Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP)


EQUIP is the Central Government’s endeavour towards ushering transformations in India’s higher education system by implementing strategic interventions in the sector over  a  period of five years  (2019 – 2024). With  a  vision  to achieve  quality,  inclusivity,  and  excellence in higher education and  to empower institutions  to contribute significantly towards fuelling the nation’s progress, the Department  of  Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development has constituted 10 expert groups to design and formulate an Action Plan on Higher Education titled ‘Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP).

Objectives of EQUIP


  • Harness education technology.
  • Promote research and innovation ecosystems.
  • Introduce Governance reforms in higher education.
  • Double the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education.
  • Achieve quantum increase in investments in higher education.
  • Resolve the geographically skewed access to Higher Edu Inst in India.
  • Achieve globally acceptable quality standards in higher Edu across country.
  • Position at least 20 Indian institutions among the top global higher education institutions.

Further details about the expert groups constituted to conceive the Action Plan along with their respective thematic areas can be found on the following Office Memorandum released by the Department of Higher education, MHRD on 26th March, 2019.

Download the EQUIP Office Memorandum

The individual action plans developed by the groups on their respective the matic areas  have been presented at the Higher Education Policy Retreat 2019 at Lal-    Bahadur Shashtri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussorie during 22nd-24th, April, 2019 for further deliberations and their subsequent adoption.