Department of  Higher Education

 

The Higher & Technical Education was a part of the erstwhile Department of Education.With effect from 1st May,1983, a separate Department was formed for Higher & Technical Education. Later on, the Technical Education was detached from Higher Education from 1st October,2004. Vide Govt’s letter No.AR-15/1/85 Dt.27.11.2008 , an office memorandum was issued to merge back the Technical Education with Higher Education. However, following the letter No.CMN/71(A) ITTE/2009 Dt.15.01.2009, the proposal merger has not taken place so far at the Directorate level. 

The Department of Higher Education is responsible for evolving general policy for Higher Education in the State. Therefore, it liaises in this regard with Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education. The Department is concerned with perspective planning and policy formulation for Collegiate Education. For this the Department co-ordinates and consults the University Grants Commission, the Nagaland University and other Universities in the country 

State Education Committee – The State Education Committee (SEC) is the highest policy making body of the Department.  The SEC consist of  the Minister of Higher Education as the Chairman,  the Commissioner, Higher Education  as the Secretary and the Director, Higher Education as member.  The other members are drawn from Finance,School Education,Planning,SCERT & Technical Education . Apart from the distribution of Grants in Aid to Private Colleges and recognized Theological Colleges, matters relating to grant of  No Objection Certificates to open Private Secular Colleges  , permission to open Theological Colleges  and other important policy matters are decided by the SEC.

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Grant-in-aid scheme-

In Nagaland, there are 51 Colleges, out of which 38  are under private management. Out of about 29,000 College students enrolled  during 2009-10, the private colleges cater to the educational needs of nearly 20,000 students. Through the grant-in aid scheme, financial assistance is extended to them as well as to the Theological Colleges. Colleges are given aid annually according to their enrolment, performance in the University exams and other yardsticks. Activities of student bodies in the form of conferences, seminars and workshops are patronized through this scheme. on rare occasion, even individuals who are involved in the promotion of education are also covered under this scheme depending on the availability of fund. From 2009-10, the amount has been increased from 1.65 lakhs to 2.65 lakhs. 

Budget:

 The total budget  of the Department of Higher Education during 2009-10 is Rs.3862.48 lakhs.  Out of this Rs.1196.00 lakhs is under Plan and Rs.2666.48 Lakhs is under Non – Plan.

                                                                                     Last updated on 16th June 2010