Universal Higher Education Trust (UHET) is a registered not-for-profit organization, established in October 2012. The Trust aims to cater to the needs of underprivileged students who complete 10+2 (HSC) and wish to pursue their higher education.
Its portfolio includes financial assistance, career counseling, advocacy, networking and educational outreach. It strives to ensure that all those who pass their 12th standard (10+2 / HSC) get admission in their desired higher educational institutions.
Education is viewed as a significant tool to empower an individual and enhance his / her contribution towards better goods and services, improved productivity and economic growth of the society. Factors like globalization, competition and India’s transition towards knowledge-based economy require a new generation of educated, knowledgeable and skilled people.
This can be achieved through enhancing access to Higher Education by providing all possible support, as it plays a vital role in the promotion of economic growth and technological development. Also, higher education is the single most crucial asset to build empowered citizens, societies and thus, an empowered nation.
Therefore, UHET has been established with the objective of helping the less fortunate students’ in gaining access to higher education. It is committed to facilitating the higher education of economically weak students to continue their higher education. In order to fulfill its vision, Universal Higher Education Trust has built strong relationships with schools, Higher Educational institutions, NGOs, representatives of local bodies in the project regions, Governmental agencies / departments etc.
Higher education plays a significant role in human resource development of a country by means of creating skilled manpower, enhancing industrial productivity and improving quality of life. Moreover, youth are the most valuable human resource in India and they must have reasonable access to quality higher education and should be able to acquire necessary skills that are need in the skilled labour market. India has the advantage of being among the youngest countries in the world with a large proportion of working group in the age group of 15-59 years. It has a unique 20–25 years window of opportunity called the “demographic dividend” which has created a low dependency ratio, providing a comparative cost advantage and competitiveness to the economy. The transition from higher secondary school to higher education is more significant to nurture young minds in the age of 18-23, who can have better participation for the development of the nation.
The economic growth of a country depends on the availability of higher education in the nation. The world is growing fast and India must participate to compete with the rest of the world. The world average of higher education so called the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) is 27 % in which India’s average is around 21%. Though Tamil Nadu is slightly above the Indian average, yet it has to compete with the advance nations, where the GER ranges from 60% to 100% and I wish Vellore district to compete with advanced nations like US where it is 95% or in Korea 100%.
Let’s put our efforts together in making Vellore a model district and succeed in providing higher education to all our children so that it can became a model to the rest of the 676 districts of the country. I would request all the educated people, government employees, businessmen and industrialist to support this scheme generously.
I wish this initiative will lead to succeed with all your support so that Tamil Nadu and other states emulate this model through which India will become an advanced nation within a short span of time.