Special Correspondent

Education Minister promises help to districts in Hyderabad Karnataka region

  • Private institutions permitted to start 130 junior colleges and 415 high schools
  • 36 junior colleges and 114 high schools sanctioned for Hyderabad Karnataka region

    GULBARGA: Primary and Higher Education Minister Basavaraj Horatti on Wednesday paid tributes to Christian missionaries for providing quality education to the deprived sections of society through the educational institutions they started.

    After inaugurating the new pre-university college started by the St. Mary's High School here, Mr. Horatti said the Government, appreciating the contribution of educational institutions run by Christian organisations in the State, was liberal in granting permission to them to start new educational institutions and upgrading existing schools to junior colleges.

    Mr. Horatti said though it was the primary responsibility of the Government to extend educational facilities to all, it was unable to meet the demand. He lauded the contribution of private educational institutions in helping the Government meet the demand.

    He said this year private educational institutions were permitted to start 130 junior colleges and 415 high schools.

    Referring to the demand made by Agricultural Marketing Minister Sharanabasappa Darshanapur and Shashil G. Namoshi, MLC, to sanction more high schools and junior colleges in Gulbarga district, Mr. Horatti said the State Government for the first time had sanctioned 36 junior colleges and 114 high schools in Hyderabad Karnataka region this year.

    He assured that in the second list of new high schools and junior colleges sanctioned in the State, priority would be given to the districts in Hyderabad Karnataka region.

    He said the Government was committed to improving infrastructure facilities in schools and junior colleges in the Hyderabad Karnataka region.

    `Improve infrastructure'

    Earlier, Mr. Darshanapur said facilities in the existing schools need to be improved and the shortage of teachers, particularly in rural areas, should be attended to immediately. Mr. Namoshi said the Government should accord priority to the demand for more schools and colleges in Hyderabad Karnataka region. Fr. Dennis Menenzes, head of the Catholic diocese in Gulbarga, delivered the presidential address. Principal of the school, Fr. Fredric D'Souza, welcomed the gathering.