Published On: Mon, Mar 14th, 2011

D. Purandeswari: NET, SLET must for ensuring quality teachers

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The HRD Minister of State D. Purandeshwari has said that HRD Ministry will not compromise on the National Eligibility Test (NET) and State Eligibility Test for Lectureship Eligibility (SLET) to bring out well qualified and skilled teachers in the country. The minister  said this while addressing a conference on ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ organised by industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

“We are not compromising on it. To have highly qualified teachers we need to have NET and SLET in our institutions”, she said after inaugurating a conference on ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ said Purandeswari.

The minister also reiterated ministry’s priority to provide quality education in the 12th five year plan.

“The 11th Five Year Plan will end by 2012 and in the 12th Five Year Plan we will give extraordinary focus on strengthening quality education”, she said at the sidelines of a conference in Chennai.

The minister said education at the primary level should be strengthened to enable bright students pursue further studies in higher secondary schools.

Commenting on the decreasing allocation from state governments towards state-owned universities Purandeswari said, “There are 30 central universities and manifold state universities. The government of India allocation towards state and central universities had increased by 23 to 24%, on the contrary the funds outflow from the respective state government is dwindling. Many state promoted universities are languishing due to non-allocation of requisite funds by the respective local governments. The regional government should release the set apart funds so as to enable the varsities to deliver goods on a par with central varsities.”

She added that to bridge the demand and supply gap in the higher education sector, a proactive participation of private sector is required to set up colleges, universities and other specialty institutions.

[Source: DNA, Financial Express]