Pune: Newly appointed Maharashtra Chief
Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday said his government would
accord top priority to education in the state.
"My presence here, which could delay the process of
cabinet formation by a few hours, is to demonstrate that
education is a top priority for the state," Chavan, who
addressed a conference of Vice Chancellors here in his first
public engagement after taking over reins of the state, said.
"With my alliance partner (NCP), we will give top
priority to education as also to health and agriculture to
ensure that Maharashtra becomes a leading state in every
single parameter," he said.
The Chief Minister described Pune as "Oxford of the
east" but stressed the importance of equity in the educational
sphere saying "not all is well in the education system" and
laws were needed to check unfair educational practises with
"We have islands of excellence -- Mumbai and Pune --
in Maharashtra but in Melghat area we have problem a of
malnutrition," he said.
Chavan also emphasised on quality of education saying
every degree holder should be in a position to get a job.
"We have to look at China and endeavour to enhance our
world ranking in education," Chavan said.