Karnataka stands at the fifth highest contributor to the country's GDP making it a thriving hub of finance and economics. From the many sectors affecting the contribution, education is one of the key sectors which yield half of the GSDP.
With over 3000 institutes in total comprising of 22 state universities, 2 private universities, 18 deemed universities, one central university and one institution of national importance; Karnataka stands as the first State to privatize higher education in the country creating an opportunity of a kind to have skill based form of learning as privatization injects new methodologies training students more than the government institutions. On the other hand, the state attracts FDI, due to its industrial base in Bangalore and thereby is a hub for employment eventually increasing the GSDP. However, the numerous national organizations and MNC's present in the state require employees with a certain skill sets. The skill sets are expected to be provided by institutes adapted in their curriculum time-to-time according to the industry requirements which these institutes lack behind after a certain extent.
The skill sets required is not the only element that has to be added but involves a lot more infrastructural changes which needs to be formulated and followed. On the eve of the New Educational Policy in India where the central government aims to make India a knowledge superpower by equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge and to eliminate the shortage of manpower in science, technology, academics and industry promoting employability. Seeking a global based quality education, attempt of incorporating various features happens to be sought after by these policy makers. Introduction of foundation courses on cultural integration in universities, evaluating teachers based on students' feedback to improve their performance and accountability and set up innovation universities in the country apart from skill based courses are some of the key considerations.
Portraying some of the best infrastructure and learning methodologies of the pre-New Educational Policy, we bring you '20 Most Promising Educational Institutes in Karnataka' in this edition of Higher Education Review. Encapsulated within are 20 important institutes in Karnataka brought under the same umbrella by a panel of experts which showcase unique sets of educational facets.