The Kerala State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) has embarked on a maiden higher education survey in the State.
The All Kerala Higher Education Survey (AKHES), which will cover all higher education institutions in the State, has been modelled on the All India Survey of Higher Education. The aim of the council is to address the non-availability of authentic data on higher education. The dearth in comprehensive data has been a major hindrance in the formulation of policies in the sector and allocating funds on the basis of performance.
A dedicated portal has been launched on the KSHEC website for all stakeholders to submit a wide array of details, including basic details of institutions, teachers, non-teaching staff, courses, student enrolment, examinations, results, financial information pertaining to receipt and expenditure, availability of infrastructure, scholarships, loans, accreditation and social inclusiveness. The portal-based survey, which has been envisaged as an annual exercise, is currently based on information pertaining to the 2018-19 fiscal.
As part of the survey, the higher education institutions will be categorised as universities, colleges and standalone institutions. Besides gathering basic details of each institution, the survey will also enable the government to ascertain the broad indicators of educational development such as institution density, gross enrolment, pupil-teacher ratio and gender parity index. Such data are expected to make informed policy decisions and facilitate research for development of the sector.
The survey platform will also enable collection of data required for other initiatives in the sector, including the Chancellor’s Award, Kairali Research Award for research scholars, Brain Gain scheme aimed at attracting academics and researchers to the State and Academic Volunteer Bank that has been envisaged as an interface for researchers, academicians, industrialists and eminent personalities of any field to offer their expertise for the academic development of the State.