Will try to pass education bills quickly: Narayanasamy
The government will try to pass pending education bills soon to develop a proper education system in the country, V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in the Prime Minister Office (PMO) said Monday.
"In parliament, we are trying to pass three, four important education bills so that a proper education system is developed in the country," Narayanasamy said at the 27th Foundation Day of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
The Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill, which aims to regulate entry and operation of foreign educational institutions in India, is still pending in the parliament.
In addition, the Education Tribunal Bill, which seeks to create separate tribunals for handling cases related to educational institutions, is also pending. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in August 2010.
The winter session of parliament begins Nov 22.
The minister said that a lot of reforms have been brought in the education system and that the country needed world class universities especially for the rural people offering affordable education which would also tackle the problem of brain drain.
"Three to four lakh Indian students are helping countries like America. When we develop our own universities, we prevent our students from going abroad," he said.
"A total of 65 percent of the country's population is youth and that is an important potential," Narayanasamy added.
Established in 1985, IGNOU was set up to provide cost-effective education, especially to the poor.