Bhopal, Mar 26
New records have been set in the field of higher education during the one-year tenure of the state government. Despite Corona crisis, students were kept virtually connected to education. Madhya Pradesh became the first state in the country to have conducted examinations for undergraduate and postgraduate classes through open book system. later on including west Bengal other states of the country followed it.
Suggestions were taken from experts in the fields of literature, science, industry, commerce, agriculture, etc. to implement the National Education Policy in Madhya Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh will be the first state in the country to implement the National Education Policy from July-2021 as per the wish of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Action was taken for academic qualitative upgradation in universities and colleges through 20 components under Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh. This includes building construction, smart class-room and virtual learning facility, construction of integrated portal, strengthening information technology, establishment of distance learning centres in colleges, formation of entrepreneurship cells etc.
The Department of Higher Education is conducting constant reviews to provide quality education and better facilities to students. Strategies are being made to make innovations in the field of higher education. The limit of expenditure was raised to Rs one crore from Rs 50 lakh under public participation for the development of colleges. Under this head, individuals are being encouraged to make donations. Chief Minister Chouhan will honour people who donate Rs five lakh or more.
Permission has been given to start 44 new non-government colleges and 4 new private universities in the last one year. Model laboratories of 18 colleges have been upgraded with an amount of Rs 263 lakh and 25 colleges with an amount of Rs 192 lakh for library development. Under the college development schemes, 14 buildings have been completed out of 117 construction works being undertaken at a cost of Rs 96 crore.
More than 1200 course-based audio / video lectures were made available online to the students through YouTube. About 14 lakh 58 thousand students were granted online admission at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. As many as 18 lakh candidates appeared through the open-book examination system.
About 19 thousand students of government colleges benefitted from the short-term employment-oriented training provided under Swami Vivekananda Career Guidance Scheme. As many as 200 colleges were chosen and a training placement cell was set up for the formation of planning and entrepreneurship cells. About 97 thousand students received benefits under Gaon ki Beti Yojana, Pratibha Kiran Yojana, Integrated / Sanskrit Scholarship, scheme for distribution of free books and stationery to SC / ST students.
Construction of 20 buildings was completed at a cost of Rs 260 crores under World Bank project. Buildings of 29 colleges built under the heads of RUSA, World Bank Project and the state were dedicated. Administrative approval of Rs 767 crore for essential amenities in these college buildings was granted. A provision of Rs 206 crore has been made for the construction of buildings of 9 colleges, 600 study rooms in 73 colleges and 45 new buildings.
An MoU was signed between Higher Education Department and Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University to give employment-oriented incentives to students and establish quality study centers in 136 colleges. Centers of excellence and incubation centers were set up in Madhya Pradesh Knowledge Corporation and Universities. The process of introducing agriculture, horticulture, veterinary and tourism courses in government colleges and universities and useful certificate and diploma courses as per demand is in progress. Arrangements have been made for portal, digital repository, digital locker, learning management system etc..
Virtual learning and smart classroom facilities in 200 government colleges and information technology infrastructure in 100 higher education institutions in the state are being strengthened. Online learning management and human resource management system was developed apart from rationalization of college, faculty and posts and arrangement of online evaluation certificate for departmental officer-employees. Powers to approve pension cases were given to college principals. Efforts are being made to include creation of Integrated Portal, teaching, training policy for Directorate of Higher Education and Colleges, A-grade for 52 colleges and A-Plus grade for 20 colleges and higher education institutions in the first 100 institutions of NIRF.