India’s higher education sector is over-regulated and needs a complete shake up, IANS has reported quoting Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Friday.
“Over-regulation needs to be completely scrapped. We should be facilitators instead of being inspectors. We are working to create an easy and simple regulatory framework,” said Kant, releasing the 100th issue of “Careers360”, a magazine educating children on the challenges of higher education.
Kant said that many of the problems relating to the sector stemmed from the fact that education was termed as not-for-profit.
Transparency would be ushered in once changes were made to the policy framework whereby institutions could make decent profit which could be ploughed back to the sector, he said.
“There is no such thing called ‘not-for-profit’ as such. The objective should be to generate profit, which could be re-invested,” he said.
Kant added that India needs to expand the higher education sector for which there is a need for good institutions.
“India must create an ecosystem, which should be able to a attract vast numbers of students,” he said.