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Gogoi for need to have inclusive education
Published on 27 Jul. 2009 1:38 AM IST
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Twin institutions of Royal Group of Institutions - Royal School of Business and Royal School of Engineering and Technology were inaugurated today at their Betkuchi campus in Guwahati. Gyan Sagar Foundation, the promoter of the institutions, has assured quality management and technical education to students nearer their home. According to Eastern Projection News Service, the chief minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi ceremoniously unveiled the plaque opening of India’s first integrated multidiscipline campus. While welcoming the coming forward of private sector in the higher education sector Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi stressed the need to reserve a certain percentage of seats for the poorer section in these institutions. He said that Assam has woken up to the need of the hour rather late in comparison to southern states where trend to establish higher educational institutions in the private sector started in the sixties. So Assam must run fast in order to catch up with the rest of India. He said that seats in the technical education have increased from 900 to 2700 in Assam in the recent past and though late, higher education is picking up now. “Government aided universities should also go for public-private partnership and rope in good entrepreneurs for this,” Gogoi said. In the presence of Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University Dr. O. K. Medhi he said that the university authorities should go for such partnerships on their own and should not wait for a nod from the government. He advised the universities even to take loan from the banks. Earlier, Vice-Chancellor of Tezpur University Prof. M. K. Choudhary said that every year an estimated 50,000 students go outside Assam for higher studies to prevent this more and more institutions of higher education should come up within the state. He stressed on the need to evolve courses keeping in view the latest trend in the industry, so that the courses offered could fulfill the demand of the industry appropriately. Dr. O.K. Medhi, V.C., Gauhati University, Prof. A. K. Dutta, Director of IIM, Shillong and Gautam Barua, Director of IIT, Guwahati also spoke on the occasion. Earlier A. K. Pansari, Chairman of the Royal Group of Institutions assured that the institution will endeavor to maintain its standard at par with world benchmark.

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