Published On: Mon, Jun 27th, 2011

Sibal pitches for private sector participation in developing education infrastructure

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The Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal has stressed on the need of greater private participation in strengthening country’s education sector. He said this while accepting his government’s inability to provide education infrastructure, particularly for higher education, in the country in the years to come.

Sibal added that as per the present statistics only 14 out of 100 students in the age group 18-24 years manage to enter colleges every year whereas this number is 76 in case of developed nations.

“Given the rise in population and limited infrastructure for higher education, it is estimated that nearly 45,000 colleges and 1,000 universities are required to accommodate the students passing out of schools annually, which is beyond the capacity of any government,” he said.

The minister reiterated government’s commitment to raise the percentage of students going to colleges for higher education to 30% by 2020. He stressed that to meet such an ambitious target, government will need the support of the private sector.

Asked about the ever-increasing cut-off marks for entry into the colleges of Delhi University, Sibal said the situation could not be tackled because of pressure of students originating from different states. “Every state government should make arrangements to provide quality higher education so that the existing pressure on colleges of Delhi University is reduced,” he said.

Sibal also announced to extend the scope of Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyaan up to Class X. At present, the scheme applies to students studying up to Class VIII.

[Source: Times of India]