The University Grants Commission has developed a portal to track the qualitative reforms by the higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country. The portal – Undertaking Transformative Strategies and Actions in Higher Education (UTSAH), to be launched by the end of February to monitor the implementation of NEP 2020
in the HEIs, according to the Commission has been developed in consultations with the stakeholders comprising institutions, universities, colleges, IITs, NITs, and INIs. All HEIs shall be required to log in to the portal and furnish information on the various activities under the umbrella of the ten thrust areas. UGC will also generate a monthly report from the same.
“This portal is expected to effectively track and support the implementation of the National Education Policy, 2020 and its strategic initiatives across the country’s HEIs,” said M Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson, UGC.
The portal will gather information from the HEIs in 10 major thrust areas which include multidisciplinary; digital empowerment and online education; skill development and employability; research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; promotion of Indian languages and Indian Knowledge Systems and internationalization of education.
The Commission has identified key performance indicators (KPIs) for each thrust area, and the activities targeted to achieve these KPIs have also been enumerated, such as “Under multidisciplinary and holistic education, the KPIs include adopting academic bank of credits, multiple entry and exit, multidisciplinary programmes…” and “Internationalisation of education includes details of academic collaborations between Indian and foreign HEIs leading to twinning, joint and dual degrees, the establishment of office for international affairs, and alumni connect.”
Using the all India survey of higher education (AISHE) code, the HEIs shall be required to log in to the portal and furnish information on the various activities under the umbrella of the ten thrust areas. “UGC will generate a monthly report; hence the HEIs shall be requested to update the information regularly on the portal. The portal will be open 365 days, 24X7, so the HEIs can upload the information at their convenience,” said Kumar.
Stating that the data generated via the UTSAH portal
will be helpful for the purpose of policymaking within and outside the government, Kumar added, “Information related to higher education has always been in demand by policymakers, students, and researchers globally. The timely, reliable, and authentic information is the backbone of effective and informed policy formulation for social and economic development.”