Published On: Mon, Jan 30th, 2012

D. Purandeswari: States must spend more on education

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D Purandeshwari
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According to D. Purandeswari, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development,  State governments must spend more on education, which is a powerful driver of socio-economic change. She said, ” When the Central government was increasing its allocation on education to achieve the Herculean task of reaching the children of downtrodden sections in a country of diversities, the States too must be forthcoming.” Ms. Purandeswari was addressing the valedictory of The Hindu inter-collegiate E-Plus Club Challenge 2012 at MVGR College of Engineering at Chintalavalasa near Vizianagaram.

The day-long programme in which students from colleges in different parts of the State enthusiastically participated in various competitions ended with Bhavan’s Vivekananda Degree College, Hyderabad, winning the overall championship.

“The Central government is increasing the allocation but we are seeing a slow decline in States’ spending. If they cannot increase, they can at least maintain the same level,” the Minister said. She wanted the youngsters to be ambitious, have a killer instinct and be partners in India’s growth and development. The Minister lauded the concept of E Plus Clubs introduced by The Hindu, which she described as an effort to bring out the latent talent in the students.

Editor of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan, said the newspaper steadfastly refused to toe the line that people did not want serious news and were satisfied with entertainment, trivia and celebrities. He said E-Plus clubs were all about improving the communication skills of students. Decrying the growing intolerance in the country, Mr. Varadarajan said The Hindu believed people should respect the opinions of others and that there should be adequate space for civilised debate.

Quality education was needed for the country for its development, said chairman of MANSAS P. Anand Gajapathi Raju who also felt the need for technocrats to acquire soft skills and appreciated The Hindu for taking up the E Plus programme to fill the gap.