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Central status for M.S.University demanded

New Delhi: Gujarat Education minister Shri Bhupendersinh Chudasama today urged the Government of India to revamp the policy of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) for improving quality of elementary, secondary and higher education  in the state. The Gujarat Ministers Shri Bhupendersinh Chudasama, Smt Vasuben Trivedi and Shri Nanubhai Vanani called on Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Smt Smriti Irani and urged her to revise the current norms of SSA and RMSA to make the central schemes more flexible so as to cater and address specific requirements of the state government. Leading the ministerial delegation from Gujarat, Shri Chudasama requested the Union HRD Minister to sanction eight Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) in certain districts of Gujarat. In addition, he sought GoI's support  for a multi-laterally funded integrated quality improvement project which will support installation of biometric based attendance system in schools, private-public partnership in the Gujarat Model Schools project, accreditation of schools, virtual class room initiative and creation of 30 lakh neo-literates in a time-bound manner. The Gujarat Education Minister further sought help from Union HRD Ministry for the Virtual Classroom pilot by allocating 7 DTH channels and required technical and financial support. Shri Chudasama also suggested that HRD ministry should revamp and redirect the Mid Day Meal programme at improving the nutritional level of the students and focus should be made on calorie and protein requirements besides modernizing kitchens in large primary schools. Shri Chudasama also requested the Union Minister to consider upgrading MS University at Vadodara as a Central University as the institution presents a strong case and  has established partnerships with some of the leading international universities including Auburn University, USA, De Montfort University, UK, IMF-CSIC,  Spain, SIAST, Canada and Virginia Commonwealth University, USA to name a few.  He also demanded that Indian Institute of Teacher Education (IITE) should also be given Central recognition. On the higher education front, the Minister mentioned Gujarat Government's unique initiative of establishing Indian Institute of Teacher Education (IITE) and urged that IITE may be given the status of centrally funded institution of excellence. He also sought support from GoI for research and innovation programmes being carried out by Gujarat Government. During the meeting, Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani assured the Gujarat delegation that the request to upgrade MS University, Vadodara as Central University will be considered by the Ministry.  Shri A.M. Tiwari, Principal Secretary (Education)  and Dr Jayanti S Ravi, Commissioner Technical Education attended the meeting.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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