Haryana enhances technical education seats to 52,000: Hooda

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New Delhi, Jul 4 (UNI) With the addition of 50 private engineering colleges to existing 62 institutes, number of seats in technical institutes has risen to 52,000 from 33,000 three years ago in Haryana, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said here today.

The implementation of proposals, received by the state government for setting 50 more such colleges, doubling of MBA institutes and fresh offers for establishing MCA, B.Pharma and Hotel Management schools in Faridabad, Sonepat and Panipat district, with this the number of seats in the State would go upto 100,000 by 2010, said the Chief Minister at a press conference here.

The aggressive expansion of technical education facilities in Haryana, would largely help the students in Delhi-NCR region.

Gurgaon also poised to get an additional 11 to its existing 21 institutes and similar expansion is likely in Panipat and Rohtak too.

The Haryana government would launch the Rajiv Gandhi Education City at Kundli, adjoining the northern Border of Delhi's territory in September this year with the laying of foundation stone for setting up North India's first prestigious management institute, an Indian Institute of Management.

The state has also increased the budgetary allocation for eduation from Rs 16,000 crore in 2004-05 to Rs 3200 crore this year.

''We have also consciously deviated from the convention approach and launched reforms in primary, secondary and higher education, the impact of which is already visible,'' Mr Hooda said.

Besides, Haryana is first state in the country to introduce a ''state Techers Eligibility Test (STET), a screening examination to select teachers, principals and headmasters for the schools.

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