The Government of India has issued a new circular to all government-run colleges in the country, saying they should offer a Bachelor’s Degree.
The circular was issued on January 5, 2017.
“If you are planning to enter the field of Government-run and private sector colleges, you will have to ensure that you are eligible for admission to all the government-level courses available in the colleges,” the circular said.
It further said that the Government of Pakistan is also encouraging people to take the government degree, saying it was an easy-to-complete and attractive programme.
In a letter to the President of Pakistan, the Prime Minister had said, “It is a great idea to encourage more people to get the government degrees as it can be a way to help your country get the jobs it needs”.
The Government of Canada, a NATO ally, issued similar circulars in 2016 and 2017.
The President of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, also issued a circular in January, 2017, which said the government school system has a good reputation for offering education to the people.
Bangladesh has also been issuing circulars and guidance to all public sector colleges in 2017, including the Directorate of Higher Education, which is responsible for educating students in the public sector.
Meanwhile, the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development said in a statement on January 4, 2017 that it had issued a notification to all colleges, universities and educational institutions in the Indian subcontinent.
There was no immediate response from the government in the matter.
“We have asked the Government to consider the circulars issued by the government colleges and to issue instructions to the Government colleges,” a senior official at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Rajiv Kumar Singh, told the Hindustan Times.
He added that the government was also looking at the possibility of setting up a separate national university for the study of government courses.
(The Indian government) has already started setting up separate universities for government courses in universities in the subcontent.