The genesis of this section is a session for the FICCI annual Higher Education Summit, 2012. The brief for the session, titled Powering the Higher Education System through Information and Analytics, at FICCI on November 6, 2012 (3.15 PM-4.30 PM) is as follows:
Information about the education system can benefit many stakeholders. For students and parents it would offer the ability to make informed choices. For government and other sponsors, it would provide the basis for effective evaluation and decision-making. For employers, it would act as an indicator of excellence or relevance. For institutions it will provide a way to publicise their advancement and learn from benchmarks.
International practices in this area have also recognized the power of information to promote greater open-ness, accountability and informed choice. Furthermore, existing regulations as well as new proposed legislation like the Prohibition of Unfair Practices Bill and the National Academic Depositories Bill, among others, need a comprehensive information ecosystem to function effectively.
In this session we shall review the various facets of information in the Higher Education system, the sources of this information, implementation of capture & validation mechanisms, our specific challenges/requirements and the applications of this information for decision-making, evaluation and other purposes.
We shall also review some of the existing national and international practices for such information capture and dissemination. Finally, we shall deliberate specific measures that can be suggested in the context of the Indian Education system.
- Dr. H A Ranganath (Director, NAAC) – Chairperson
- Dr. Dinesh Paliwal (Member Secretary, NBA)
- Prof. Pankaj Jalote (Director, IIT-Delhi)
- Prof. Sudhanshu Bhushan (NUEPA)
- Ms. Deepti Dutt (Senior Manager – Process & Operations,Unique Identification Authority of India, UIDA)
- Mr. Ambrish Singh (Vice President and Head-Sales, Shiksha.com)
- Mr. Milind Kamat (Vice-President & Country Head, India, Ellucian)
- Dr. Trey Miller (Associate Economist at the RAND Corporation)
The specific areas that we are discussing are:
- review of the various facets of information in the Higher Education system (student, teacher, performance, demographic etc categories)
- identifying the sources of this information
- implementation of capture & validation mechanisms
- applications of this information for decision making, evaluation and other purposes
We are trying to highlight specific challenges/requirements in the context of:
- regulation (current and proposed) led requirements for information
- international best practices
- emerging needs of students and decision makers in a rapidly expanding education space in India
Discussion is also expected on points such as:
- Identify the key challenges or gaps in the current information identification, gathering and collection process
- Identify potential solutions that can be discussed, including potentially role of private sector agencies working in PPP mode and any best practices that you are aware of
- Identifying any prior research/report that exists on this topic
- Information could be for research, for policy making and for actionable use by end users
- We must worry about the political economy within which the information is expected to be made available and used/consumed
- If information is made available, then what action must be taken on its basis (and why is action-taking deficient)?
- Must we educate all stakeholders including policy makers on how to use the information already available? Are there formal techniques here? How do we build capability?
- Are PPP models the panacea if regulation that mandates data submission by public and private players is the key bottleneck?
- Can a few national players actually execute the processes required?
- Do we need standards like ISCED by UNESCO? What can we learn from initiatives elsewhere?
- Possible solutions include investing in Ed Statistics in a focused manner and developing capabilities in this area. Also need strong leadership.
- Use of Aadhar for a better integrated view of data that can help a variety of end users
- Providing Aadhar as a means of accessing services and data seamlessly
- Learning from processes followed by UIDAI for large scale data collection
Please feel free to raise questions, contribute resources and respond to discussions on this page.