Patna, Jan 28 (UNI) Highlighting the need of education, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad today said development would be a distant dream without educating the people.
Inaugurating the building of a Government Senior Secondary school here at Phulwarisharif, Mr Prasad said, ''in this competitive age degrees alone would not serve the purpose and vocational education was essential to sustain in the competition''.
He maintained there was no dearth of employment in the country but to avail the opportunity one needed to be educated properly.The curriculum also needed to be revised since old system of teaching would not serve the purpose, he added.
Mr Prasad appreciated the immense talents in Bihar, saying more than 80 per cent of the aspirants from Bihar successfully compete in the competitive examinations conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board(RRB). He said the UPA government at the Centre was concentrating to improve the educational scenario in Bihar as it has decided to set up premier institutes like IIM and IIT here.
He, however, said, large scale unemployment was prevailing in the state which was evident with the huge crowd of youths in the rallies held by the political parties and emphasised on considering the problem seriously.
The Railway Minister lambasted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and alleged that the state government had failed in utilising the developmental funds released by the Centre and was also creating obstacles in the execution of railway projects by not facilitating the land acquisition for the various schemes.
Later Mr Prasad flagged off six days a week 2295/2296 Patna-Bangaluru Saghmitra Express at Patna junction.
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