June 29, 2019

The Department of Higher Education of HRD Ministry has finalized and released a five-year vision plan named Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP).


  • Background: This was done in accordance with the decision of the Prime Minister for finalizing a five-year vision plan for each Ministry.

  • Goals: It sets the following goals for higher education sector –
    • Double the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education

    • Position at least 50 Indian institutions among the top-1000 global universities

    • Accreditation of all institutions as an assurance of quality

    • Promote Research & Innovation ecosystems for positioning India in the Top-3 countries in the world in matters of knowledge creation

    • Double the employability of the students passing out of higher education

    • Promote India as a global study destination

    • Achieve a quantum increase in investment in higher education

  • Way ahead: The proposal would now be taken for inter-departmental consultations and appraisal through the EFC mechanism before being taken to Cabinet for approval.