In the present globalized world, India’s aspiration for economic success and modernization is founded on a mediocre higher education system. India requires highly trained professionals that only an excellent higher education system can provide. Bridging this gap is particularly pertinent to Karnataka; it has the potential to become an education hub for the country with its present higher education system. To do so Karnataka must foster a higher education ecosystem that is inclusive of all institution types: universities, university-like institutions, colleges, schools, and vocational institutions. The vision, mission, and objectives of these institutions have to be differentiated based on their focus, and an integrated as a network to create a vibrant ecosystem.
In this context, the Ramaiah Public policy center (RPPC) in collaboration with the Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) conducted a workshop on “A World-Class Higher Education System for Karnataka: A Research Project to Map and Analyze the Landscape of Karnataka’s Knowledge Ecology” on March 16th, 2019. About ninety Vice Chancellors, Registrars, and Academic Deans of Karnataka’s universities attended the workshop. Initiating the event, Sri Anil Kumar (IAS), Additional Chief Secretary to Government of Karnataka, Department of Education (Higher Education) conveyed the concerns over lack of appropriate education policies on the ground. Dr Arkalgud Ramprasad, Director, RPPC, and Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago presented the details of the research project. The event provided a platform to discuss the state of higher education in Karnataka and the execution of the proposed research project to develop a world-class higher education system for Karnataka.