Gujarat is set to be Educational Capital of India: BJP

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Ahmedabad, Oct 17 (UNI) Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today criticised Union Minister Kapil Sibal's adverse comments on higher and technical educational policy of the state government and said the Congress leader had no knowledge of the state's developments in the field of education.

Talking to mediapersons here, state BJP general secretary Vijay Roopani criticised Mr Sibal's comments and said the Congress leader has no knowledge of reality about Gujarat's developments in the field of education.

He said ''In fact, Gujarat is all set to become educational capital of India after having set up of as many as seven new universities, including most recent addition of Pandit Dindayal Petroleum University in Gandhinagar, during Chief Minister Narendra Modi's regime of six years.'' Claiming Mr Sibal's allegation as ''false and misleading'', Mr Roopani said ''Beside the 7 Universities, Mr Modi has personally emphasised on promoting education in the state, which will put Gujarat as a leading state in education on the Indian map.'' He said ''In addition, during Mr Modi's regime as many as 337 new technical institutions with additional capacity of over 53,000 seats were set up in Gujarat.'' The Gujarat government in partnership with the World Bank has been running Technical Education Improvement Programme at a cost of Rs 55 crore, he said and added that besides this, 89 new courses have been started in Guajrat Technology University and Knowledge Corporation in last few years.

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