1. The main thrust of this policy in higher education is to end the fragmentation of higher education by transforming higher education institutions into large multidisciplinary universities, colleges, and HEI clusters, each of which will aim to have 3,000 or more students.
2. It is envisioned that over a period of time all existing HEIs and new HEIs will evolve into research-intensive universities (RUs), teaching universities (TUs), and autonomous degree-granting colleges (ACs). This would require mapping existing HEIs in a rationalised manner to achieve the new institutional architecture for higher education.
3. The Accreditation System will develop and use appropriately different and relevant norms for the three categories of HEIs.
4. In addition to teaching and research, HEIs will also have to support other HEIs in their development, community engagement and service, contribution to various fields of practice, faculty development for the higher education system, and support to school education.
5. By 2040, all higher education institutions (HEIs) shall become multidisciplinary institutions and shall have student enrolments in the thousands, for optimal use of infrastructure and resources. Since this process will take time, all HEIs will firstly plan to become multidisciplinary; and gradually increase student strength to the desired levels. The HEIs with large land areas will be supported to substantially increase the student intake, multidisciplinary capacity and residential facilities.