‘Private sector has a big role to play in higher education’ says Thapar University Director

India’s position in the emerging world of globally interlinked economies will largely be governed by how successful it will be in overcoming the limitations of its education system. A sound education system is the genesis of sustained growth, and these proportions become even more sensitive, intense and responsibility-driven when catering to ‘higher education’.


India's higher education system is the third largest in the world, but the country still lacks universities of international fame and excellence like Harvard, Cambridge, and Oxford. The higher education sector in India is plagued with many challenges.


The number of institutes and number of students enrolled have improved in the last few years but these are not consistent with the global ratios for gross enrollment ratio (GER), or the percentage of students enrolling into higher education institutes each year after high school. The government apparently has a vision to increase this to 30 percent by the year 2020. The average GER ratio worldwide is considered to be 30% and India is lagging behind at a dismal 19%.


There is a chronic shortage of faculty, the quality of teaching is poor and the curricula and pedagogy are outdated and rigid. Lack of accountability is making the situation worse. Between 30% and 40% of departmental positions in Indian universities are vacant. There are serious constraints when it comes to enhancing research capacity. With a very low level of PhD enrolment, India does not have enough high-quality researchers. We have a weak ecosystem for innovation and low levels of industry engagement.


Much of the state of higher education in our country can be attributed to the system of governance and regulation. The system of command and control implicit in the functioning of universities is unworkable and does not promote accountability. The other cause of poor governance is the system of affiliating colleges to the university, which yields revenue for the university through fees. This makes universities bulky entities.

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Thapar University

The treatment of FDI in education has been worse. Though the government had to allow FDI in education because of its commitment to General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), this has only been a token commitment.

The treatment of FDI in education has been worse. Though the government had to allow FDI in education because of its commitment to General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), this has only been a token commitment. The government’s insistence of setting fees to be charged by educational institutions and deciding on their curricula has deterred many quality educational institutions from setting up branches in India.

The Government should play an active role in creating an environment where private education providers can contribute significantly to give an impetus to higher education. Government and regulator should encourage sharing of resources manifested through initiatives like joint professorship positions and shared labs for optimum utilization of resources. We should focus more on output, outcome and impact rather than converging endlessly on the input side of the education value chain.


Government should encourage globally acknowledged accreditations, which spell out value in varied and universal terms. In fact, the government can consider instituting a policy that automatically grants national accreditation to a university/institute, which manages to get the grant of highest and globally respected accreditations.


Government and regulator should support collaborations with top foreign universities and provide approval or validity for joint or dual degree programs with these universities. This will lead to an organic transfer of intellectual capital and practices from reputed universities of the world to Indian institutions. Consequently, such collaborations will result in higher levels of professionalism and global standards of excellence.


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does thapar take admission after one year gap after 12

Ashish pal Student Expert 16th Sep, 2019

Hello Rishu.

Yes Thapar University Patiala Punjab takes admission after one year gap after 12th. As you have three chances in JEE mains and Thapar University takes admission on the basis of JEE mains examination. You have to really score good marks in JEE mains for admission into Patiala University.

Ok good luck


Can any one guide on BTech Mechatronics from Thapar University. How is the lab/practical exposure, how are placements, whats Jee cutoff?

Gehna Chawla 2nd Sep, 2019


B.E. Mechatronics Engineering has it's own benefits, you can explore variety of jobs options, almost every industry requires mechtronics engineers. Also mechatronics benefits you as you also get to learn about some technological parts electrical engineering.

Branch is new,so placement may be not as good compare to mechanical.

Since Thapar university published only number of companies and placement offer so we will provide you expected information.

In 2017-2018:

No of companies visited- 298

Total offer for students- 961

You can visit this link as well https://engineering.careers360.com/exams/jee-main

Thankyou, I hope it helps, feel  free to approach for further queries


Heard a lot about Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology and I wanted to know that how is the faculty of the institute?

Rohan Mehra 9th Oct, 2019

The faculties are really Good as per i know, There are many best teachers that i have come across in my 2 years of thapar university. So, Ya Thapar had good faculty members. :-)


Which facilities does Thapar offer in its campus? and what are their rankings?

Muskan yadav Student Expert 22nd Aug, 2019

Hello there, 

Thappar institute of engineering and technology has facilities like girls hostel, boys hostel, gym, library, cafeteria, wifi, auditorium and much more. It is ranked 23th amongst top 100 engineering institutions of the country as declared by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).

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All the best!!!!! 


How is Hostel Infrastructure and Food Facilities in Thapar Institute?

Jhilmil Yadav 17th Sep, 2019

The infrastructure of Thapar is amazing. It provides A1 quality of accommodation and food facilities to the students. Along with that, it has great societies because of which you will never get bored in the college. You can always participate in the societies along with your studies. Ofcourse, It is easy to manage studies with a little fun in college life!

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