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PM for freedom to convert Varsities into world class centres

Sunday, January 03, 2010 08:11:08 PM, UNI

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

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Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said the Universities in the country should have to be given maximum academic freedom and flexibility for converting them into world class centres of learning.


Dr Singh said this while inaugurating the Scholarship Fund of the Council of Higher education of the Kerala Government here.


"The Universities cannot become world-class centres of learning unless we change the way in which we manage them. They should have to be given maximum academic freedom and flexibility," he added.


Dr Singh said the Universities should recruit the best teachers, including the many Indians in top Universities abroad for developing the Universities as world class learning centres.


Stating that efforts were on to make India a premier centre of education, he said one of the initiatives was to establish the Nalanda University that would revive Indias ancient academic and intellectual links with south East Asia and East Asia.


Dr Singh also hoped that the Central University that was being set up in Kerala could be similarly developed as a University of renown that served as an intellectual bridge with West Asian countries.


On the scholarship fund initiated by the Kerala government with public contributions, he said that this was undoubtedly path breaking in private-public partnership in education sector not only in Kerala but also in other states.


Dr Singh also expressed his great concern over the decline of interest among students in basic sciences. The Centre had tried to reverse the trend through innovative schemes like INSPIRE, which would provide scholarships of Rs 5,000 to one million students in the age group of 10-15 years who showed talent for science.


In his welcome address, Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan announced a contribution of Rs 12 crore to the scholarship fund apart from the Rs three crore already given.


Kerala Governor R S Gavai, Union Minister of state for External Affairs Shasi Tharoor, State Minister of Education M A Baby, State Law Minister M Vijayakumar, were among others present on the occasion.














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