Kashipur: To bring about radical changes in education sector, Union Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal believes that the best way to do so is to keep educational institutes away from politics.

Sibal said the Centre will provide the best possible support to Uttarakhand to develop the state as an educational hub.

The efforts are being made to fulfill the State’s demand for a Central University, Sibal maintained, while laying the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Kashipur on Friday.

On the occasion, Sibal said there are several challenges in the field of education, and the institutes should make efforts to solve them.

Supporting his stand, he said, “In India, only 14 out of 100 children in the age-group of 18 to 23 year go to Universities, whereas in developed nations 60 percent youth go for the higher education.”

Sibal pointed out that keeping in mind the present scenario, the Union government was spending maximum budget in areas of health and education. For the development of Uttarakhand, he gave the credit to former Chief Minister ND Tiwari.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that the region has a glorious history in the education sector.

“Including NIT, the state has seven world-class institutes, and it is heartening to see the state on the path of progress,” he added.

Requesting Sibal to approve Central University in Thalisanon and Garasanon and Rudrapur, Nishank also raised the demand for a relief package for educational institutes which were damaged in natural calamities. 

Chairman, Board of Governors for IIM Kashipur, Dhruv M Sahni declared that the first session of the institute will start from July.

JPN/Bureau