Kapil Sibal lays foundation stone of IIM-Rohtak
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Last Updated: Friday, October 01, 2010, 23:34
Rohtak: Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday laid the foundation stone of the Indian Institute of Management-Rohtak at a village here and announced that a campus of National Sports University, Coimbatore will soon be established in the district.

"Haryana is poised to become the centre of education and Rohtak will be the next satellite city of Delhi," Sibal said after laying the foundation stone of the institute in Garnawathi village.

At present, classes were temporarily being held at Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak.

The Union Human Resource Development Minister also assured that a campus of National Sports University, Coimbatore will soon be established here.

The campus will help polishing talent of budding players as all facilities will be available in the complex, he said.

Expressing concern over brain drain, Sibal said "alumni of our reputed management institutes are managing several multi-national companies in foreign countries. The trend has to be reversed and our talented graduates should manage the economy of our country."

Terming education as the base of development, he said "the main difference between our country and the developed ones is that of education.

"The percentage of students going to colleges from schools is 40 to 50 in developed countries as compared to 12.4 per cent in our country. Hence, the Union government has decided to increase this rate up to 30 per cent by 2020," Sibal said.

At present, 20 crore children go to school in the country which stands two-thirds of the total population of the US. Out of these school children, only 1.4 crore go to colleges for higher study, increasing the number of which is a big challenge before India, he said.

On the occasion, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the IIM would prove a milestone in the development of the state.

"The Union government decided to set up 7 new institutes of management in the country. Of them, the foundation stone of the first institute has been laid in village Garnawathi," he said.


First Published: Friday, October 01, 2010, 23:34

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