Symbiotic approach needed for improving the quality of higher education and research in Assam: Singh

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GUWAHATI, June 25: Union minister of state for HRD, Satya Pal Singh on Monday called for symbiotic approach between the Centre and the states for improving the quality of higher education and research in Assam.

The Union minister called on Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi in Raj Bhavan and discussed issues pertaining to Centre’s long-term vision of promoting the landscape of higher education in the state.

Considering that Assam is located at seismic prone areas, Mukhi has requested the Union minister to start schemes in the state under National Programme of Earthquake Engineering Education. Conveying the Centre’s keen interests in expanding higher education in the districts,

The discussion that lasted for around 20 minutes centered around expansion of higher education in the state. Taking a panoramic view of the educationally backward districts in the state, the duo discussed on setting up colleges with Central government’s assistance in the state. Discussion was also held on strengthening the technical institutions under the coordinated action plan for skill development.

Earlier, Singh said June 25 is a black day for Indian democracy as emergency was imposed on this day by former prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1975.

“It is a very special day. Not only for the IIT-Guwahati, but (also) for the Indian democracy, (and) we call it a black day. About 43 years back on this day – the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had imposed Emergency in the country. That is why I call it a black day for Indian democracy,” Singh said addressing the convocation of IIT-Guwahati as chief guest on Monday.

“I am sure all the graduating students will remember this day when they are getting their degrees. For them it is the brightest day, but for the Indian democracy it was a black day,” Singh said.

“You must (be) knowing that our honourable Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi clearly said in a ‘sankalp’ that by 2022 this country will get rid of poverty, illiteracy, crime, corruption, communalism, casteism and terrorism. Without the high standards of education, we will not be able to accomplish these things,” the Union minister said.

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