Lecture Hall Academic Block of MIT inaugurated
Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Sukhadeo Thorat said on Saturday that it was necessary to promote expansion of higher education “with quality, inclusiveness and relevance”.
He was speaking after inaugurating the Lecture Hall Academic Block 3 of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), a constituent of Manipal University, here.
Prof. Thorat said that the Union Government was giving priority to the higher education sector.
There was an increase in the funds to this sector from Rs. 4,000 crore in the 10th Plan to Rs. 47,000 crore in the 11th Plan. Only 10 to 12 per cent of students had access to higher education in the country. This was way below the world average.
In order to give a fillip to this sector, the Union Government had started 1,462 new institutions, 30 central universities, and 1,000 polytechnics. The Union Government had also opened a central university in Gulbarga, he said. The private sector had an important role to play in the higher education sector. There was space for private players in this sector, he said.
Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University K. Ramnarayan welcomed the gathering. Chancellor Ramdas M. Pai, Pro-Chancellor H.S. Ballal, Registrar G.K. Prabhu and Director of the Manipal Institute of Technology Kumkum Garg were present.