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Himabindu Reddy, Hindustan Times
Gurgaon, May 11, 2013
Most parents in Gurgaon prefer local schools over Delhi but when it comes to higher education, it is the opposite, a recent survey conducted by Hindustan Times- C fore has revealed. The findings strongly point to the need to have more quality institutions for higher education. But there is hope in store.

Gurgaon will soon get its first-ever education city. According to the master plan of the Gurgaon-Manesar Urban Complex for 2031, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has earmarked 470 acres for the education city in Sector-68.

Of this, 250 acres has been specifically marked for a government university, while the rest is for private educational institutions. The education city is located nearly 5km from Rajiv Chowk on Sohna Road.

"There is a need to bring international educational standards to our students. Moreover, with the demand for land going up day by day, land holdings are shrinking. Half an acre of land is not enough to provide for the livelihood of a family. They need jobs, for which quality education is a must," said Bhupinder Singh Hooda, chief minister of Haryana, at a recent Hindustan Times' leaderspeak@ht Conclave.

The HT survey further revealed that though the city is home to the highest number of international curricula schools, 67% parents would prefer a traditional board school over an international one.

On the health care front, Gurgaon's swanky multi-specialty hospitals are becoming crowd pullers, with 600 international patients flocking to these hospitals on an average every year.

Residents are also satisfied with health care though they believe there is a need for government hospitals with advanced facilities.