'Quota in foreign universities too'

Times of India, 16th July 2009

NEW DELHI: Making a strong pitch for private investment and foreign universities, HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said that the government did not have the funds to sustain higher education institutions.

He, however, made it clear that any institution that comes to India will have to ensure reservation of seats for backward castes.

‘‘All institutions must be inclusive. If any institution has to set up in India then it has to ensure a place for backward castes. There is no compromise on it,’’ Sibal said. The statement gains significance as it comes at a time when the government has been unable to bring legislation for OBC reservation in unaided higher educational institutes.

Replying to the debate in the Lok Sabha on demands for budgetary grants for his ministry, Sibal outlined his vision for the development of the education sector, arguing that all kinds of new experiments would have to be made.

The minister reiterated that he would bring the Right to Education Bill and get it passed in this session of Parliament that concludes August 7. He said there would have to be public-private
partnerships, private institutions managing government schools and private investments, besides the government’s efforts.



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