Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya said on Saturday that Karnataka was the most preferred educational destination in the country. He was releasing “Shikshana Kranti”, a book by T.R. Gopalakrishna, at the Press Club here.

Dr. Acharya said that the State government had spent Rs. 10,500 crore on education in the last fiscal year. This year, it would spend Rs. 12,500 crore.

There were 1.5 crore students in the State. The gross enrolment ratio in higher education courses had seen a steady increase. The State was topping the country in the knowledge sector.

Karnataka was among the first in the country to establish a Knowledge Commission headed by K. Kasturirangan. The government was following the periodic recommendations given by the Karnataka State Higher Education Council. The government was giving priority to developing soft skills among the students to improve their potential of getting jobs. Programmes aimed at developing soft skillsamong students such as “Angala”, “Sahyog”, and “Manavata” were going on in the State for the past three years. Writer H. Gopala Bhatta, principal of Poornaprajna College K. Sadashiva Rao, and former principal S.L. Karnik were present.

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