Regardless of our political affiliations, let us accept the fact that the Indian economy is in big trouble. As the common men, we have been experiencing its aftereffects in our daily life; barring that ‘one percent’ of the population, apparently, everyone’s wallet is broken. The Economic Survey, which was published a day before the Union Budget 2020, says that poor global growth and investment slowdown due to financial sector issues have led the growth dropping to a decade low in current fiscal. The survey also points out that it takes more documents to open a restaurant in Delhi as compared to documents needed for a license to procure new arms and major fireworks.
However, it is a new decade. Let us think positively and see the government’s offering for the youth in Budget 2020. The Finance Minister has earmarked Rs. 99, 300 crores for the education sector in 2020 – 21 and Rs. 3, 000 crores for Skill Development. Some of the key announcements include apprenticeship embedded courses, online education programs for students deprived of higher education, financing education infrastructure, courses for nurse and paramedical staff, internships for fresh engineers, enabling ECBs and FDI, and National Police University and a National Forensic Science University. Now, the promises are ready on the paper and the authorities need to find some time to execute everything properly to ensure that India is back on track.
In this issue, we have identified ‘10 Must-Watch Universities of the Year 2019’ which have been highly successful in their execution part. They have not only produced graduates with high employability quotient, but also have been instrumental in taking research and innovation into next level. On the cover, we feature, Rishihood University that aims to integrate lifelong learning transcending age, subject choice, and society by closely working with school students, individuals pursuing higher education and working professionals.