16 million children still out of school: Sibal

A total 16 million children are not attending schools in the country, Kapil Sibal said.

Tezpur: A total 16 million
children are not attending schools in the country and the
government has taken all possible steps to make them literate
within this decade, Union Human Resource Development Minister
Kapil Sibal on Friday said.

"Globalisation has led to much improvement in the
field of education and the country is ready to compete with
the rest of the world. But we cannot ignore the many children
who are still out of school, he told the 10th convocation of
Tezpur Central University.

He urged students and academicians to create an
atmosphere so that there is considerable progress in the field
of science and technology.

Referring to the north eastern region, he said it
suffered a major setback due to terrorism and education had
lagged behind for several decades. But now it was the
responsibility of the educated to come forward and help in
forming a new and progressive nation.

In recent times that women have made considerable
strides in the field of education which was a positive sign,
he said.

Assam Governor JB Patnaik, who is the Chancellor of
the central university, said the institution has attempted to
strike a balance between global expansion of knowledge and
national and regional aspirations.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi urged students to
work to change the society and also evolve a new technology to
solve the flood and erosion problem caused by Brahmaputra

The Governor presented degrees and diplomas to 1050
students of the university besides awarding doctorate degrees
to 50 students.

The apex court said Mehta shall be released on bail on
executing a bond with two solvent sureties, each in a sum of
Rs. 5 lakhs to the satisfaction of the Special Judge, CBI,
Ahmedabad, and imposed several other conditions.

Writing the judgement, Justice Sathasivam cited a number
of apex court`s earlier judgements that "when the undertrial
prisoners are detained in jail custody to an indefinite
period, Article 21 of the Constitution is violated."

"The court granting bail should exercise its discreetion
in a judicious manner and not as a matter of course. Though at
the stage of granting bail, a detailed examination of evidence
and elaborate documentation of the merits of the case need not
be undertaken, there is a need to indicate in such orders
reasons for prima facie concluding why bail was being granted,
particularly, where the accused is charged with having
committed a serious offence."