AICTE Vice-Chairman Prof M P Punia said, “This is an important initiative of the Ministry of Education in the field of higher education, which will benefit about 40 million students.
Vidyanjali Higher Education Volunteer Program launched
In the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP), the Ministry of Education of the Central Government has started a program to strengthen the academic, training and infrastructure in the higher education system of the country. The ‘Vidyanjali Higher Education Volunteer Program’ has been started by the Ministry of Education with the aim of creating a group of volunteers.
An official of the ministry said that both volunteers and institutions can register in this program prepared in collaboration with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Its purpose is to provide support to students, teachers and institutions at the level of higher education in which the community, private and public sector, voluntary institutions, overseas Indians, people of Indian origin etc. can participate.
Must register first
Volunteers and institutions have to first register for Vidyanjali Higher Education Volunteer Program. For this, one has to go to vidyanjali.education.gov.in. This will be informed by the Ministry of Education. After this, after discussing directly with the concerned higher educational institutions, you can talk about the contribution based on your knowledge and skills. Volunteers can also help by donating equipment and materials to the respective institutions.
When asked about this, AICTE Vice President Prof M P Punia said, “This is an important initiative of the Ministry of Education in the field of higher education, which will benefit about 40 million students. The combined efforts of the government and society will strengthen the efforts of self-reliant India in the education sector.
Who can participate?
Through this program people from the Indian community spread across the world, young professionals, retired/working teachers and officers, students from various fields including postgraduate (PG) or PhD level volunteers can connect with higher educational institutions.
As per the programme, interested volunteers will inform the institutes about their skills and specific services. Institutions will also give information about their needs. Under this, 27 types of academic activities have been identified. This includes cooperation in infrastructure development, classroom tools for teachers, and digital infrastructure support. Apart from this, cooperation can also be done in civil and electrical infrastructure.