Geospatial mapping to detect areas without schools
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 17:50
New Delhi: The Government has proposed to undertake geospatial mapping of the states with regard to the unavailability of primary, secondary and higher education institutions to ensure that no areas are left without schools and colleges.

This exercise will help the Government to get information for setting up institutions as per the requirement, so that no area is left unattended, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said at the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting.

He said the mapping would also help students exercise the choice of institutes for study.

According to officials in the HRD Ministry, the problem lies in the uneven distribution of resources. While on the one hand there are areas which have a large number of schools and colleges, there are also places which have little access to educational institutes.

At the consultative meeting held recently, some of the members underlined that teaching should be multi-lingual so that the students of different regions are able to express themselves in a variety of ways.

Some others also favoured better coordination between NCERT and the SCERTs.

Sibal said that while their aim is to make vocational education an important element of secondary education, the Ministry will seek to make the curriculum flexible to address the skill sets and vocation of a particular region and make it relevant in everyday life.

Yesterday, replying to a question in Parliament, he said the Government is open to seeking foreign investment in the vocational education sector, a key thrust area under which training schools will be set up across the country to develop skills of students at the 10+2 level.

A lot of foreign investment is being planned for vocational education which will train students in various areas including paramedical and the hospitality sector.

"We have decided to constitute a National Vocational Education Framework (NVEF) within the next one year," he said.


First Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 17:50

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