New Delhi: Even if the year 2011 has not been pleasant for the government as the proposed legal reforms in the education sector failed to mark its presence, the Centre is once again gearing up to bring qualitative reforms in this sector.

According to sources, the Ministry of Human Resource & Development has formulated a roadmap for the 12th Five Year Plan in a bid to ensure better and qualitative education system in the country.

Subsequently, the Budget 2012-13 is likely to focus largely on the education sector.

While the 11th Five Year Plan laid stress on the expansion of education system across the country, the 12th Five Year Plan will mainly focus on promoting research and development, professional education and information technology.

Even after the efforts of the government to open universities and colleges like the IITs, NITs and IIMs across the country to facilitate higher education succeeded, the condition of high level research studies remain deplorable. Hence, a large share of the financial budget is expected to be concentrated upon promoting research work in the country.

The government is mulling over setting up Research Park in this direction, sources said.

Along with promoting research, the government aims at developing higher education with due concentration to professional studies.

In this direction, the HRD ministry has recently launched the ‘National Vocational Education Qualification Framework (NVEQF)’ which will be implemented in polytechnics, engineering colleges and other colleges across the country from 2012-13. The expansion of e-connectivity in the colleges and universities is also among the top most agenda of the government this year.

Apart from the fund allocated to the education sector in the upcoming budget, the proposed reforms are likely to witness Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Sources also claimed that the government has many plans in its offing to boost the performance of students like scholarships, financial assistance, easy loan system and others.

As per the figures for 2011-12 fiscal, a total amount of Rs 13, 103 crore was allocated for promoting higher education. Out of the total money, Rs 5, 660 crore was granted for technical education, Rs 5, 252 crore for University Grants Commission and Rs 943 crore was granted for developing the Information & Communication Technology sector.

Large amount of financial assistance to the education sector is expected in the upcoming Budget of 2012-13.