Staff Reporter, Bhopal
National Invention Campaign will be launched to increase student’s interest in science and maths. National Innovation Council will be constituted to connect science with market. This was informed by Union Human Resources Minister Smt. Smriti Irani during a meeting with Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that quality of education has been affected as a result of abolition of Board exams for class V and VIII following implementation of Right to Information Act. Keeping this in view, evaluation system of primary education should be re-started. He informed about the proposals sent by the state to the Centre for education development and improvement in its quality. Higher Education Minister Shri Umashankar Gupta, School Education Minister Shri Paras Jain, Minister of State for School Education Shri Deepak Joshi and Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that 4.25 lakh children have been admitted in private schools in the state under Right to Education Act. The state government spent Rs. 300 crore on the education of these children. Central government should also share this expenditure. Besides, funds should also be provided for providing free uniforms, text-books and other expenses. He said that in view of shortage of reading rooms in 1,253 higher secondary schools in villages, a proposal has been sent for Rs. 150 crore has been sent to the Centre.
Number of new high schools needs to be increased for education of girls of rural areas in a large and widespread state like Madhya Pradesh. The state government has sent a proposal to establish 6000 new high schools and Rs. 88 crore proposal for labs in 930 schools.
The Chief Minister said that constant efforts are being made to improve quality of education in the state. In view of state’s geographical condition, the rule to establish a high school in every 5 km radius should be relaxed. About 31 thousand children are studying in 201 model schools in the state for whom hostel arrangements also need to be made. He said that state government has spent about Rs. 600 crore on infrastructure for upgrading Sagar university as a central university. State government has decided to open a new university for affiliating colleges already in existence in Sagar.
For this, a Rs. 400 crore proposal is pending with the Central government. A proposal has been sent to construct hostels in 80 new engineering and polytechnic colleges in the state.