Dr. Babita Arora


This study aims to look into some of higher education commission’s initiatives for improving the quality of higher education. The study addresses a) Higher education commission (HEC) initiatives to improve research and development in the universities b) the implications of these initiatives on human resource development, and c) the major successes and failures as a result of these initiatives. Narrative data were collected through observation and documents analysis.The result of HEC’s impetus is that the universities are streamlining their mission and objectives to excel in the field of research. The university teachers are gradually realizing the significance of research in their academic and professional success. Research and Development (R&D) culture is growing through research and publications, organization of conferences, seminars and workshops in the universities.


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