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Education to be the next issue for NDC, says PM

The meeting would also discuss the UPA government's commitments and initiatives in agriculture and healthcare, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2007 23:17 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis

A legislation on Right to Education and a hike in allocation on education would be taken up at the next meeting of the National Development Council (NDC), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh informed a joint CPI (M) - SFI delegation on Monday.

The meeting would also discuss the UPA government's commitments and initiatives in agriculture and healthcare besides education.

"The issues to be discussed at the NDC are basically the commitments of the UPA in these areas,'' the delegation leader and CPIM politburo member, Sitaram Yechury, later said.

The CPI (M) leader said the delegation also demanded the setting up of a National Commission on Education to ensure equity, quality and quantity in a comprehensive manner in all areas. The last such Commission was set up in 1964. To this suggestion, Yechury said the Prime Minister would discuss the matter with HRD Minister Arjun Singh.

The SFI, CPIM's student wing, delegation presented an 11-point memorandum, signed by five million students across the country, to the Prime Minister. Among its demands was the implementation of quota in all educational institutions, including those in the private sector.

The SFI sought a central law to regulate fees and admission in private professional institutes, with Yechury saying that besides the Indian private institutions, FDI and foreign universities seeking to enter the country should be regulated.

The SFI delegation also urged the government to implement the recommendations of the BB Lyngdoh Committee to ensure that students' union elections were held in all institutions. The SFI team comprised Albina Shakeel, KK Ragesh, Ritabrata Banerjee and PK Biju.

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First Published: Jan 22, 2007 23:17 IST