Ministry of Human Resource Development (India)

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Ministry of Human Resource Development
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Agency overview
Formed Grameen Bharat Hindi Prachar Mandal
Jurisdiction IndiaRepublic of India
Headquarters Ministry of Human Resource Development
Shastri Bhawan,
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road
New Delhi
Ministers responsible

The Ministry of Human Resource Development is responsible for the development of human resources. The Ministry is divided into two departments: the Department of School Education and Literacy, which deals with primary and secondary education, adult education and literacy, and the Department of Higher Education, which deals with university education, technical education, scholarship etc. The erstwhile Ministry of Education now functions under these two departments, as of 26 September 1985.

The Ministry is headed by the cabinet-ranked Minister of Human Resources Development, a member of the Council of Ministers. The current HRD minister is Smriti Irani, the youngest ever to hold the office.[1]

Department of School Education and Literacy[edit]

The Department of School Education and Literacy is responsible for development of school education and literacy in the country. It works on “universalisation of education” and for the cultivation of higher standards for citizenship among the youth of India. MHRD launched education-based mobile apps allowing students to get study material online.[2][3]

Department of Higher Education[edit]

The Department of Higher Education is in charge of secondary and post-secondary education. The department is empowered to grant deemed university status to educational institutions on the advice of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India, under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956.[4][5] The Department of Higher Education takes care of one of the largest higher education systems of the world, just after the United States and China. The department is engaged in bringing world-class opportunities of higher education and research to the country so that Indian students are not found lacking when facing an international platform. For this, the government has launched joint ventures and signed MoUs to help the Indian student benefit from the world opinion. The technical education system in the country can be broadly classified into three categories – Central Government funded institutions, State Government/State-funded institutions & Self-financed institutions. The Centrally funded institution of technical and science education are as under: List of CFTIs (Centrally Funded Technical Institutions): IIITs (4 - Allahabad, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kancheepuram), IITs (16), IIMs (13), IISc, IISER (5), NITs (30), NITTTRs (4), and 9 others (SPA, ISMU, NERIST, SLIET, NITIE & NIFFT, CIT) [6]

Organisational structure[edit]

The department is divided into eight bureaus, and most the work of the department is handled through over 100 autonomous organisations under the these bureaus.[7]



The main objectives of the Ministry would be:

  • Formulating the National Policy on Education and to ensure that it is implemented in letter and spirit
  • Planned development, including expanding access and improving quality of the educational institutions throughout the country, including in the regions where people do not have easy access to education.
  • Paying special attention to disadvantaged groups like the poor, females and the minorities
  • Provide financial help in the form of scholarships, loan subsidy, etc. to deserving students from deprived sections of the society.
  • Encouraging international cooperation in the field of education, including working closely with the UNESCO and foreign governments as well as Universities, to enhance the educational opportunities in the country.


  1. ^ "List of Ministers of Human Resource Development". Ministry of Human Resource Development. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  2. ^ "MHRD to launch education-based smart apps". 7 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "MHRD to launch education-based apps". 9 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IISST) Thiruvanathapuram Declared as Deemed to be University". Ministry of Human Resource Development (India), Press Information Bureau. 14 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "IIST gets deemed university status". The Hindu. 15 July 2008. 
  6. ^ [1].
  7. ^ ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE Department of Higher Education.
  8. ^ Technical Education Overview Dept of Ed.
  9. ^ National Level Councils Tech Ed.
  10. ^ Council of Architecture website. (1 September 1972). Retrieved on 14 April 2012.
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