Inadequate education infrastructure in Guj: Sibal

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Rajkot, Dec 9: Congress leader and Union Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal flayed the present Gujarat government alleging that not a single institution of excellence had come up in the state during the tenure of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Addressing mediapersons here, Mr Sibal asked whether the slogan given by Mr Modi of a ''Vibrant Gujarat'' was justified as ''nothing concrete had been done in the field of higher education''.

''Why is Gujarat not producing the same number of Engineers and doctors as compared to other states?,'' he sought to know.

Citing official statistics, Mr Sibal there were only 43 engineering colleges in the state compared to 171 in Maharashtra, 128 in Karnataka, 280 in Andhra Pradesh, 268 in Tamil Nadu, 110 in Uttar Pradesh, 84 in Madhya Pradesh, 54 in West Bengal, 48 in Orissa, 47 in Punjab and Rajashtan each and 45 in Haryana.

Similarly, there were only 41 medical colleges in the state, he said.

Neither the Biotechnology industry nor the Information Technology sector chose to make investments in Gujarat because of the lack of availability of local talent in adequate numbers, he noted.

Mr Sibal criticised the present government for allegedly creating an infrastructure of terror rather than encouraging education, which was vital for state's development.

He alleged, even the present education infrastructure in Gujarat was being damaged. The Maharaja Sayjajirao University, counted among the best institutions in the state, was witnessing a decline in quality in the Past few years, he added.

Water distribution system under the Modi regime was faulty with Gandhinagar people getting water supply of 450 litres a day compared to only 140 litres of water supply available in other cities. In villages there was water supply of only 40 litres.

He alleged that ground water table was receding by three to five metres every year. 15 districts of Gujarat were infected with fluoride water, while 16 districts were facing saline water problems, he said, adding, 29 per cent of water was going waste due to leakages in the water pipelines.


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