Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Saturday said the majority of higher educational institutions were concentrated in states southwards of Gujarat,and emphasised on the need to develop institutes of learning in North India.
Badal also said his government was working towards creating the next education hub in Punjab.
We are already in the process of creating a new education city in New Chandigarh one that will house well known national and international names. Right now,Delhi is the only location where a student can hope to study if he stays in North India. We want to change that and make Punjab the new hub instead since it has a better environment than Delhi. More importantly,students can hope to study here in peace,a factor that is missing in a city like Delhi, he said.
India has one of the largest youth population. Very soon,we will export manpower from here to developed nations which have largely ageing populations. But our youth should be competent enough to contribute in this new globalised atmosphere. For that,we need need more institutions of learning in north India, Badal said,adding that the focus of education needed to shift from quantity to quality.
Badals comments came during the announcement on the setting up of the Institute of Excellence in Chandigarh. A Memorandum of Understanding for the same was signed on December 30,2013,between the University of California,Santa Cruz and Punjab Technical University.
The institute will focus on imparting high quality technical education and will confer degrees in streams such as Bio-Engineering,Bio-Informatics and Robotic Engineering.
Academic ideas shouldnt have boundaries. The real aim behind setting up this institute is to not just make quality education global for any student,but to ensure that any student who has the ability to benefit from such a setup can make the most of it,even if he is unable to afford the cost, said Dr George Blumenthal,Chancellor,University of California,Santa Cruz.