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‘PM vows freedom’ –

Posted by egovindia on July 11, 2006

‘PM vows freedom’



Posted online: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 1627 hours IST

Updated: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 1645 hours IST


KOLKATA, JULY 11:  Seeking to set at rest the controversy over an OBC quota in elite educational institutions, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said his government was committed to ensuring excellence and widening access to education for all sections of society. “Recently, there have been some discussions in our country on our policy towards centres of excellence. I have repeatedly said that our government is committed both to excellence and to widening of access to education, especially higher education and research,” the Prime Minister said.

Taking a no-interference stand, PM also said he would ensure complete academic autonomy and added that that the interference of bureaucracy would also reduce.

He was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Indian Institute of Science, Research and Education at Salt Lake.

The government, he said, would commit adequate resources for massive expansion in the higher education system to enable all sections of society to fulfil their educational aspirations.

The expansion has become more pressing because India could not have pretension about being a knowledge power if less than 8 per cent of the college-going age group was enrolled in the college system, he said.

The Prime Minister said, “We cannot have pretensions about being a knowledge power if we don’t substantially upgrade our scientific and technological expertise both in quality and quantity.”

Stating that India could position itself as a knowledge economy only through a massive expansion of education, Singh said that the UPA government was committed to this.

Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee were present at the function.


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