Stress on industry support to improve technical education:UP Guv

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Lucknow, Nov 21 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Governor and Chancellor T V Rajeswar today called for active participation of private sector and industry for improvement in technical education in the state.

Addressing the 5th Annual Convocation ceremony of UP Technical University (UPTU) here, Mr Rajeswar said there was need to enhance the level of technical education to international level.

Improved technical education infrastructure and standard would help in employment generation for the youth, he noted.

''There is an increasing demand for higher education in the growing Indian economy, which has also raised the aspirations of people...it is imperative that the system responds by expanding access to accomodate these aspirations,'' he observed.

Mr Rajeswar reminded that the growing economy also needs highly educated manpower in large numbers and the expansion of public higher education has slowed down at a time, when it should have been expanded to increase the access.

He suggested that these trends be reversed and the state should come forward to open new institutions, besides strengthening existing ones.

''Quantitative expansion and qualitative improvement of higher educatioin should command highest priority in the policy framework,'' he maintained.

The Governor said conventional system alone could not be expected to deliver the needful.

''...convergence between conventional and distance modes has to be ensured, besides bringing about qualitative improvement in all programmes of higher education.'' The Governor had, a few days back, informed the Centre had announced to set up 14 world class universities across the country at an early date.

''The HRD Ministry and the Planning Commission are undertaking the task and they will be prescribing the criteria for such varsities,'' he added.

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