Centre committed to boost higher education: Minister

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Hyderabad, Nov 7 (UNI) The Centre will spend Rs 84,943 crore during the eleventh plan period to strengthen the higher education system in the country, Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development D Purandreswari said here today.

Talking to newspersons here at the Central University of Hyderabad, she said the Union Government was keen on starting, in a big way, Central Universities, Indian Institutes of Technology(IITs), Indian Institutes of Management(IIMs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology in different parts of the country to equip the students with the world class education.

''We are committed to realising the targets for new institutions of higher education'', she said adding Andhra Pradesh would get two new Central Universities including one at Visakhapatnam.

Earlier, delivering the valedictory address of National workshop on 'Global Practices in Management Education' at the School of Management Studies, she traced the growth of management education in the country from 1957 when the first MBA programme was started by the Andhra University at Waltair.

In the context of liberalised economy and global competition, technological capabilities and competencies had to touch international standards, which was possible only through constant improvement in quality of management education, she said.

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