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Sibal for pvt investment in higher education

Union human resource development minister Kapil Sibal has urged the private sector to help improve the country's education system by investing in higher education.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 06, 2012 00:22 IST

Union human resource development minister Kapil Sibal has urged the private sector to help improve the country's education system by investing in higher education.

"I have suggested to the Centre to allow the private sector to invest in higher education, but no one seems to be taking me seriously," said Sibal during an interaction with parents after inaugurating a building at St John's High School in Sector 26, his alma mater, on Sunday.

"I want to secure a better future for all the Class 12 passouts, who struggle to find seats in colleges in streams of their choice. I have even proposed to the Centre to allow foreign investment in higher education, but neither UPA members nor leaders from the opposition seem to be in favour of it," said Sibal.

Urging parents to let their wards decide the career they want to pursue, Sibal said there were so many unemployed engineers simply because their parents wanted them to do engineering. "If they are asked what they wanted to do, the answers would be different."

Admitting that he was not a very good student in school and only followed three Hs in his life-head, heart and hands, the HRD minister said he wanted to overhaul the country's education system. "Why should we judge a child through examinations? I want schools to let children take textbooks with them to the examination hall and write answers. If they can write correctly, we will know they are working towards achieving something," he said.

Asked about the action that could be taken against schools not enrolling students from economically weaker sections, Sibal said, "Every class has students who are naughty and students who are intelligent. These schools are like the naughty students."