Smt.D.Purandeswari, Hon’ble Minister of State for Human Resource Development (Higher Education) visited TAPMI before the convocation program on the 3rd of April 2010. She commended the facilities provided by TAPMI and Manipal University for students and also the incorporation of technology to enhance education. She appreciated the student-centric approach of the management without compromising on quality. The Hon’ble Minister then planted saplings near the academic block in continuation of the ‘Rajat Jayanti Van’ (Silver Jubilee Forest), TAPMI’s tree plantation program.
During a press conference held at the campus, the Hon’ble Minister listed the initiatives taken by the MHRD, the first being the Right to Education Bill, which came into effect from the 1st of April 2010. She said that the Gross Enrolment Ratio was 23% at international levels whereas in India it was only 12.4% in higher education. Hence, the Government had set a target of 15% Gross Enrolment ratio by the end of the period of 11th year plan. She mentioned that the Hon’ble Cabinet Minister Mr.Kapil Sibal has set an ambitious target of achieving 30% Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education by 2020. She said that in order to achieve these targets more children should have access to school education and this would be a shared responsibility of both the state and central governments.
In higher education, she believed that foreign universities would ensure a healthy competition which would help in improving the quality of education. She assured that the Ministry would encourage entry of the best universities with good programs that can provide employment to the youth. She also mentioned that the Ministry is also deliberating upon setting up Education Tribunals to provide fast track solutions to issues faced by management, students and faculty in higher education institutes.
The Hon’ble Minister felt that in today’s globalized world, we need globalized citizens who contribute to the growth in global GDP. She said that steps are being taken to improve vocational skills education so as to ensure availability of skilled manpower to meet our growing industry needs. After responding to questions from the press she appealed to the state governments to extend their fullest cooperation in these initiatives.
– Media & Public Relations Group