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UGC Sets Ambitious Target to Raise Gross Enrollment Ratio to 50% by 2035

M Jagadesh Kumar, the chairperson of the University Grants agency (UGC), stated on Saturday that the agency has set a goal for itself to raise the gross enrollment ratio in the nation to 50% by 2035.

“Today, we have nearly 26 crore students in the school system. Of them, just four crore reach the higher education system. The rest of them dropout. We must ensure that those students also gain high quality higher education, skill education and vocational education so that they can become vehicles of social transformation. This is the reason why we have set a goal for ourselves that by 2035 we must achieve a gross enrolment ratio of 50%. It will be based on the NEP-2020 mandate of learning outcome based, personalized education and at a mass scale,” Kumar said at the 13th convocation of ICFAI Foundation of Higher Education (IFHE) held here.

2,488 students received degrees at the event, and the UGC chairman presented 35 students with gold medals. He also emphasized that the pupils would soon have to cope with gender discrimination, a lack of opportunity for women, inflation, and climate change as real-world problems. Professor CR Rao received a posthumous honorary doctorate from the institute as well. ISRO chairman S Somanath was also honoured.

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Source: TOI

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