Located at a height of over 900 meters above sea level, Bengaluru is known for its pleasant climate throughout the year. This is one of the factors that attract hordes of people into the city every year; the others being a startup and tech hub, and a great destination to pursue your higher education. This is possible due to the diligent governance of the state. The state of Karnataka has developed bodies to ensure progress such as Karnataka State Knowledge Commission and the Vision Group in Science and Technology. These councils ensure that the steady progress in the area of education is not stemmed.
Karnataka is one of the pioneering states to introduce reforms in the higher education sector. Upon realizing the importance of an envisioning exercise for higher education, Vision 2020: Higher Education Karnataka was devised. The vision envisages a forward-looking higher education system for the State of Karnataka with a hope to build it as a model state in India for excellence in higher education. The document has laid down a path so that the state can witness an increase in student enrolment with the actual numbers increasing from 12,60,038 (18.1 percent GER) [2012-13] to 22,58,000 in 2020, reaching a GER of 35 percent. The report also shares thoughts on many other areas in which the state can improve its quality in higher education. With "Vision 2020," Karnataka has introduced its roadmaps in higher education arena and it is the time for the whole country to look into it and act together for a better nation.
This issue of Higher Education Review is focused upon the higher education scenario in Bengaluru. The city boasts of national-level institutions in almost every discipline such as health, management, science and technology, law, social science, education, linguistics as well as an IIM, IISc, IIIT, TIFR, National Law School, NIMHANS, ISEC, RIE Mysore, Regional Institute of English and many more. The formation of quality workforce rests with one central university, 24 public universities, 12 deemed universities, 6 private universities, 207 engineering colleges, 61 medical colleges, 48 dental colleges, 280 management institutions and more than 60 international schools.
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