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Centre to increase GER to 30 %: Pranab
Correspondent & PTI SHILLONG, APR 3:
Published on 4 Apr. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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The Centre has proposed to increase its gross enrolment ratio (GER) in education sector to 30 per cent by 2020.
“There is an aim to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio from 12.4% to 30% by 2020, but this will require additional infrastructure and increased capacities in higher education system,” Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said.
Mukherjee was addressing the first convocation ceremony of Indian Institute Managment-Shillong here in Meghalaya. Altogether, 63 students of the institute were conferred degrees. The 63 also got placements in various corporates. The IIM is named after Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
He said there is a need to have additional infrastructure and increased capacities in higher education system. “We also have to create an architecture in education that allows access and inclusion without diluting the quality,” the Finance Minister addeed.
Stating skill development is a key factor for the economic and social growth of the country, Mukherjee said that the Prime Minister’s Council on National Skill Development has laid down the core governing principles for operating strategies for skill development.
The Council has a mission of creating 50 crore skilled people by 2022, he added.
With the expansion of economy, Mukherjee said there is an increase in demand for the skilled and adequate human resources.
“What is required is to empower the youth with appropriate skills and seize the opportunities at the domestic and international levels”, he said.
Eulogising IIM-Shillong for developing and providing an educational framework that would have Sustainable Management Education as the core thrust area, the Finance Minister said there need to alleviate poverty and to ensure that the benefits of growth and development percolate down to every section of society represents a huge challenge.
The decision of RGIIM to set up a Centre for the Development of NE Region is one such step. The Centre seeks to ensure that local communities imbibe the best management practices and become partners in India ’s economic growth and success story.
He also praised the Institute for its stress on research and development activities. Research combined with extension activities can help in nation building by facilitating the benefits of sound technical education to reach more people, he said.
The IIM- Shillong is providing quality management education and opportunities to the youth of the country in the field of management.
Meanwhile, Mukherjee today said inflation might dip down after Rabi crop harvest. Food inflation is disturbing; however, it might the come down after Rabi crop harvest, Mukherjee told journalists.Rabi crops include wheat, barley, mustard sesame and other crops and are essentially harvested by mid April.
Mukherjee said that there would be no rollback on price of petrol and diesel. Most of the north eastern states are dependent on import of essential food items through its road network. Therefore, with rollback on oil unlikely the food price may not moderate to a desired level.
There has been inflationary pressure on energy import since there is a rise in global oil price rise, he said.
The Finance Minister also said that the current inflation due to erratic supply and shortfall in domestic production and global market.
We are trying everything possible including duty free import of food items to reduce inflation, he said.
Mukherjee said that the government was aware of the disturbing trend of food price rise and has brought down inflation from 14 to 10 percent this year through a host of measures.
No proposal to change leadership in Meghalaya
In a jolt to Congress dissidents demanding removal of Meghalaya chief minister D D Lapang, senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday ruled out any leadership change in the state.
“As of now there is no proposal for any leadership change,” Mukherjee said in the backdrop of 16 Congress MLAs demanding ministerial berths and Lapang’s ouster.
“The Congress party is capable of taking care of such crisis,” he said when asked about the revolt.
Lapang met the Union finance minister at Raj Bhavan late on Friday evening, but it was not clear if they discussed the present political turmoil in the state.
The 16 rebel Congress MLAs have been camping in New Delhi for the last few days demanding leadership change in the state, besides accommodation of senior MLAs in the ministry by dropping independents and the lone MLA belonging to Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM).

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