Ahmedabad, Nov 12 (UNI) The BJP today strongly refuted the charges levelled by the senior Congress leader and Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal that the Gujarat government had neglected the youth and hampered the growth of present generation by not providing institutions of higher learning.
Speaking to UNI, BJP spokesperson and former minister for major irrigation and Narmada development Jaynarayan Vyas said to say that Chief Minister Narendra Modi had ignored education sector and had not done anything for the youth was misleading the people.
Mr Vyas said in the last 10 years, many educational institutions had been set up in the state. For example, Nirma University of Science and Technology, near Ahmedabad; Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar; National Law University; Petroleum University; Charotar Institute of Technology, Changa (soon to become a university), Charotar Institute of Computer Application, Charotar Pharmacy College; Ahmedabad Educational Society; a medical college in Vaghodia, Surendranagar&Rajkot, a dental college near Gandhinagar, and at Gandhinagar NIIFT and a NID Campus; and soon to be set up an extension of IIT.
Blaming the Congress for not allowing privatisation of education that could have bridged the gap between the supply and demand over the years, the BJP leader said Gujarat has been sponsoring education in neighbouring Maharashtra and Karnataka without itself benefitting. Over 5,000 students go to Karnataka for medical education and each student spends around Rs 10 lakh which amounts to Rs 500 crore. In the last 30 years, it had come to Rs 15,000 crore, which wass the historical cost. Today this amount is Rs one lakh crore, he said while disputing Mr Sibal's claim that Karnataka was way ahead of Gujarat in IT sphere.