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Directorate of Higher Education Uttarakhand

Directorate of higher education was established in the Uttarakhand in July, 2001 and 45 posts were created in it. At present, the directorate is running in the building of Govt. Girls Degree College Haldwani. The process of construction of its own building is ongoing. At the time of the establishment of Directorate there were only 34 Government degree colleges in the state whereas at present this number has reached up to 70. In addition to this, there are 16 aided colleges. Besides, the number of self-financed degree colleges and institutions are constantly increasing. Obviously, the increasing number of colleges in the state as well as emphasis on the quality of higher education led to the increase in administrative and supervisory work of the directorate manifold. Presently, higher education is undergoing tremendous changes both at national and international level with new challenges and liberalization process on the one hand and increasing awareness & aspiration of the society for higher education on the other, putting heavy pressure on presently available infrastructure and manpower. The department of higher education of this new state of Uttarakhand is also having the same set of problems and challenges as are faced at national level. Predominantly being a hilly state, various constraints are obvious in imparting higher education. Given the ample potential of information and communication technology in the state, higher education department has opportunities to provide access to qualitative higher education at the lowest possible cost. Moreover, there is urgent need for skill development of students enrolled in higher education in diverse areas of vocations in the context of growing irrelevance of conventional courses and observed un-employability of graduates/postgraduates. In addition, there is skill deficit in emerging areas in the country which provides huge potential of employment opportunities. Therefore, vocationalisation of higher education is a priority area of investment for the state. Providing basic minimum infrastructure for newly established colleges and strengthening the facilities, including expansion of subjects and ensuring the availability of faculties are accorded priority. During the previous five year plan, higher education has grown in a remarkable way. In this changed scenario, higher education system is considered as a powerful tool to build a knowledge- based society (KBS) as envisaged in the vision of India to become a developed country by 2020. There is also a need to address quality in higher education in the light of regional, economic, social, cultural and linguistic disparities so that the factors of demand and quality may be balanced. .