House approves budgetry demand of Human Resources department

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Patna, Mar 07 (UNI) Amid noisy walkout by the entire Opposition, the Bihar Assembly today passed the budgetry demand of Rs 7,164.5982 crore for the Human Resources Development department.

Replying to the debate on budgetry demand, state Human Resources Development Minister Brishen Patel informed the House that the government had initiated several measures to improve the academic standards in the state as quality of education was the reflection of a civilised society.

To revive the past glory of Bihar in the arena of education, the government had established the University of Nalanda in the district, which was the seat of knowledge and wisdom in ancient days, he said and informed the House that the government had already acquired 500 acres land for the university while process for acquisition of 446 acres land was on.

Similarly, Mr Patel said the Chanakya National Law University had also been established in 2006 and the government had prepared an estimate of Rs 71.3372 crores for development of its infrastructure while fund of Rs 15 crore had been earmarked for the purpose in the budget proposal presented in the House for the fiscal 2008-09.

To improve the infrastructural facilities in various universities, the government had proposed to allocate Rs 12.49 crore in the budget for the fiscal 2008-09, he informed.

The minister said former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam had suggested to regularise the academic calendar and ensure payment of salaries to the teachers in colleges and universities for improving the academic scenario in higher education.

Both the suggestions of Dr Kalam had already been implemented by the state government, he added.

''The state government is committed to increase the student-teacher ratio upto the national level and process was on for recruitment of 12,397 and 575 teachers in high school and plus-two levels respectively,'' he said, adding all these recruitments were being made as per the norms finalised by the state government in 2006.

After rejecting the Cut Motion moved by Kishore Kumar, Mr Ramdeo Rai and Dr Achhutanand, the House passed the budgetry demands of the Human Resources department.

Earlier, the entire Opposition staged a walkout during the debate.

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