Shimla: Himachal Pradesh has achieved the best enrolment rate in higher education in the country while the enrolment rate in 6-14 years age group was 99.7 per cent in the state, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Friday.
Presiding over the meeting of the state higher education council, set up under RUSA (Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan), he said here education was among the top priority sectors of the government.
Saying Himachal Pradesh has emerged as one of the pioneering states in the field of education with best parameters, Singh claimed that the state had second highest literacy rate while enrolment rate in the age group of 6-14 years was 99.7 per cent.
Besides, the student learning level was also the best and the drop out rate was very less as compared to other states.
He directed the education department to ensure that quality education was imparted in the District Institutions of Education and Training (DIET) and also avoid unwanted postings and transfers of teachers.
He said that JBT teachers should also be given training in English teaching so that the level of primary education could be improved.
He also directed the teachers to ensure that English, mathematics and Hindi subjects were taught as compulsorily in all primary schools.
The Chief Minister said the assessment of the children should not be done by the teachers of the same school but by teachers from other schools for objective evaluation.
The government would also consider opening of College of Fine Arts in the state, Singh said.
He directed the HP University authorities to maintain financial discipline as the government was giving enough grant to the varsity.
Earlier, Additional Chief Secretary P C Dhiman proposed more colleges of teacher education besides opening College of Architecture and Planning in the State.
He said as per the UGC norms a sum of rupees two crore for 25 listed colleges had been sanctioned in the first phase under "Infrastructure Grants to Colleges" to address their critical needs especially for creating or upgrading laboratories, libraries, hostels and toilets.
Director, Higher Education, Shashi Bhushan Shekhri briefed about the activities being undertaken under RUSA and a proposal of creation of universities by conversion of colleges in a cluster.