Advani promises to liberate education sector to accomodate all

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New Delhi, Oct 21 (UNI) BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani today promised to liberate the education sector from the licence quota raj to accomodate all the qualifying students providing them quality education if the NDA is voted to power.

Addressing the students studying in Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management here, Mr Advani said the liberation of the education sector would be such that seats in the sector would multiply and improve.

Mr Advani said while the manufacturing and telecom sector had shown the effects of being free to the world, the education sector continued to be in the old licence quota raj. There were few publicly funded technical universities and the private colleges charged heavily denying adequate payment to the teachers for their unstinted services. Many of the students have to travel abroad for higher education while the country could not find good craftsmen and technical hands resulting in good jobs remaining unfilled.

He said the new government will provide incentives for promoting learning and to set up good private colleges and universities, vocational training institutions to develop facilities for encouraging the culture of research and innovation in India. The teachers will also be rewarded for their efforts.

The BJP leader said top institutions like IIT and IIMs will remain automonomous and will be able to pursue academic excellence as they deem fit and there will be no governmental interference in their functioning. "We have best students in the world, we will ensure that they have access to best academic institutions in the world. The government will ensure financial aid to all deserving students through scholarships and loans, he promised.

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