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Yechury demands to ensure education for all
Published on 10 Feb. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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CPI (M) Politburo member and Parliamentarian Sitaram Yechury has demanded to ensure education for all and flayed the Manmohan Singh government for allegedly formulating policies for rich people. Addressing the 17th Conference of Students’ Federation of India Tripura Committee at Khowai yesterday, Mr Yechury alleged that the UPA government had announced tax benefits of Rs 4.10 crore for the rich people but could not ensure health care and educational facilities for the poor students, stated a UNI report. ‘’It is a shame for a country which has to demand for basic amenities like schools, roads, drinking water and health care facilities even after 62 years of Independence. Because of faulty policies of the Central government 77 per cent students can study only upto school level,’’ Mr Yechury said. He pointed out that India had the third largest higher education system in the world in terms of enrollment and largest in terms of number of institutions but only 7-8 per cent of India’s population in the age group of 17-23 years is enrolled in higher education. The public investment in higher education is only 0.37 per cent of the GDP and per student public expenditure on higher education is low in comparison to other South Asian countries. Additionally, of the total students enrolled in higher education, nearly one-third are studying in unaided private institutions.

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