Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu wants improvement in the gross enrollment ratio in higher education which sadly stands at 27% now.
He congratulated the toppers and gold medallists at the 54th annual convocation of Bangalore University. He delivered the speech in Kannada and English. He cited the National Knowledge Commission’s report which indicates that India’s gross enrollment ratio in higher education stands at a low 27% when compared to US’s 85.8% and China’s 43.4%.
Figures can be “a telling indicator of our underutilised potential in higher education,” he added. He also mentioned that there is a need of improvement in massive open online courses (MOOCs), distance education, etc.
“The digital revolution must make possible the wider accessibility of higher education for all and greater emphasis has to be accorded to a skill-based education by incorporating a three-pronged strategy of ‘skill, re-skill and un-skill’ as well as ‘learn, relearn and unlearn’,” he stated.