We Love Kashmiris, Will Make Every Effort To Uphold Their Dignity: Sibal

Says Spl Provisions For JK In New Education Policy

Pulwama - Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal today said that private educational institutions in the country will have to play an important role in achieving the target of 30 per cent enrolment in higher education by 2020 at national level.

“When I took over the HRD ministry, the enrolment ratio was only 12 per cent and today it has increased to 19 per cent.  I have set a target of 30 per cent enrolment in higher education institutions by the year 2020. Schools and colleges run by the government alone cannot do it. Private educational institutions will have to play an important role in achieving the target," Sibal said while addressing a function organized by the Private B. Ed Colleges Association at the KCEF law college at Pulwama.

The minister after arriving here on Tuesday directly proceeded to Pulwama to attend the function organized by Association of Private Colleges Kashmir.

In his speech in function Sibal appreciated the performance of private colleges in valley and said that more private colleges and universities should be opened for the quality education.

He said that the quality and all round development education should be imparted to the students. He stressed that the students should work hard to appear in the competitive examinations.

The Union Minister said that teachers have a vital role in up gradation of the future of the nation and they must perform their responsibilities in proper and friendly manner.

Sibal said that local educational institutions can also be brought under the various scholarship schemes.

Civil Society activist Madho Kishwar, former vice chancellor of Kashmir University Prof Abdul Wahid Qureshi, Minister Agha Ruhullah, Deputy Commissioners of Budgam and Pulwama districts were present on the occasion. Sibal was given a warm welcome at Srinagar Airport earlier.

Sibal, on the occasion said that Kashmiri students studying in local colleges will also be given scholarships after registration of the colleges by GOI. He also assured the large audience that the central government is looking for expanding job avenues for local students in the corporate sector. 

The Union Minister said local educational entrepreneurs will have to develop quality educational educational instutitions in order to attract students from all over the country.

He also expressed satisfaction over the fact that girls are doing much better than boys in different fields of education and competitive examiniations, especially in the valley.

The Minister dwelt upon the New Education Policy during the function and said the grading system will be implemented all over India

He said he would give special attention for incorporating certain JK centric measures in the policy.

In response to questions by some local students, Sibal said Indians sincerely love Kashmiris and the government is committed to safeguard the dignity of Kashmiris outside the state. He said Kashmiris being emotional people are conscious of their dignity and the government was taking measures to ensure their security and dignity in different parts of the country.

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