the enrolment rate in higher education by 30 percent by 2020," Tharoor said at the Gen Next Workforce Summit 2013 - Capacity Building for Transformation and Innovation.
    
On the present enrolment ratio, he said that in primary education, the enrolment is 116 percent but by class eight, it drops to 69 percent. By class XI, it drops further to 39 percent and by university level, it is just about 18 percent.
    
Under the campaign, the government proposes the setting up of 374 model degree colleges in districts which are educationally backward, Tharoor said.
    
The minister said that the country's educational system is currently flexible and integrated taking in diverse subjects and in this regard referred to the launch of four-year undergraduate degree programmes at Delhi University.

(Agencies)

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