Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Delhi can have its Open University: Kapil Sibal

Delhi is free to set up its own Open University. Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal stated this to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at a meeting also attended by Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely. Dikshit had expressed concern about the fate of children who scored less than 40 per cent marks in their school-leaving examination as they are not allowed admission into Delhi University's School of Correspondence. A government official told reporters that Sibal said the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) here would be approached to initiate a large vocational education training in Delhi. The minister promised all help to the Delhi government in expanding higher, technical and vocational education in the capital. He expressed concern over the shortage of teachers in the city.

But the city's initiatives to make elementary education more purposeful was appreciated by the minister, the official added. "The HRD ministry also appreciated computerisation in the state's education department, which has been facilitating online teachers' attendance and a separate ID for every child", the official added. The minister promised that Rs. 9 crore (Rs. 90 million) would be provided to the state government to strengthen the State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and District Institute of Education Training (DIET).

Source: Hindustan Times, July 7, 2010

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