In addition, under the unified systems, an explicit focus on skills would be essential. It is time to dispense with highfalutin notions that the main of higher education is to ennoble citizens. Developing skills and abilities to innovate are the main goals of higher education. Recognizing this, the UK has renamed its education department as the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills while Australia has renamed its agency the Department of Education, Employment and Workforce Relations. In India, this clear focus on skills in education is missing. Thus, the country needs a new Ministry of Education and Skills for this task.
Immediate remedy for this two-box disease of Indian higher education lies in social transformation, building pathways between the vocational and the higher education sectors and bringing the vocational and higher education sectors under one ministry for policy coherence, thus forming a seamless fabric of education. This would provide Indian higher education capabilities to compete globally.