Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday exhorted the private sector to seize the opportunity provided by the Right To Education Act, which came into force from April 1 this year, for creating a critical mass of human resource to access higher education.

Mr. Sibal said the legislation was set to usher in a sea change in various tiers of education and administration the need to put in place systems to ensure access to the less privileged.

This would require enormous investments in education and this would in turn, cater to the development of leadership in the sector.

Delivering the Graduation Day address at the Indian School of Business, the Minister said several issues including the management structures, public private partnerships, future issues and management of vast expansion, confronted the stakeholders in the education system.

Referring to higher education, Mr. Sibal said it was national imperative to ensure that the gross enrolment ratio, presently at 12.4 per cent, reached 30 per cent by 2020. This would require setting up of hundreds of universities and thousands of colleges, besides calling for management solutions.

Some of these opportunities and challenges were uniquely Indian. The solutions that would evolve need to be Indian.

He said following the meltdown of 2009 it was realised that the world was not flat but bumpy and uneven. ISB chairman Rajat GuptaISB dean Ajit Rangnekar, also spoke.

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