The Directorate of Higher Education was carved out of the Directorate of Education in 1996 with an objective to provide quality higher education to stakeholders irrespective of their caste, creed, sex, race, religion, region, urban and rural..

In addition to the administrative services, DHE has taken several key initiatives to enhance academic standards in Goa. These include DISHTAVO, an online e-content portal where the entire syllabus of 8 undergraduate programs is available for free. This entire in-hours project is being recognised nationally and is included in the NSDL library. The NET/SET mentoring programme for prospective teachers and researchers has been highly successful.

Soon after Goa’s liberation in 1961, there were a few Colleges that started and were affiliated with Bombay University. Most of the Colleges flourished in the state during 90’s after the establishment of Goa University in 1984. Today from north to south and west to east, almost every taluka is dotted with Higher Educational Institutes (HEI) as a result of which the Literacy and Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of the State have increased substantially.

The Directorate of Higher Education supports higher education in various streams such as Arts, Commerce, Science, Education, Law, Journalism, Mass Communication, Agriculture, Nursing, Vocation, Business Administration, Music, Home Science, Fine Art, Theatre Arts, Hospitality, and Fashion.

Presently the Directorate of Higher Education is involved in the planning, administration and funding of 41 HEIs which includes 07 Government Colleges and 34 Aided Colleges. Of the 41 Colleges, 26 Colleges are NAAC Accredited, and 7 Colleges have undergone 4 th Cycle of NAAC which is a remarkable achievement for the State of Goa. About 32 per cent of the NAAC-assessed Colleges have achieved ‘A+’ or ‘A’ grades.

The Directorate of Higher Education is working tirelessly to achieve access, equity, quality, affordability & accountability in higher education which are also the pillars of National Education Policy 2020. To provide quality education to its stakeholders, the Directorate has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with some of the globally reputed Institutes like the Indian Institute of Social Science-Mumbai (IISS), Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore (IISC), Indian Institute of Technology-Goa (IIT), Indian Institute of Technology- Gandhinagar (IIT), and Goa Institute of Management (GIM).

The Directorate of Higher Education is known for innovative and best practices. Some are as follows:

An online learning initiative called 'Digital Integrated System for Holistic Teaching and Virtual Orientations' (DISHTAVO). It is a first- of-its-kind initiative in the country which provides e-learning content to the students of Under Graduate (UG) courses in four quadrant format. This platform provides 21000 recorded lectures by the faculty members. This in-house project is included in the NSDL Library.

A project on Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) known as MANDAVI which delivers learning content online to any learner.

NET/SET Mentoring Programme for prospective teachers and researchers.

Establishment of Research Clusters in Government and Aided Colleges to provide access to research in Colleges.

The Directorate of Higher Education is spearheading the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The Directorate has commenced the following initiatives:

Formation of Cluster of Colleges to provide multi-disciplinary education to all stakeholders

IAIMS Portal for Admission and Learning Management System

Online portal for Scholarship

Online portal for Internship

Establishment of Training Internship and Placement Cell in all Colleges

Creation of Research and Innovation Centres in Colleges

Faculty Development Programmes for Teachers

Following are some of the important activities of the Directorate:

Management of Government Colleges

Centralized Admission for all Programmes across all Colleges

Granting Salary and Non-salary grants to Aided Colleges

Implementing RUSA Scheme

Granting NOCs and Approvals for the appointment of staff in Aided Colleges

Granting permissions to setup new Colleges

Granting permission to introduce new subjects and subject combinations in the undergraduate programmes

Distribution of scholarships and other Government Schemes to UG and PG students

State Teacher Awards for Excellence in Higher Education Scheme – 2018

Handholding of NAAC Accreditation Process

Organizing various activities for teachers and students

Digitizing the administrative and Learning processes in the Colleges

Handling the service-related issues of teaching and non-teaching staff

Over the years, the Directorate of Higher Education has contributed immensely to the development of Higher Education in the State of Goa. From a minuscule number in 1961, about 16,000 students are studying in higher education in Goa.