Higher education sector needs changes: K'taka Minister

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Gulbarga, Aug 2 (UNI) Karnataka Higher Education Minister Arvind Limbavali today stressed the need for bringing changes in higher education to improve the quality of education in accordance with the development in technology.

Speaking after inaugurating the 'digital library' at the Gulbarga University, he said there was a need to change the curriculum in higher education to keep the students updated with the latest developments.

A Central University would be established in Gulbarga soon and the state Government would provide all necessary infrastructure, he said.

Lamenting the poor record of the Hyderabad-Karnataka Region in pursuing higher education, Mr Limbavali said only eight per cent were pursuing higher education in the backward region, as against 11 in the developed areas in the state.

The government was making all efforts to see that at least 15 per cent students go for higher education in the region, he added.

Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murthy, speaking on the occasion, appealed to the people of the area not to depend on others in developing the region economically and educationally. They themselves should strive to erase the dubious distinction of being ''backward'' by working hard.

The digital library was set up with the financial and technical assistance from Infosys Technologies. A video conferencing Centre was also set up for conducting training for about 100 people on e-learning, e-resources and ICT.

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