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Assam to set up 18 model colleges
Published on 28 Dec. 2010 12:03 AM IST
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Assam government has decided to set up 18 model colleges in different parts of the state to stop the outflow of students for higher education.
State Education Minister Goutam Bora on Friday announced this here at a function to distribute laptops for students who secured first division in state school boards. The proposed colleges would offer modern and job-oriented courses so that students could pursue these programmes in the state itself.
The move comes at a time when several organisations have raised a hue and cry, saying that lack of modern, job-oriented courses in the state’s educational institutions was forcing students to go to other states for higher education.
“Besides traditional courses, the colleges will also offer job-oriented courses so that the students of the state do not feel the need to go outside to pursue these courses,” Bora said.
Outflow of students from the state has been a concern for many with the influential All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) criticising the government to stop brain drain.
According to the students’ union, state lost `700 crore every year as over 50,000 students went outside for higher education.
For years they have been demanding introduction of job-oriented courses in the state’s colleges in order to provide the local students to pursue professional courses.
Officials of the Education Department said most of the students go out to pursue engineering and management courses. The seats offered by the state in these courses are not adequate to fulfill the demand and students venture out, mostly to New Delhi, Bangalore and Pune.

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